Microsoft is preparing a brand-new update for the Xbox One family of systems, and those in the Xbox Insider program are the first ones who get to try it out. The new update has already begun rolling out to those individuals, before its full release to regular users coming later.
So, what new features does this new update bring to the table? Quite a few exciting ones, actually. Here’s the rundown:
- 1440p Video Output — Those with Xbox One X and Xbox One S systems now have the ability to take full advantage of higher-resolution displays. 1440p (also known as ‘Quad HD’) sits between 1080p and 4K, so having this feature will increase the crispiness of the image beyond that of 1080p.
- Improvements to Audio Options — The Guide has been updated with a new option to selectively balance game audio with your own background music. So, now you can jam to your own tunes with a little more flexibility while you play. In addition to this, the various sound effects that play while browsing around the Xbox Home menu now support spatial audio, so those with surround sound systems should definitely notice.
- Microsoft Edge Improvements — For the two of you who browse the Internet with your Xbox, Microsoft has revamped the XBO’s version of the Edge browser to look more modern. Pictures can now be downloaded and uploaded by using the File Explorer application. Controller navigation is easier, and the Favorites and History lists have been made simpler. Smaller new features have also been added: autofill, text-to-speech (read aloud) and tab muting are all now available.
- Share Your Controller with Mixer — The Mixer app has now been updated to allow broadcasters to share their controller with viewers. This means viewers can now take control of the action on-screen while they’re watching a stream if the broadcaster allows. The Mixer UI has also been improved to now allow for broadcasts to simply pause when you switch games or exit to the Xbox Dashboard. This will cause a ‘Pause’ screen to pop-up on viewers’ screens until you start playing again. Broadcasts can now also begin airing at anytime, regardless of which screen you’re on.
- Club Owners Have More Filtering Flexibility — If you happen to be the admin of a Club, you can now filter invitation requests based on things like Gamerscore, reputation and recommendations from other members.
- More Options for Club Feeds — Your Club feeds can now be sorted to display “What’s Hot” and the “Top Posts”. Comments can now also be disabled in feed posts across different clubs, Community and Game Hubs. Posts made during broadcasts will now be hidden once the stream has ended.
- Jump into Tournaments — You can now join a tournament right from Game Hubs, thus not requiring you to be a part of a club in order to jump in.
Microsoft has stated that these are only a few of all the new features that will be included in the Spring Update. More will be added later, as they’re currently being tested by select members of the Xbox Insider program.
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