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Xbox Games for Windows Phone 8.1 updated again, returns to the App list

Xbox Games

Ready, set, update! Today has been a very, very busy for big updates in the Windows Phone Store. We saw Spotify pick up a major update with a new design, radio support and more. Path finally went to version 2.0 and picked up Path Shop. Beats Music had an update that introduced some crazy optimization that made it faster and Readit picked up a ton of new features. Now we’re looking at an update for the Games hub.

Remember yesterday’s update for the Games hub on Windows Phone 8.1? It sent us all into a tizzy when the update removed the app from the App list. Today’s update to version 2.0.1405.13001 brings it back to the App list! That’s really all about it, making yesterday’s update look like a fluke.

We’re still not seeing any major changes to Games on Windows Phone 8.1, which is a bummer because we’re just salivating for new features. Notice anything else new? Sound off below in the comments.

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EcDumB says:

Lol. That was fast

carlosrdd says:

Damn right! Now put all the games back in the games hub...

goldenpipes says:

This really needs to be an option. I hate having the games in the app list.

lancguy says:

I totally agree. It's fine to have games in my ap list on the desktop, I expect them there, but it is much easier to find games in the hub on my phone. I really hate that change

q21701 says:

I'd actually like to have a game hub, on Windows 8.1. I basically built by own using the grouping, but Id like to see a formal hub.

LeiChat says:

I can live without the games hub personally but there's so much the app (or perhaps the Xbox Smartglass app) could offer...

I'd like to see a transparent live tile for 8.1, but with the animated avatar.

It would also be nice to have a tile notification queue that flipped to show current/recent challenges/achievements.

Something else I'd really like to see is contact integration with Xbox Live friends, essentially allowing me to link gamertags just like you can link Facebook, Twitter, etc.
It would be great to be able to see recent updates for a person from social networks AND Xbox Live and jump quickly to send them a message.

interopbyt says:

I also don't like having them in the app list, partly because they take too much space and partly because their icons' style don't look modern-y enough (like most of my apps' icons)

SonOfDad says:

Amen to that, I often download games thinking I'll check them out and never get around to it so I don't need them take ing up space in my app list

FBirraque says:

I hate have the games in the application list too!

Yeah and MS took it literally!

majohnny says:

I don't see how they can give an app the rights to change the app list. Especially since you can just uninstall it, which would lead to you 'never' seeing your games again.
I really don't welcome the whole 'not integrated app' idea.

My current solution is app folder. I put all my most played games in a folder and pin it to my start screen. Then I edit that list from time to time.

WPmunkey says:

Personally I'm loving the game apps in the app list. It took too many clicks and swipes to get to my games. Now they are all here, where I expect to find apps.

Odog4ever says:

Agree, there should be an option so both camps can be happy.

IzaacJ says:

Better yet, the games could be grouped at either the top or bottom of the app list (preferences). That way I gladly keep the games in the app list. Just want them all grouped.

LeiChat says:

Careful what you wish for, you'll end up with iPhone style folders. :(

sd173 says:

Seems faster...

John Morris6 says:

I really wish people would drop this age old bullshit of a joke

eddieDOTexe says:

its worse than memes

sinisfree says:

Seems old Faster

Slovenix says:

Seems faster at being slow.

EssThree says:

It really actually is, though. It opens way faster and stuff loads quicker in it...

1101x10 says:

Back when I was in school (a long time ago!) at the end every Biology lesson the teacher asked "Has anyone got any questions" and every time one kid always asked "Where do bee's go in winter?". This went on for two years and the teacher ignored him the whole time.

sph0308 says:

Your comment got my curiousity going to find out where bees go in the winter. Honey bees form a dense cluster in the hive around the queen and keep her warm all winter. Much like how penguins survive the winters in Antartica by standing together in a tight group and rotating the outside member into the inner circle after they have born the brunt at the edge of the group. Bees do the same thing.

kevC4D says:

Too bad they can't update this fast all the time.

Beshoy Hanna says:

I just updated an app for WP 8.1 and it took like 2 secs to verify and publish. Expect this more often.

tkdmacgeek says:

They fixed thier fuck up!

kevC4D says:

No, they just reverted it to the old code. A least to some extent. My games app was running slow, like visibly slow frame rates while scrolling the list. The update yesterday fixed that. Now today's update broke it again.

