Microsoft Currently Testing PC Game Pass Widget for Windows 11

Users of Windows 11 can change their desktops in a number of ways. The noble PC Game Pass Widget is probably the most interesting way to change things. It can show the weather and the user’s calendar, cycle through photos, or convert international currencies. Soon, there will be a new widget: a Game Pass carousel that shows off the latest games added to Microsoft’s subscription service.

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Microsoft announced earlier this week that a Game Pass widget would be added to the Dev Channel. The widget will show new games added to Game Pass and let users know when a game is about to be taken off the service. It will also put games from certain groups in the spotlight.

Microsoft Currently Testing PC Game Pass Widget for Windows 11

Microsoft didn’t say if these highlights would include categories the user is known to buy from or if they would just be categories Microsoft chooses to highlight from time to time. However, the company did say later in its announcement that it was excited to offer “personalized recommendations” of games it thinks users will love, so it’s likely the former.

Microsoft Currently Testing PC Game Pass Widget for Windows 11
Microsoft Currently Testing PC Game Pass Widget for Windows 11

Users will be able to quickly get to the Xbox app, where they can read reviews of a game before deciding whether or not to try it. On the one hand, it’s hard not to think of the widget as a kind of personalised ad carousel that lives on the user’s desktop. On the other hand, it’s understandable that some Game Pass users would want to play the next big game as soon as it comes out. (That’s what the subscription is for, after all.)

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The Game Pass widget, which is still being worked on, is likely to be the first widget for gaming in Windows 11. Unlike Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows 11 doesn’t yet support widgets from other companies. This means that users only have a few simple options made by Microsoft. There are rumours that Windows 11 will eventually add widgets from third parties to its store, but we don’t know when that will happen.

Members of Microsoft’s Dev Channel can try out the Game Pass widget by clicking the “+” icon on the widget board and then clicking the “+” icon next to the widget itself.

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