Seen on Major Nelson’s (Larry Hryb of Xbox) Twitter, Microsoft announced a ton of new updates have been added to the Xbox One. These include an intuitive guide, updated home screen, and Beam streaming.
Updated Home Screen
Changes were made to simplify the UI and increase overall system performance. There will now be smaller icons for the games, with options for the community, the ability to interact with your Club, to find Looking for Group Posts, viewing your Achievements and more. If you don’t have a background set, the new Home will spotlight the game you are currently playing by featuring hero art as your background.
Press the Xbox button on your controller, just once, to pull up the enhanced guide as an overlay on the left of your screen. The first page of the guide brings up what you use 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 from multiple apps, you can control it straight from the Guide, allowing you to play, pause, rewind, fast forward, and manage volume controls. Lastly, you’ll be able to take screenshots and record video with the press of a button.
With the new Guide in mind, Xbox has added a new Achievement tracker that is activated based on the current game you are playing, and allows you to select and follow several Achievements. Cortana will also appear as an overlay, so you can set reminders, alarms, access Party controls, and play music.
Beam on Xbox One
You can now stream your Xbox One gameplay right from your Xbox One. You can also manage your Beam broadcasts and chat with your fellow gamers on chat overlays that appear on your screen from the Guide. No added software is necessary, Beam is built into your Xbox One. You’ll find the Beam viewing app in My Games and Apps, which lets you watch, chat, and interact with your favorite game streamers in near real-time. Check out the Beam article to learn more.
Enabling Xbox One Accessibility
A new feature has been added called Copilot. This allows two controllers to act as one, benefiting people who are playing with another person, more fun for families by adding cooperative controls for any game, and easier for players who need unique configurations to play. Enhancements have been made to Magnifier and Narrator, as well as more options for audio output and custom rumble settings for your controller. This was only previously reserved for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controllers. You can find these options in Settings > Ease of Access.
Screen Time Limits
A family timer feature has also been added to Xbox One as screen time limits. Parents can now set daily time allowances and limits for each child — the Xbox One will pick those limits up and enforce them whenever the child is signed in. This is similar to the Windows 10 screen time limits. To set this up, head 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.
Blu-ray Player Bitstream Passthrough
The Xbox One’s Blu-ray player now supports bitstream passthrough, which allows your receiver to decode audio natively. All bitstream formats will be supported including the newer ones like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. This feature will not be available until next week.
If you are playing on a PC, there is a Windows 10 update as well, which you can check out here.