Kitavi Ken says:

Are you in that team? If no can you shut your mouth up

kevC4D says:

Oh look, its Mr crabby pants.

tkdmacgeek says:

Your crabs are real.

kevC4D says:

You're just a pleasant little troll.

Looks like MS testing team isn't doing their part properly. Integration testing involves testing such cases. Looks like the developers and testers both are doing unit testing and thats it.

bambusbieger says:

Until now they're only rolling this out to devices with the Preview for Developers installed, so it's not that big of a deal imho.

But once WP8.1 goes public, they should improve their testing.

wonder1070 says:

Doesn't even work though after the update....... Lumia 928 8.1

Zamir Yusof says:

I would like to have the option to uninstall from Games hub. It's frustrating now when I try to uninstall some old games I need to search through the app list

Slovenix says:

It was obvious :D

Kavanpatel94 says:

After download, installation failed everytime.... Plz give solution

Soble says:

So it was just a bug and there is recent category :)

AntEv says:

Still no transparent tile, or live tile for that matter!

sip1995 says:

Wait 2 weeks for these.

AntEv says:

No big issue, I use Transparency Tiles but a live tile would be nice. :)

blackhawk556 says:

I created a transparent tile using this app for Xbox music and every time I tried using it, it took me to the black screen. Now that I pinned to green tile, the black screen bug occurs way less often.

dont hold your breath for transparent tile, I doubt anything with xbox branding is going to lose the green tile

I assumed the same but Xbox Music team said that app is getting a transparent one

thaman04 says:

Yeah but not an animated one... animated tiles only exist for baked in apps unfortunately.  Hope that changes.

It will, Microsoft has said they will implement the live tile to Xbox music, which is also a non baked in app

Also, cool to know transparent tiles are coming, though it don't matter to me, I like the mix of solid and transparent tiles

wiederman says:

Hmmm..... seems like it was a mistake

sip1995 says:

Windows phone DON'T have viruses.

myrandex says:

I told you guys last time of a nice change on the last version...recent games are appearing now and they didn't used to.

SenneVc says:

I noticed that too, I'm glad it's back

L Beezy says:

At least the recent list is still there!

chsoriano says:

You would think music, video, games, and the other Microsoft apps would have gotten transparent tile support relatively quickly... Seems about as trivial as adding/removing the link in the app list :/

eric12341 says:

8.1 isn't official yet, I'm sure it'll be added by official release.

chsoriano says:

Yeah I know... But I don't see why they can't do that at the same time they're making all these improvements to the music app or seemingly insignificant updates to games hub...

hopmedic says:

It is as trivial as creating a png image with a transparent background. With the tile design of these rules, if it takes 30 seconds per tile, something's wrong.

robbiegod says:

I'm not sure if they plan to do transparent tile on the music, video, and games apps.  They use a green color background.  They don't use the theme color.  I wish in Windows Phone 8.1 I was able to pick any color for the tiles that I want.  I think that would be a nice enhancement.

Like i like group apps by color to make it easier to find them on the start screen and we could make some pretty cool color designs if we had control over what color the tile is.

I also am enjoying the background image option too.


sd173 says:

Wow. How convenient, I just decided to download the update around ½ an hour ago hoping they would fix it soon and then this happens! :D

DJCBS says:

By the way, yesterday's update brought back the "Recent" to the Game Hub games list.


Ans I'm glad the de-listing was obviously a mistake.

Devin19 says:

They probably misunderstood when people said the didn't want games in the applist..

rocketriot says:

MS, are you happy...?

eric12341 says:

Knew it was a bug and would be fixed within 48 hours.

Wow! Are you Patrick Jane?

No! He's R.J, and he is alive! 

Kritshaurya says:

I miss the music, video and games hub of WP 8

rizzo183 says:

It was just their way of saying "You want more?? yeah?? Shut up!!! Or we'll take whatever little that you DO have right now!! And we'll crush all your dreams and screw up that precious little wipndows phone you have".

Either they're evil like that, or they're just suuuuper lazy. 

"Dude should we put in the nice live tile back??"
<Yaawn> "Nah! leave it for the next update"

Marco Gomes1 says:

We all know live tiles are sooooo difficult to make. Just look at how many hours it took for lots and lots of independent devs or Jay (WPC) to update theirs. I bet its "coming soon" though :-)

HansTj says:

Speaking of games, the new Store app takes away game searches by category. Search by category is only applicable for "apps and games" as whole. Or did I miss something?

abduz says:

Categories in games hub have never been there since WP7, we just had 'Recent,' Xbox,' and 'other' (for non xbox titles).

