Microsoft Testing PC Game Pass Widget for Windows 11
Microsoft earlier this week that it was introducing a Game Pass widget to the Dev Channel. The widget will display new additions to Game Pass as well as warn users when titles are about to leave the service.
The widget will provide quick access to the Xbox app, where users will be able to check out reviews before choosing whether to give the game a try. On one hand, it’s hard not to envision the widget as a sort of personalized ad carousel that exists on the user’s desktop. On the other, it’s fair that some avid Game Pass users might want to jump on the next big title as soon as it’s available. (After all, that’s what the subscription is for.)
The Game Pass widget-in-progress is likely to be Windows 11’s first gaming-related widget. Unlike Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows 11 has yet to support third-party widgets, leaving users with a pretty basic set of Microsoft-made options. Though rumor has it Windows 11 will eventually third-party widgets onto its store, we don’t know exactly when that’ll be.
Those who are a part of Microsoft’s Dev Channel can try out the Game Pass widget by clicking the “+” icon on the widget board, then selecting the “+” icon next to the widget itself.