Xbox Game Bar SDK
Expand your reach on a customizable gaming overlay built into Windows 10Get started
What is the Game Bar?
Through the power of Win+G, Xbox Game Bar is a customizable gaming overlay that gives players access to experience-enhancing widgets — all without leaving their game.Game Bar overview
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Whether you're an app dev or a game dev, we have the tools to help enhance your players' experience.
Meet your players where they are
Players don’t like to tab away and risk losing their game. Do them a solid with custom widgets that light up your experience and help players stay in the game.Learn how to create custom widgets today
Xbox Game Bar SDK uses familiar tools
The Game Bar widget is no different than any other UWP XAML app. Aside from a slightly different activation and a little "bootstrapping" when the app is activated, it’s a set of tools you’re already familiar with.Learn more about your development experience
Widget store within the Game Bar
A dedicated Widget store provides a focused catalog for widget discoverability and management — without interrupting gameplay.Learn more about the Widget Store
Xbox code samples
We have a selection of widget code samples available to help you build the right experiences for your unique scenarios.
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We’ve made it easy for you to get your overlay up and running using the tools you already know.
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