Major Nelson has announced a new update for Windows 10 PCs, which brings 1080p/60fps streaming to the Xbox app, meaning streaming games will look a lot better than it has so far.

The update is in the process of rolling out and should come down automatically in the next few hours for every PC running on Microsoft’s new OS.

Once it’s down, you’ll see a new quality setting under the Xbox app’s settings called Very High, and choosing it should ensure better visuals during streaming so long as your home network can handle the added data load.

Having used the Xbox-One-to-Windows-1o-streaming feature of the new Xbox app quite a bit myself over the past week, I noticed more than a bit of compression and a less-than-sharp resolution while playing a streamed game over a wired connection, so it’s good that the update will address this.

But that’s not all: Microsoft is also adding more functionality to the app, most notably the ability to compare games and achievements with your Xbox Live friends which has been strangely absent thus far. So much for the Windows Insiders providing feedback that MS actually listens to – that should have been in there at launch – but that’s water under the bridge, now.

So goodbye, muddy and somewhat washed-out 720p streaming, and hello 1080p/60fps goodness!

[Source – Major Nelson]
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