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Windows 10's Xbox app updated to enable 1080p game streaming

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Microsoft's Windows 10 preview for the Xbox One is set to arrive for testers next month, but the company is providing a minor update to its Xbox app today ahead of the upcoming refreshed look and feel for the console. An August Xbox app update enables Windows 10 PC owners to stream Xbox One games in 1080p at 60 fps. A secret setting enabled this feature just last week, and Microsoft is now making it official for everyone to use. However, the company warns "the new streaming capability works best for gamers who have home networks with adequate bandwidth."

In our own testing it certainly looks a lot better, but it appears to increase the chances of slight lag or buffering compared to the previous 720p streaming. Alongside the streaming improvements, Microsoft is also adding the ability to control game and party notifications for its Windows 10 app. Other improvements include the ability to now add games to your collection, and an option to compare achievements with friends. The Xbox app update for Windows 10 is rolling out now, as part of Microsoft's plans to provide regular app updates for all of its Windows 10 services.