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Xbox One March Update
« on: March 31, 2017, 05:28:16 PM »




A few days ago Microsoft rolled out a new system update to the community. Xbox Insider program members have already had this for a few months. For the rest of us, you’ll notice a slight change to the layout and guide functions. One feature has also been removed with this update, snap. You will no longer be able to snap an app while playing a game. Here’s the summary from Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering, with a walkthrough found in the video above. For those with Windows devices, you can expect even more changes coming to those platforms on April 11th as the Creators Update is pushed out.

The new Home screen:

One of the first things you’ll notice with this update is a new look for Home on Xbox One. We made these changes to simplify the UI and increase overall system performance. To do that, we’ve optimized for speed and are prioritizing the most valuable content for your games. Now, you’ll see a smaller icon for the game with options to dive deeper into the community surrounding the game, as well as the ability to interact with your Club or find Looking for Group posts, view your Achievements and more. If you do not have a custom background set, you’ll see that the updated Home also spotlights the game you’re currently playing by featuring hero art as your Xbox background.

Changes to the Guide:

The next thing you’re likely to notice is that the Guide has been updated. With one press of the Xbox button on your controller, you can now pull up the newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of your screen. No matter what you’re doing, the new Guide experience puts the features and functionality that you use the most right at your fingertips. 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.

Replacement for Snap functionality:

In addition to adding a new start page to Guide, we’re also evolving the way gamers multitask on Xbox One. To simplify discoverability and to make it easier to get to the things you care about most, our multitasking features were designed with the new Guide in mind. We’ve added a 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.

Beam streaming introduction:

Now 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. To learn more, check out our Beam article.

Accessibility and the new Copilot feature:

We felt it was important to enable Xbox One to make gaming experiences more accessible. Take for instance our 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. We are also adding 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.

Screen time limits for child accounts:

As we strive to offer the most comprehensive and customizable family features possible, we want gamers of all ages to feel safe and secure when using our platforms. That’s why we’re bringing the family timer feature to Xbox One as screen time limits, updated for today’s digital family. 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. To set up screen time limits, head over to microsoft.com/family, sign in with your parent account, and select “Screen time” for your child’s account. You’ll be able to turn on and set Xbox One and PC screen time limits separately for each child.

New Blu-ray audio support:

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.



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Re: Xbox One March Update
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 09:11:54 AM »

Haven't messed with Beam yet, but I do like that everything runs a smidge faster and the new UI.
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Re: Xbox One March Update
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 10:23:06 AM »

Beam is near instant streaming, which is better for interaction with people watching in chat.

The UI is much faster than it used to be by ditching the preview window for whatever app/game you have playing.

If you ever browse the activity feed the greatest thing ever is currently in testing with the preview program and that is preferences. Meaning you can get rid of those annoying Popular Now items in the feed. You can select if you just want stuff from your friends, favorites, games you follow, and more. First thing I did was uncheck the Popular Now check box and now its just things that friends/favorites have posted or automatically post.
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Re: Xbox One March Update
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 06:34:05 PM »

A small update rolled out yesterday that added a few new features. Here's the list from Major Nelson:

Profile and Activity Feed

 - New ‘Join broadcast’ button in your profile, one of the many ways to access the game stream of someone broadcasting their gameplay.

 - In your Activity Feed, we’re adding the ability to hide individual posts, pin posts to the top of your feed, and filter posts by friends, games or Clubs.

Clubs and Looking for Group (LFG)

 - When you create an LFG post, as the owner you will be able to see new vetting cards that include hero stats from gamers interested in joining your party. Hero stats are contextual to the game you’re playing, showing you relevant stats like kill/death ratio, rank, or score.

 - Achievement hunters, this one is for you! You will be able to search LFG posts from the Achievements tab, related to the Achievement you’re trying to finish.

 - We’re adding the number of open LFG posts to the Game Hub and Club Hub headers.

 - Have you made a successful LFG post that you want to create again? Now you can see previous LFG posts that you have created, participated or shown interest in, and can copy them to create new posts.

 - When creating an LFG post, see all the recent tags you’ve used and easily select them.

 - Club owners and admins will be identified and labeled in their text posts to better help them stand out and manage their community.

 - Club owners and admins can pin a post at the top of their Club feed.

My Games and Apps, and Settings

 - In ‘My Games and Apps,’ we’re adding the ability to filter your game library by platform – Xbox One and Xbox 360.


Two things have also rolled out to the highest level of the Insider Program that you might want to be aware of. Custom Gamertags are live for Alpha tier members as well as self service refunds for game purchases. The refunds are very restrictive with the game needing to be purchased within 14 days and have less than 2 hours of time played across all accounts on the system. Abusing the refund can have your privileges revoked, and possibly action taken against your account. Quick purchases for gamerscore then returning would be a bad idea.
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