IF they had TOLD US we needed the XBox App before WU6

Bang on, in every detail.

It’s no big thing for me as I already had it installed (I have used “XBox Game Pass for PC” since day 1, so have never “bought” MSFS) but I think some people here are so obsessed with the SU5 update that they would rather stick a fork in their hand than install anything that says “XBox” on it, despite it actually having nothing to do with the XBox consoles.

Anyway, if they want to experience real pain, they should try Origin or the new EA app :slight_smile:


Steam has it’s own raft of problems though. For me, it’s the clunky library sharing which means (for me anyway) I can’t play any games in my steam library while my son has “borrowed” it to play a different game on his PC. At least with XBox Game Pass, we can both play games at the same time (albeit with a bit of setup grief) so he can play Forza Horizon or Fifa while I’m doing a long flight downstairs. Harmony FTW!

I’m furious too, finally got through it, had to do updates, reboot and log out and in several times, everything was up to date in my computer, only the xbox ■■■■.
and I don’t have an Xbox, I have a PC. In fact, I’m so angry that I refuse to buy any more addons. After the update5 disaster I flew with Aerofly 2, works flawlessly in VR.

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Shame the MSFS game itself still directs one to the MS Store for the update - which of course does not exist there. Took me an age to discover I needed to install another MS app - disappointing that the game update didn’t take this into account.


Didn’t they first say it’s just a temporary issue a lot of games are experiencing. Now it’s mandatory?

Why, exactly, do people in this thread think the Xbox app is required?

It’s certainly not listed as such in the release notes: [RELEASE] Release Notes ( World Update VI: Germany, Austria, Switzerland Now Available!

If you’re having trouble seeing the update in the Store app, try logging out of the store and back into it. Worked for me.

Firstly there is no downside to having the xbox app installed - if installing apps or progs is a worry then I’d suggest the console route (FS is nicely optimised on Series X) - if you have game pass then it makes no sense not to have come across the app before.

Its likely not the app but Gaming Services that comes with it thats needed to help trigger updates

There are plenty of fixes posted in long threads here already - resetting the xbox app and the store app, logging out and back in, re-installing Gaming Services, using the newer Insider versions.

I had this prob with the previous hot fixes - did some work and this time the new updates isntalled straight off

It was not communicated in advance of the update because Asobo very likely I had no idea that the XBox app was going to be a requirement to download the update from the MS Store. Asobo, as the developer, has no control over the inner workings of the Store.

The need to first install the XBox app probably came as much a surprise to Asobo as it did to the end-users. They did update the installation instructions to include the XBox app once it became apparent that the update would not initialize without it.


To the OP, I had made this topic two weeks ago hoping to have some early direction (which included installation of the Xbox app) - unfortunately nothing came of it

Next time perhaps

MS teaches the community by incremental moves that MSFS2020 is actually an Xbox game. LOL.

But I still love it and insist on believing it will be a sim one day…

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Well of course it is. That has been known since before it even entered Alpha over a year and a half ago. The very first splash screen the appears when the sim launches says “XBox Game Studios”

But the fact that it now runs directly on XBox in no way precludes MSFS from being a “sim” either on the XB platform or on PC.


Nor did the Microsoft employees on this forum. The disconnect between all involved is pretty amazing, whether it’s the marketing team selling features that aren’t there, the devs who don’t know what’s going on in the community, the MS community employees who aren’t fully aware of what the dev team is doing… It’s like no one is steering the ship here.

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It sounds really nasty, how do I get rid of this Xbox virus?

Or is it just another app similar to Steam?

It’s similar to steam, that’s it.

Well I dunno, I must’ve been doing something wrong. This was the first time I’ve needed the Xbox app, as it was one of the first thing I uninstalled on getting Windows 10. Game bar, too.

I haven’t tried it yet, but there’s nothing to stop anyone installing it for an update, and uninstalling it again. It’s only a small download. (Unless you definitely need it now; like I said, I haven’t tried it.)

They did not know. It was not the plan. Someone figured it out by themselves as a workaround and they shared it as a possible fix.

They could have said nothing and said to wait but they shared a tip someone noticed.


It is amazing but sadly ‘disconnect’ is becoming business as usual. FWIW it might be helpful to get some understanding of how updates are distributed to Steam, MS Store, Xbox, Game Pass.

IMHO the disconnect is inside MS Store. It isn’t the Asobo Store or the MSFS Store.


Not yet…. but the signs are already growing…

My assumption, OP, is that they didn’t know…

Poor excuse…. Thats even worse…. They made it happen. Wheres the testing?