To build on that a bit more, I have an additional account on my PC that has Xbox Live Silver (the non-paid version). When I run the Game Pass app (which is terribly named “Xbox”), I can launch Ark. When Ark comes up, I have an option to start a dedicated server.
Then, once I jump on my XBox console, I can see that additional Silver account and it states that they are “Playing Ark”. I can go through the main Xbox menu to “Join Game” with that player and I appear in their server.
I tried launching the standalone server for Conan with the Game Pass app on the PC, but the silver account doesn’t claim that it’s playing Conan Exiles. I can then, if I wish, join that game from the silver account and at that point, it does show up on my Xbox that the silver account is “Playing Conan Exiles”, but the option to “Join Game” isn’t available.
It is interesting though that the Silver account is captivated by the menu when I look at it from the Xbox, and that may be why it can’t be joined. I have no idea if this discussion could lead to something, but I’m happy to try different things.
I think my point here is that at no time do I need to go to a Server Browser for Ark to find the server. I join the server by joining another account that’s already in. I’m fine if it DOES show up in the Server Browser and to be honest, I’ve never even tried to find the server I create in Ark in Ark’s Server Browser. I just know that for the Xbox experience (in Ark), it’s always about joining a player that’s already in.