Microsoft is testing a new feature in the Xbox app for Windows that will let you know how well a game should run on your PC.
The feature is currently available for select games as part of the Xbox Insiders program and has a label on a game’s page that indicates how well a game should perform.
Currently, several titles do not have a label stating that “Performance verification is not yet available” indicating that the functionality is not related to a simple cross-check of your system specifications. with the listed system requirements of a game.
As The Verge notes, this is probably because Microsoft is building a games database with different performance ratings using different hardware, which should provide a much better indication than just checking a system against the listed system requirements. , as other third-party tools currently do. .
Analysis: Anything That Makes PC Games More Accessible Is a Good Thing
PC gaming has a reputation for being a fairly opaque business, thanks in large part to the sometimes completely incomprehensible system configuration lists and the lack of familiarity many gamers have with hardware specifications.
If you’re just trying to get into PC gaming, is an AMD Radeon RX 5600XT better than an Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 Super? An RTX 3080? What about generations of processors? How many people could tell you if they were running on a seventh generation or better Intel processor?
It might be a small thing, but an easy-to-read label is a good start. Hopefully this feature will someday tell you what isn’t up to par with your PC, but for now anything that improves people’s gaming experience is a step in the right direction.