PC gaming handhelds have taken off in the last couple of years and their prevalence shows no sign of slowing down. For the Windows variety, simplicity is a key criticism and Microsoft is trying to address it with the new compact mode for the Xbox app.
So, this new compact mode is far from revolutionary so don’t expect it to change your mind on Windows PC gaming handhelds if you already have qualms. The new mode simply makes the Xbox app easier to use with handheld devices but it goes no way towards making the whole Windows gaming experience easier. You’ll still want to stick with your Steam Deck or Steam Deck OLED.
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What you’ll need:
- A Windows PC gaming handheld
- The Xbox app
The Short Version
- Turn on your Windows handheld
- Open the Xbox app
- Select your username
- Toggle compact mode
- Navigate the new handheld-friendly interface
Turn on your Windows handheld
Whether you’ve got an Asus, Lenovo or something else, load up Windows on your handheld.
Open the Xbox app
You may already have it on your desktop or taskbar but, if not, search for it in the Start menu.
Select your username
Click on your username in the top left corner to open a drop-down menu.
Toggle compact mode
Click the toggle to the right of compact mode to turn it on.
Navigate the new handheld-friendly interface
You can now see compact mode, which sizes down the left-hand-side menu to offer a wider handheld-friendly page.