Microsoft Announce New Features For All Xbox One Owners

Microsoft wants the Xbox One to be the console of choice for Streamers and today’s update is designed to make that as easy as possible. That not only includes giving the Xbox One console improved functionality but also an easy to use navigation system and an overall positive user experience. Today’s updates are not completely new having been made available to Xbox Insider’s back in January, however today is the first time they will be available to all.

Here is a full list of what has been made available:

  • An updated look at Home:
    • Simplified UI and increased system performance
    • Optimised for speed – your most valuable content prioritised.
    • Smaller Icon for the game with options to deep dive into game community
    • If you don’t have a custom background Home now spotlights the game by playing hero art as your Xbox background

.gif of Home screen on Xbox One

  • Faster and more intuitive Guide:
    • Updated Guide. One press of the Xbox button on your controller and you can now pull up the newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of your screen.
    • The first page of the Guide is designed to get you to the content you care about most, including your Games and Apps, Home, Store, your recently launched applications, the latest Games and Deals with Gold for Xbox Live Gold members, and your top Pins.
    • If you have music playing in the background from any number of apps, you can access the controls directly from the Guide, enabling you to control play, pause, rewind, fast forward, and manage volume controls.
    • Finally, you’ll be able to capture screenshots and record video with a simple press of a button. And in the GameDVR menu, you now have easier access to capture gameplay and to modify your options – when recording, you’ll see in the menu overlay that it lasts up to 5 minutes and within the Guide, you can also ‘Record this’ for up to 10 minutes.


.gif of Xbox One Guide with background music controls

  • New way to multitask:
    • New achievement tracker that is active based on the game you’re playing, and allows you to select and follow multiple achievements in an overlay, all while you’re playing.
    • Cortana will also appear as an overlay on your screen, allowing you to set reminders and alarms, access Party controls, and play music with simple voice controls.
  • Watch, chat and interact with Beam on Xbox One:
  • Beam is available for console gamers starting today, releasing more broadly to PC gamers on April 11. With Beam, we’re inviting Creators on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One to stream gameplay and interact with the community in near real-time using Beam’s ultra low-latency –  no extra hardware or software required.
  • Starting today, you can stream your Xbox gameplay directly from the Guide on your Xbox One, with the ability to manage your Beam broadcasts and interact with fellow gamers on chat overlays that appear on your screen. If you’ve never tried to broadcast your gameplay before, this is the easiest way to get started as you don’t have to download any extra software – Beam broadcasting is built right into your Xbox One.
  • Once you start streaming, Beam makes it easy to connect and engage with your viewers no matter where they are.
  • You’ll also find the new Beam viewing app in My Games and Apps, which lets you watch, chat, and interact with your favorite game streamers in near real-time.

Beam on Xbox One Guide

  • Enabling Xbox One to be more accessible for everyone:
    • New Copilot feature, which allows two controllers to act as if they were one. This will help make Xbox One more inviting to gamers who can benefit from playing along with another person, more fun for families by adding cooperative controls for any game, and easier for players who need unique configurations to play.
    • New enhancements to Magnifier and Narrator, as well as giving more options over audio output and custom rumble settings on a controller, which was previously reserved for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. You can find these accessibility options, and more, in Settings > Ease of Access.


.gif of copilot feature settings for Xbox One

  • Screen time limits:
    • Family timer feature now available. Parents familiar with screen time limits for Windows 10 will find a similar set of controls for Xbox One. Set daily time allowance and limits for each child—your Xbox One will pick those limits up and enforce them whenever the child is signed in.

.gif of screen time limits on Xbox One

  • Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough:
    • The Blu-ray disc player on Xbox One now supports bitstream passthrough, which allows your receiver to decode audio natively. All bitstream formats are supported, including newer ones like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. This feature will light up later next week.


Are you pleased with the updates? Will you be using the new features? What do you think of Beam compared to Twitch? Let us know in your comments.

Source: Microsoft

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A Fan of Console Games since he first vanquished bosses using Paper, Scissors, Stone, Jon is aiming to get every owner of an Xbox One to visit the site daily.Likes: Anything with wheels and an engine, Animals, Action Movies. Dislikes: Commuting, Working for others, Netflix series that are terrible but rated 5 stars.

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