The Xbox Game Bar is an underrated tool that gives you access to a bunch of Windows features without leaving a full-screen game on your PC.
Recently, the Xbox Game Bar picked up third-party widget support, allowing developers of all sizes to submit apps directly into the Game Bar. There aren’t a ton of apps yet, but both Razer and XSplit have joined the party, with some hobbyist developers creating things like notepads, calculators, and in-widget web-browsing.
Every now and then I browse the store for new apps, and just found a nifty tool which should make grindy tasks in certain games a bit easier.
Built by Marconi Gomes, the YouTube Gamebar Overlay is a simple widget that lets you pull up and search for YouTube videos, picture-in-picture style while running a game (or any app, actually).
When you open the widget with the Xbox Game Bar up for the first time, it’ll prompt you to either search or input a video or playlist URL. Unfortunately, the search function causes the widget to crash as of writing. Hopefully, that will be fixed sooner rather than later. If you manually enter the video URL though, it works just fine.
While imperfect, this widget shows the power and potential of the Xbox Game Bar widget API, which could eventually expand to include things like Discord and other services.