The new Xbox app for mobile finally launched on iOS and Android back on Monday after being made available in Beta for the past few weeks, and the reception so far has been somewhat mixed.
On the plus side, it includes some fantastic features such as a streamlined set-up feature for new consoles (including the Xbox Series X|S), the ability to share screenshots and clips from your phone to social media and via messages, an option to download games before you buy them, and the superb addition of Remote Play.
However, the trade-off for this appears to have been the removal of some key features such as Achievements and the lack of a Store experience, which fans have been quick to point out on social media.
Here's what appears to be missing from the app at the time of writing:
- Achievement tracker
- The ability to change your Gamerpic
- A full Xbox Store experience (with redeem code option)
- The 'Looking for Group' feature
- Activity Feed
In response to a question about Achievements specifically, Xbox principal program manager Harrison Hoffman recently confirmed that the team is looking into adding these to the app in the future.
"Agreed! We love Achievements too and look forward to bringing them to this app in the future. Can't share much beyond that yet."
It might be some time yet though, and while we've been really pleased with the new additions to the app (particularly Remote Play), we'd definitely like to see the return of Achievements, Gamerpics and a full Xbox Store experience to complete the package.
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