Windows 11 Leak Reveals Big Improvements For Gamers

All signs point to a Windows 11 reveal later this month. Microsoft has an event planned for June 24th and betting money is on the unveiling of the new operating system.

Naturally, images and video of the new OS have already leaked online, including some screenshots of the Xbox and Game Pass app integration into Windows 11, which appears more streamlined than Windows 10.

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As you can see in the above image, the new UI is very clean, with slightly rounded edges on all the windows softening up the Windows 10 look. The Task Bar icons are all centered as well, rather than hugging the left side of the bar. This isn’t a radical redesign, but it’s clean and slick.

The above image is of the Windows 10 Store which looks pretty much the exact same as before, but there are rumors that a new app store is in the works. Microsoft will reportedly open up the app store to third party commerce apps, allowing them to skirt past Microsoft’s cut of the profits, an issue that’s at the heart of Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple and that company’s app store. This could be a big deal for games and game developers.

According to The Verge’s Tom Warren, Microsoft is improving Xbox integration into Windows 11. “The new Xbox app is now integrated into Windows 11,” writes Warren, “offering quick access to Xbox Game Pass games, the social parts of Xbox network, and the Xbox store. The Xbox Game Bar and Windows Game Mode all remain the same as Windows 10 in this early leaked build.”

This is important. Currently there is integration between Xbox and Windows 10 on PC, including the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription that includes games on both platforms, but that integration remains a bit clunky. A more streamlined experience will make switching between Xbox—on an Xbox or a mobile device—and Windows 11 PCs much simpler and more intuitive.

Windows 11 should also feature other improvements for gaming, including more efficient use of resources and memory. However, this leak does not include any information on that. We’ll need to wait for the big event on June 24th to find out more, including when exactly Windows 11 should release to consumers. It shouldn’t be too much longer now. As someone who enjoys rearranging rooms for fun and upgrading my PC as often as possible, I’m ready for the upgrade.

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Stay tuned for more coverage of Windows 11 and its gaming features as the reveal event approaches.


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