Xbox April Update Adds Game Hubs to PC Client, QoL for Console---Cloud Gaming Preview Gets UX Refresh

Originally published at: Xbox April Update: Gaming Hubs and More - XboxEra

Pushed out yesterday, Microsoft had made multiple updates to the Xbox experience across PC and consoles as well as giving Cloud Gaming’s UX a refresh. Dubbed the Xbox April Update, the Xbox PC app will now have Gaming Hubs for all Xbox players, a feature that showcases achievements, add-ons available, progress made by friends, gallery links, and developer posts if available. Those enrolled in the App’s preview programme may see changes made to the front page as well with new sub-navigation menus to different gaming clients like EA and Riot Games.

Console users will now be able to hear Discord soundboard audio on console (it can be disabled as well!) though they cannot fire off their own duck quacks at this time. OneDrive will warn users if they’re approaching their storage limits via GameDVR, and players now have more control over what guests can and cannot install/uninstall.

Lastly, Cloud Gaming has received a refresh to the Guide menu. This menu more closely aligns with the console dashboard’s, allowing players to more easily create parties, send messages, see global Live notifications, and more. It’s a much cleaner interface and, unfortunately, the best way to send and receive messages on Xbox on PC and mobile. You can enable this refresh by enabling preview access under settings, found right on your profile image at

Have a gander below for more details on the updates, courtesy of Xbox Wire. Details on joining the Xbox Insider program can be found right below as well.

Team Xbox continues to bring new ways to make Xbox better, with players at the center, as we refine the experience and deliver brand-new features based on your feedback. This month’s update sees game hubs available for all PC players, new navigation options are starting to roll out in the Xbox app on PC, and the Xbox April Update is rolling out soon to all consoles.

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Game hubs are now available for all PC players

Back in February, we announced that our team had started rolling out game hubs for our PC players to connect even more with their favorite games.

Today, we’re excited to share that all PC players can now enjoy game hubs inside the Xbox app on PC. Navigate to any game in your library or in the sidebar to track your progress, discover the latest content and add-ons, connect and compete with your friends, and get the latest news from developers.

With this official rollout of game hubs to all players on the Xbox app, we’re also bringing back a fan-favorite feature: game captures. Any game clip or screenshots you’ve captured through Game Bar for a specific game will now be displayed in its respective game hub and locally stored on your PC. You can browse your captures in the app, copy them to the clipboard for easy sharing, or quickly jump to the file location. You can learn more about game captures here.

    April 2024 Update PC Game Hubs

    We’re just getting started with game hubs and can’t wait to share new improvements with future updates.

    New sub-navigation menu options for the Xbox app on PC are starting to roll out

    We have started previewing a new sub-navigation experience under the “What’s Happening” section of the Game Pass tab in the Xbox app on PC with a subset of players and with all Xbox Insiders. To learn more about the changes you may see when you access the Xbox app on PC, click here.

    Xbox console experience updates

    The Xbox April console update is starting to roll out

    Starting today, the Xbox April update will be rolling out to all consoles.

    If you’re using Discord Voice on your console, you’ll now be able to hear soundboard audio from others in the channel or call. If you don’t want to hear these sounds, a mute button for soundboard audio can be found in the Discord Voice options: Open the guide and go to Options Mute soundboard.

    Do you save your favorite gaming moments as game captures? If you’re using OneDrive to back up your game captures and clips, now, when you upload a game capture, you’ll get a notification on your console letting you know if you’re running low on space.

    Also, we’ve added a new control on your consoles so you can block whether users on your device can install or uninstall games and apps.  You can enable access restrictions with a “guest pin” and disable these new controls when a game or app install or uninstall happens. Your guest will be prompted for the “guest pin” to complete the activity. To view and adjust the new options, navigate to Settings > System > Access restrictions.  

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    This is all fantastic !