April’s edition of Inside Xbox had a ton of announcements, one of which is that third-party widgets are coming to the Xbox Game Bar, with Razer and XSplit the two launch partners. While an SDK is available for third-party developers to get involved, initially there’s only a couple to choose from, with a third from Intel already confirmed with no known release date.
Nevertheless, it’s an exciting development and adds even more functionality to one of Windows 10’s sleeper hit features. Here’s how you go about getting your widget on.
How to install third-party widgets on Xbox Game Bar
- Load up the Game Bar by pressing Win + G.
Click on the widget menu to the right of the clock.
Source: Windows Central
- At the very bottom, click widget store (beta).
One important thing to note is that these widgets are merely that. They’re an extension of the apps behind them, and as such, you will need to have the corresponding app also installed on your PC and running to be able to use them.
From there on out, though, they all behave just as the existing first-party widgets on the Xbox Game Bar. That means you can manipulate them in location and size, and pin the bits you want to keep on your desktop.
Hopefully, this is the beginning of a bright future for third-party integrations on the Xbox Game Bar. There are a ton of apps and services that would be perfect matches for it, so we’ll be crossing our fingers. Looking at you, Discord!