Windows 10 Game Bar displays Xbox controller battery level

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
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Windows 10 Battery Indicator

Gamers can now use the Windows 10 Game Bar feature  to check the Xbox controller’s battery level. They will be able to keep track of their battery during intense gaming sessions.

The battery level indicator feature has been rolled out in response to the feedback Microsoft got from gamers.

Major Nelson broke the news on the social media platform Twitter, stating that the Windows 10 Game Bar will now have a battery icon on the top right corner.

As soon as users connect the Xbox controller wirelessly , they will automatically see the battery.

Windows 10 users can’t wait to test the new feature and some of them even went on to suggest some improvements.

One of the users said:

I wish you would bring the framerate options back…

While another one described his requirements for an option:

Please give me the option to turn that game bar into Launch xbox 360 style blades.

A third one wanted the battery indicator to come with the percentage.

Thanks but why you did not add the % of the battery left

Most importantly, a  user reported an issue he has been experiencing related to the game bar.

The game bar controls terribly with a controller though! The UI really isn’t made for it. To go down to he menu you have to use left and right on the D-pad, it makes no sense.

We hope that Microsoft releases an update to address these issues.

How to launch the Game bar

There are two ways to launch the Game bar. Your controller has an Xbox button so you can either press that or use Windows+G keys as an alternate solution.
You will be able to see your battery status at the right side of the current time, close to the bar top.
In case you encounter any problems with the Windows 10 Game bar, Microsoft suggests the users need to try a quick workaround:



  • If Game bar doesn’t appear for a full-screen game, try keyboard shortcuts: Press the Windows logo key  + Alt + R to start recording a clip, then press it again to stop. You’ll see the screen flash when the recording starts and ends.

The new feature will definitely be beneficial for all the gamers who are going to use Xbox Wireless controllers on their Windows 10 systems. 
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