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Xbox PC App September Update Adds HowLongToBeat and More New Stuff – Effinate Games


The Xbox PC app is constantly updated by Microsoft based on user reviews from various websites. This month’s update has also brought some brand new features and they look really promising.

Xbox PC App partnership with HowLongToBeat

This is a really interesting feature that no one really asked for, but if you think about it, it can be really useful. Xbox has partnered with HowLongToBeat to help people know the estimated time it will take to finish the game.

You will be able to see the estimated time to complete the game in the Game Pass app for most games. HowLongToBeat is a community-driven website that specializes in game lengths.

HowLongToBeat on Xbox PC App

This is really useful as you can now monitor what to play depending on the time you have. Let’s say you have a few free days, you can play the game that has a campaign that long. Besides, you can even monitor the length of the main story along with side missions. There will be four different categories that have been revealed by Xbox:

  • Main Story (Required): You complete the main objectives, just enough to see the credits roll
  • Main Story and Additional Quests/Medals/Unlockables: You take your time, discover and complete additional tasks not required
  • Completionist (100%): You strive for every achievement, every medal and conquer all that the game has to offer
  • Combined: All play styles considered during estimation

There will also be an opportunity to record your own times to help your fellow players. You can also learn about other players’ playstyles from community ratings, gameplay notes, and data breakdowns by platform and playstyle. You can learn more here. The feature will be free for Xbox Game Pass holders and can also be purchased separately.

More new features from the update

The performance of the app has been improved in this month’s update to make it more stable. Xbox claims the update has improved app launch times by 15% along with better responsiveness. The app is also 99.99% crash free now and player complaints about games not installing have been fixed.

This update has brought some really nice upgrades to the Xbox PC app. The HowLongToBeat integration in particular sounds really nice, and we’re looking forward to seeing it in action.

What are your thoughts on the new feature set? Will the HowLongToBeat feature be useful to you? Tell us in the comments.

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