Microsoft has recently made improvements to the Xbox app on Windows, introducing a new compact mode that supports usage on portable devices and smaller screens. This feature is similar to those found on devices like the ASUS ROG Ally or other portable gaming consoles that are coming to the market soon.
The ability to optimize the operating system and apps for gaming on Windows-based portable devices has been a focus for Microsoft for some time now. In fact, there was even a leaked document called “Windows Handheld Mode” that emerged from an internal hackathon within the company.
While the addition of compact mode to the Xbox app on Windows may not yet involve a visual overhaul of the entire Windows interface, it is a positive indication that Microsoft is increasingly supporting this portable gaming console-like functionality.
This change can be seen in version 2311.1000.41.0 of the Xbox app, which is currently in testing and available exclusively to Xbox Insiders.
TLDR: Microsoft has updated the Xbox app on Windows to include a new compact mode, allowing for improved usage on portable devices and small screens. This signifies Microsoft’s continued efforts to support gaming on Windows-based portable devices. The update is currently being tested by Xbox Insiders.