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New Xbox One Update Features Rolling Out Today, See What's New

Microsoft announced today that it is rolling out the Xbox One Creators Update, which provides improved Home and Guide experiences, Beam game streaming, and more. Microsoft claims that they've made the Home and Guide faster and more intuitive, and you can now set screen times limits on the console, which Microsoft is pitching at parents looking to control their children's play time.

"One major goal for this release is to make streaming your Xbox gameplay even easier", Major Nelson said on his blog, explaining the changes and additions in this new update.

Microsoft definitely had multitasking in mind when putting together the new Xbox One update, adding: "In addition to adding a new start page to Guide, we're also evolving the way gamers multitask on Xbox One". The first tab that's shown allows you to move to the Home screen or access the My Games and Apps section, Xbox Store, recently launched apps, pins, and more. This Xbox One update precedes the Creators Update for Windows 10, which is being pushed out to users starting on 11th April.

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There is already a Twitch app available for Xbox One.

The multitasking features were created to act more like the new Guide and prioritize specific features. To do that, we've optimized for speed and are prioritizing the most valuable content for your games.

Pushing the Xbox button on the controller brings up the new Guide on the left-hand side of the screen. 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. Additionally, the update a new accessibility feature called Copilot, which lets you configure two controllers as if they were just one. And as with all previously Dashboard updates, Microsoft claims it has made various performance improvements, though I think most of the improvements are really related to UI efficiencies.

The Xbox One's Blu-ray player now supports bitstream passthrough, which allows your receiver to decode audio natively.



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