New Features Introduced This Week That You May Have Missed

While it may not always be the case that Xbox have been synonymous with giving their fans what they want they’ve certainly tried to start pushing themselves in that direction over the last few years.

Further evidence of that can be seen in the latest update that started rolling out to members of the Insider program earlier this week.

There’s a lot to be said for Xbox’s Arena which can see competitive tournaments arranged, primarily for World of Tanks at present but soon to include Killer Instinct as well. These tournaments are skill based, or if you’d prefer you can battle it out with your club mates on Xbox Live.

However, the feature that is most likely going to prove more useful to a lot of players is the addition of the Party Overlay. Who better to learn about this update from than Mr Xbox himself Larry Hryb, as he said on his website:

With this update, we are adding a new overlay that will tell you who’s speaking in your Party, without having to open the Guide. When you are in a Party, go to the Guide to enable the overlay. Just like the Achievement tracker, you can choose where on the screen you want to place the overlay and how transparent it will be. The window will show the Gamertag of the player whenever they speak, and when no one is talking, the window will be invisible. This is particularly useful for Looking for Group and other scenarios where you might not know all the members of your Party.

Party Overlay

As well as the Party Overlay other user requested features will also roll out with this update, including:

  • Share your Looking for Group post on the Activity Feed or through a message
  • Unfollow a Club or Game Hub directly from your Activity Feed
  • Your profile will display your Arena tournament history and upcoming tournaments.
  • For Beam and Twitch broadcasts, you will now have an option in the Guide for your Kinect to locate you automatically.
  • Captive Portal support for wireless internet is coming to Xbox One, which allows for Wi-Fi authentication through a browser. Great for colleges, hotels, or public Wi-Fi locations.
  • Filter posts on your Activity Feed on the Xbox app for iOS and Android
  • On the Xbox app for Windows 10, we’re adding the option to select the audio input and output sources for Party chat.
  • This update started rolling out Monday of this week (17th April) and will continue to go live for various people over the coming weeks.

    Is there anything you’re super hyped about in this latest update? Maybe there’s something you’re hoping for that didn’t quite make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

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    One thought on “New Features Introduced This Week That You May Have Missed”

    1. Christian says:

      I’ve never known a console get more new features than games.

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