The Xbox Windows app will let you know if games play well on your PC before you download them

Microsoft is adding a simple tag to its Xbox for Windows app, allowing PC gamers to know if a title works fine on their machine before going ahead and downloading it. The feature is currently in testing and is limited to select games before it is released to all users of the Xbox app.

While the system requirements have always been listed in the Xbox app, this simple tag should make it easy for PC owners to figure out if a game can run on their system. Microsoft is running a performance check with a variety of PC games to create this tag.

The new tag in the Xbox app.

There are a number of games that are not yet labeled and simply show “performance check not available yet”, suggesting that the Xbox app doesn’t just check your PC’s system requirements. It seems like Microsoft is building its own database of how well PC games work.

Microsoft has yet to officially detail this new performance check, so it’s unclear if the label is based on the minimum specs for a game, the recommended ones, or other system information.

If the ratings are reliable, it could be an easy alternative to using third-party tools and websites like Can You Run It. If you are interested in trying this new label or even being able to install PC games more freely, Microsoft allows Let everyone try this new version of the Xbox app. All you need to do is download the Xbox Insider app and opt for Windows game preview.

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