Marco Gomes1 says:

Yeap, besides the recent games list it still looks, feels and acts like the pile of crAPP i hate with a burning passion.

Not available here in Brazil. Why????

I don't know why, but you can temporary change your region to USA, for an example, download the apps you want, and then change back again the region to Brazil! 

EzraWard says:

"We’re still not seeing any major changes to Games on Windows Phone 8.1, which is a bummer because we’re just salivating for new features."

Xbox Games app, brand new for Windows Phone 8.1! Missing your favorite features such as:

- Ability to view Xbox One achievements!

- UI consistency with the Xbox One!

- Fast and fluid performance!


But seriously, Windows Phone 8.1 still isn't released to the public so I can't complain. Yet. :)

DavidinCT says:

Yea, full Xbox one support better be there by release....


Anyone notice if you go into the Marketplace and look under games, There is No Xbox Live listing any more....

EricMarsi says:

I bet that they are preparing for the selloff of Xbox, Xbox everywhere gone

blackjackrm7 says:

Hey people I had uninstalled some Xbox games due to storage space reasons and now I have downloaded again and I have lost all progress,..any idea why? Ex angry birds classic,rabbids big bang and a few other games,..pleasee some one tell me? Excuse my english

KyleGM says:

Save data is only backed up on games that the developers chose to implement it in. I know Jetpack joyride and Minion Rush have it, sorry you're going to have to start again.

wpgeek820 says:

The 8.1 sdk now has the option to back up game progress. If developers start using the feature you can start where you left off when you reinstall the game

Zulfigar says:

Maybe this was test to see if they can make hidden features that are really apps?

Good Microsoft good move keep everything organize

Richard_Indy says:

Maybe this was a test to see how quickly they could push two successive updates out. Oh pick something small that no one will notice... Ahh with all the games in there they wont miss one little icon for one day..

jkelek says:

I appreciate their effort, really just looking for same experience as it once had. All of the apps they e ripped out of the OS seem to have some limitation on the data they can retrieve when they aren't open. This makes them slower on startup and a lot if times it's really bad on resume. Can any devs (or anyone) comment on that?

b23h says:

From the comments I was sure the sky was falling and we were doomed.   However all is right with the world and everything is back in its' place.....

But still they haven't concentrated on MUSIC UPDATE...
I've told this several times that .,
NEW X-BOX MUSIC fails to Load all the songs which are in my SD CARD...


[ For example If I've 100 songs in my S.D CARD ., it loads only 80-90 songs...
For this issue I downloaded MUSIC HUB APP.. and I'm. Happy by using that app ]

and it seems Slower while loading each & every time..

And Old MUSIC HUB was far better than this New X-BOX MUSIC

So Developers pls fix this bug and work on this issue...

Studio384 says:

They haven't? They've released 2 major feature updates, another one coming next week. Be patient...

henocksandy says:

Microsoft has promised to give updates for Xbox music every week!

Having games on app list is not big deal to me, i almost forget to go back game hub to select a game. App list is alot faster way.

mrcraggle says:

So the update before brought back recent but broke avatars on the main screen as well as remove it from the app list which this update fixes. I hope they can just make things faster. All of these new 8.1 apps are broken and slow. Music is fucked in every which way and games has a long splash screen (which shouldn't exist on a modern OS) and the connection to Xbox live takes ages whereas before my avatar would load straight in.

TiLoBrown says:

I need a podcast update...

prune_face says:

It is not update.. It is roll back..

xeonfire says:

Video Hub and UC Browser, and Office Lens has updates too...

vkelkar says:

Recent played games list

I hate to ask , it..



Great. I just updated it on my 810. Nice to see it back where it belongs!

Seriously, its faster.

minhhq says:

A new story
CEO "I don't want to see 'Games' in app list"
R&D "Yes, sir!"
R&D "is it ok, sir?"
CEO "OMG... @#$%&.."
And now, it's back. =))

All I want is for the games to be put back into the Games Hub from the App List AND/OR somekind of filter to filter out apps and games! My game usage has went down, since I can't ever remember what game it is with all my apps! 

kkarageorge says:

They should merge games and smart glass

Heeee the videoapp is also updated now :)

SergyOrtiz says:

Also Spotify for yet another update, as well as Xbox Video, Prognoza (Weather app) and Dragon's Blade II (RPG game)

I see that games which can be tried by the user now show up after the Xbox games that have been installed. They've also brought back categorization of games into Xbox and others.

