Microsoft is finally fixing this frustrating Xbox Series X problem
The next Xbox Series X update will make it easier to see which games you can play
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🙌 A new Xbox Series X update tackles one of the console’s most annoying issues
🔎 Soon, it will be easier to know if a game has left Game Pass, whether it requires a disc or a different user to sign in
🧪 The new badges are being tested by Xbox Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead Insiders
Microsoft is testing a new Xbox Series X update that should address one of the console's most frustrating issues: knowing whether a game needs a disc, has left Xbox Game Pass, or requires a different user to sign in.
Xbox engineering lead Eden Marie shared a new “badges” feature on Twitter that will signify whether a game requires a disc to be inserted or if you don’t have a license to play a particular title (e.g., a game has recently left Xbox Game Pass).
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Games that require a disc will show a small badge in the bottom right-hand corner, while any title installed that you may no longer have a license for will show a triangle with an exclamation mark.
This seemingly simple change will help avoid the all too common scenario where you jump back into a game you have installed, only to be told that you either need a disc or don’t own that particular game.
With Xbox Game Pass offering hundreds of titles to play, it can be easy to keep titles installed even when they’ve left the service, completely unaware they’re no longer playable until you boot them up. The badges should make storage management more straightforward, too, as you won’t end up with games you can’t play installed.
The new badges feature is available to Xbox Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead Insiders. Insiders can also test out Discord voice chat and enjoy faster bootup times. If you’d like to become an Xbox Insider, you can learn how to join the program here.
🤔 More to come?
Microsoft has made several updates to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S since the consoles were released in November 2020. We’ve seen the additions of Dolby Vision gaming support, Xbox Cloud Gaming on console, dynamic backgrounds, and FPS Boost, to name but a few. Microsoft has also refined existing features such as Quick Resume and recently added the ability that let users view hidden achievements.
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Uh oh, thanks for the heads-up ... did not realize installed games can be unplayable if they leave Game Pass. Wonder if that applies to EA Play games, also from Game Pass -- since I'm currently at the bottom staring up at a DA: Inquisition campaign. Probably fine. EA has a long, distinguished track record for sensible and thoughtful decision-making regarding their IP. *This is fine.*