The Xbox (Beta) app on PC has switched architecture and has started adding the framework for supporting mods on games delivered via the Microsoft Store.
The Xbox (Beta) app on PC is how you access Xbox Game Pass on PC, and a range of Microsoft titles that haven't yet made the leap to Steam.
One long-standing complaint about PC games on the Microsoft Store is the lack of support for mods. Many games have vibrant modding communities of hobby developers who create content that ranges from random bug fixes to entire gameplay expansions, and much more. Mods can breathe life into games that are no longer in development or fix ones that perhaps never actually finished development. The Steam Workshop for gaming mods on PC is a major advantage of PC gaming in general, and it's one aspect of UWP and the Microsoft Store that always made it feel archaic.
Microsoft announced a while ago that it was building mods into its store delivery system, and with this latest update to the Xbox (Beta) app on PC, we're starting to see the first shades of that.
I downloaded this app on my PC lastnight, as was pleasantly surprised to see that it seems to be almost the exact same user interface that is coming to Xbox consoles. This is literally like having an Xbox console on your PC. This is great for Playstation and Nintendo fans who do actually own a gaming PC, and want to be able to have access, not only to Xbox games, but also to the Xbox console experience, all without paying for a yearly subscription to play games online. Bravo Microsoft!
Microsoft embracing the PC market and building their ecosystem with Game pass is working wonders. Wonder if more mod support will happen on Series X?
"Beyond the updates on the modding front, the Xbox (Beta) client is now fully built on React Native architecture."
Really? Now that is interesting. Smart though. Basically makes the app entirely cross platform for both Windows and mobile. Used to be Microsoft would create its own framework for everything but in recent years they have adopted tech from other companies like Facebook and Google. Visual Studio has templates for both React and Angular as well as other tech like docker containers. Think all this started to change when Ballmer left.
This is massive.
Another step in the right direction