MrA2Z says:

Hmmm, so now I can turn on automatic updates.

Vmac71 says:

It brought back the recent played games.

Benny1434 says:

This obviously needs to be said considering the last update:

We want the actual games, not the games tile/hub, removed from the app list!

Pretty ridiculous that needed to be clarified...

PipoDj says:

Well this update is a fluke. My game app ended with the "updating" loop. Totally unforgivable.

rodneyej says:

I guess its patch Tuesday for WP as well...

Studio384 says:

There is also an updated for Xbox Video

Edwardlb20 says:

There's a new "recent" section when you play a game

Mark Richey says:

I am one of those who actually is happy they are in the app list. Can you imagine the uproar if the Hub had disappeared and they WEREN'T!!!!! Damned, I am glad I don't work for those people. The constant bitching and moaning every move you make, the certainty that MS had pulled a fast one or not checked codes enough. I do complain with the best of them, particularly about Music, but really folks. This is all a work in progress and MS is working at feverish pace lately.

No one mentioning that games in your recent list aren't duplicated in the alphabetized list. No seriously. Go check it out.

cybermoose89 says:

Shouldn't of removed it in the first place tbh

This update got the "recent" section back from the WP8 games hub.
Now last played games show up on the top.

karthik637 says:

Unable to download from stores in India

shauntipson says:

I don't mind games apps in app list it no big deal

Ejay Lozano says:

What happened to my animated avatar on my games live tile? Why isn't the games app available on the lock screen for notification updates?

Tomas Migra says:

Scrolling list of games in hub is faster a little

swanny78 says:

Game hub still does not launch even after after update.

Still scrolls like shit, takes to long to open, and takes to long to update (should never see 'Updating', should just be there like when it was part of OS).

Animated aviators are gone. You can just chalk that up to something else they took away all the while the OS is suppose to be getting better. FOR THE LAST GOD DAMN TIME.... STOP REMOVING FEATURES, YOU RETARDS. Even things as little as this start to add up to just making us feel like your stripping the whole thing down to crap.

The Game list now loads fast like it was in WP8.

No more waiting... Earlier the app took a long time to load and then more time to show my installed games.

Now, only app loading time is long... and game list is shown instantly.

unknownguns says:

The 'recent' list is back in the games hub, that's one thing I've noticed :D

CageJ says:

seems like a bug yesterday

Yahh Buggy ...releasing the the update without even testing...ridiculous

AidenWill says:

I've been coming here for a while and I've noticed  that all the vast majority of you do is complain these days... it's really off putting. Sometimes just be patient for the "feature finished" OS (even though features are still to come) to be released officially. it's not that deep

I've been waiting over three years. And in three years I've seem them.chang directions 25 different times....that's what is off putting. Starting to get absolutely ridiculous.

Lumio says:

Maybe Microsoft should give users an option whether to display the games under the App list.. I've so many apps and games that make my menu look like paper flowing out of tissue roll. 

Chris Yahya says:

Still lagged and wild "updating".

Prateek0105 says:

I am not able to install this version

"recent" returns!!!

nickros182 says:

this is off topic but please change the keyboard back to the way it was when you selected an emoji. I'm tired of switching to it every time I want to put one down

tmac9127 says:

I like the way Cortana recommends an emoji if you type a corresponding word.

I didn't find the point of updating it...its just playing hide and can they release an update without even checking it...

bitsbits says:

It's still not smooth. An update of never ending bugs. Good job Microsoft!

dqgeek says:

Am I the only one having this problem? After the update my games hub loads then drops to the start screen.

I found an annoying bug; some of the games installed disappear from the games hub and they return after 7 seconds. I don't know if anyone noticed this too or not !

tmac9127 says:



I think its a bit better for people who know a specific set of games they like to play, but if you try a bunch of different games...this new way screws you over. The funny thing is they say this is the whole reason they changed it to this new way...for app discovery.

I liked just seeing nothing but my games. When I like a new game but can't remember the name, I am screwed. I am all for options instead of just making everyone do one thing or the other. So I think it should be something in setting within the game hub to take them in/out of the app list.