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Last month, Microsoft announced a big round of updates regarding the future of its gaming strategy, giving us more details on its upcoming Xbox Series X and backward compatibility. The company also gave some attention to its cross-platform Stadia competitor, xCloud (our comparison here). Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch the service and has shared that it'll come September 15 as part of the existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which costs $14.99 a month. The Xbox developers have also shown off some game-specific touch controls, developed in cooperation with the respective studio.
The Xbox Smartglass app has been available on Android for a while, letting users control the Xbox's media functions, such as play, pause, and menu navigation, directly through the app. Today, at Microsoft's E3 press conference, the app is getting a big update, being renamed to just 'Xbox' and with features comparable to the equivalent on Windows 10. With the app, you can use Xbox Live, buy games, or watch game content shared by other users, making it the ultimate companion to the Microsoft-made box sitting near your TV.
Updated home – The Activity Feed is the home of the Xbox app
Added Trending content – Find out what's popular on Xbox Live
Facebook friend finder – Add your Facebook friends who are also on Xbox
Contact list friend finder – Use your phones contact list to add friends to Xbox Live
Real name sharing – Be able to share your real name with your friends
Game hubs – Game Hubs now added to Xbox app
Updated profiles – Redesigned user profiles in Xbox app
The banner features of the update are mostly to do with Xbox Live, Microsoft's online gaming network.