Following multiple rounds of insider testing, the October update is rolling out today for Xbox One users. This new software update brings quite a few new features, including increased flexibility with family settings and game capture options, store wish list notifications, a more integrated Mixer experience and more.
The update may take some time to roll out to your region and device, so don’t worry if the update isn’t available right away. There are also more updates planned for this year, so if you’re biggest pet peeve hasn’t been addressed, improvements are still coming. But for now, the October update has some big new additions.
My personal favourite is the new wish list feature. It’s quite often I spot a title on release, but want to wait for a discount. This new notification lets you know when games on your wish list go on sale. It will be particularly useful when big sales are on and you don’t want to wade through a huge list!
Improvements to Mixer integration with this update include the ability to watch advertised streams. Previously, if you see a stream via the Mixer tab, you then have to open the app the view it. Now, Mixer streams can be started and watched right from the Xbox One dashboard.
One feature that wouldn’t have gone a miss earlier in the generation is the new auto capture option for DVR. This update adds an option to disable automatic game clips whilst keeping the ability to manually record your own clips. In the early days of the Xbox One, a lot of games would auto record, but these days it’s a rarity. Still, it’s nice to see them address this problem.
There are a few other smaller changes coming too, which are available to view in this blog post. Sadly, this update doesn’t appear to include the new User interface changes that Xbox are working on. Hopefully, those front-end changes come later this year.