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New Windows Game Bar Does Spotify, Friends And Memes


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The Game Bar is what pops up when someone presses the Windows key plus G while playing a game on a Windows PC, giving quick access to screenshot, capture, and streaming tools. Now it does a bit more: Friends lists, messaging, Spotify access and the ability to drop funny text on screenshots. Or just regular text. Memes.

A post on Xbox Wire details today’s update, which requires you to have downloaded the Xbox Insider Hub from the Windows Marketplace. Game Bar users can now customize a number of on-screen overlays, or widgets, to help perform gaming-related tasks. There’s a social widget, where Xbox Live friends and messages appear. A volume widget, which lets Spotify users access the app directly from the overlay and control the volume. There’s even a PC performance monitor, good for making people with ridiculously powerful computers feel better about themselves.

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The other major addition is new screenshot-sharing functionality. Before sharing on Twitter or saving to the computer, users can type meme text along the tops and/or bottoms of their captured images, like so.

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Yep. You can only use all-caps Impact font, for maximum 2006 I Can Haz Cheezburger aesthetic.

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Hit up the Xbox Wire post for instructions on how to enable the new Game Bar functionality on your PC. It will change your life in an incredibly insignificant way.

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DISCUSSION

How many overlays can one possibly need?

If I run a Ubisoft game through Steam I get not one, or two but up to four different game bars all at once (Steam, UPlay, Windows and the Nvidia bar).

And yes, I know you can disable them, but I would love it if these guys got their shit together and unified things a bit.