Microsoft Testing New Compact Mode in Xbox App for Windows 11 on Handheld Devices
Improving the Gaming Experience on Smaller Screens and Windows Handhelds
Microsoft is actively testing updates to its Xbox app on Windows 11, aiming to enhance the gaming experience on handheld devices and smaller screens. In a recent test version of the Xbox app released by Microsoft, a new “compact mode” has been introduced, significantly reducing the size of the left-hand sidebar.
Compact mode has been specifically designed to enhance the user experience on handheld devices and smaller screens. However, it’s important to note that this change is not limited to such devices and is intended to benefit users on any screen size. While it may seem like a minor user interface adjustment, it holds great significance, especially for users of devices like the ROG Ally, which features a compact 7-inch display. Windows 11 can be a bit cramped on such devices, and these improvements to the Xbox app represent an encouraging first step toward potentially introducing a dedicated handheld mode for Windows.