Xbox has partnered with HowLongToBeat to reveal game completion predictions on its PC app. Microsoft added the tool as part of its September update, letting players know the average time it takes to complete games from their catalog. The website/resource collects values from community members and produces an average figure, helping gamers map their sessions over time. The publisher has improved Xbox PC app launch times by 15 percent, as well as other quality-of-life improvements.
The HowLongToBeat Aggregation categories playtimes into four groups. First, there is the ‘main story’, which only focuses on the primary objectives, enough to watch the credits roll. The second is ‘Main + Extra Tally’, which takes into account some side missions and exploration. Then there’s the ‘completionist’ mode, recommended for those trying to unlock every achievement/medal the game offers — understandably, the longest. And finally, there is a ‘combined’ estimate, which takes all the play styles mentioned above and calculates the overall figure.
Clicking the ‘View Details’ button on the Xbox PC app redirects to the HowLongToBeat website, allowing players to leave their own completion times. You can access guides, help other players in the community, and compare times for bragging rights. Additional insights such as reviews, playthrough notes, and data breakdowns by platform are also showcased.
Microsoft has improved load times on the Xbox PC app by 15 percent, fixing occasional stuttering when scrolling. “We’ve seen crash-free sessions improve to 99.9%, and player reports of games not downloading or installing have been reduced by nearly half,” explains Jason Beaumont, partner director of product management. The studio also notes improved search results in the app and a store page redesign. Instead of scrolling down, game trailers, screenshots, and descriptions are now presented at the top — similar to the Steam and Epic Games Store interfaces.
Earlier this month, Xbox launched Game Pass friends and family plans in Ireland and Colombia. As the name suggests, the subscription allows users to share account benefits with up to four people in their gaming circle. Members only need to have a Microsoft account and reside in the same country. Currently, there is no word on an India launch.