Xbox has produced a steady stream of innovative new ideas that benefit players since Phil Spencer took over Microsoft’s console division in 2014. Now Microsoft wants to improve gaming in Windows and it’s seeking your help.
An Idea Drive focused on Windows gaming is live on the Xbox Ideas website. Microsoft wants to know what features you think should be added, changed or removed to make Windows gaming better. Players are invited to submit new ideas and vote for ideas that have already been submitted. You can also comment on the ideas that are up for vote.
Idea Drives progress through collection and voting phases before voting ends. The Windows Gaming drive is in the collection phase although votes are being accepted. There’s no indication of how long the drive will last.
Here are the five ideas that had received the most votes at the time this was written.
- When Running a Game, Windows Should Automatically Disable Processes While Playing
- Allow Users to Stream from their PC to their Xbox Console
- Create a Version of Windows Specifically for Gaming
- Allow Users to Launch Games on PC with a Controller
- Let Users Disable Unnecessary Processes While Playing Games
I’m not so sure about a game-specific version of Windows, but the other four sound like good ideas. The first and last could be combined into a single function so players could either automatically shut down all unneeded processes or fine tune processes as suits their needs.
If the player-focused innovations and improvements brought to Xbox are a good predictor, Microsoft is serious about improving Windows gaming. If you’ve got some useful ideas, now’s the time to offer them up to Microsoft and the Windows gaming community.