Installing the required version of Game Bar

Current Game Bar

The current version of Game Bar supports widgets. First ensure that you're running a supported Windows 10 version, then use the Microsoft Store app to check for downloads and updates. Make sure that Game Bar is up to date and you'll be ready to go.

Install Preview Version of Game Bar

If you want to view the latest Game Bar features, and updates to the SDK you will need to join the Game Bar preview program.

Install the Xbox Insider Hub

The Xbox Insider Hub can be installed from the Microsoft Store.

  1. Press the Start button, type store, then select Microsoft Store
  2. Select Search, enter insider in the box, then select Xbox Insider Hub.
  3. Select Get or Install.

Join the Game Bar (Skip-ahead) preview

A preview can include games, apps, experiences, and the Xbox One Update Preview. To sign up:

  1. Open the Xbox Insider Hub.
  2. Choose Insider content.
  3. Choose "Game Bar"
  4. Press Join.
  5. Choose the Group you want to join, in this case "Skip-Ahead"

Read the Terms and Conditions of participating in the preview, and then select Accept.

Once you're accepted into the program (usually within minutes) you can check for the preview version in the Microsoft Store.

Stop participating in Game Bar preview

  1. Open the Xbox Insider Hub.
  2. Choose Insider content.
  3. Select a preview you're participating in.
  4. Select Manage.
  5. Choose Unenroll, then select Done.