Creators Update for Xbox One and New Xbox Insider Preview Rollsout

New Xbox One features - Beam streaming, updated Home, intuitive Guide and more - start rolling out.

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Microsoft has begun rolling out new Creators Update Xbox One features, including Beam streaming, an updated Xbox experience with new Guide, Home improvements on Wednesday.

"We're committed to making great gaming experiences that unify players across the Xbox One console and PC," writes Mike Ybarra, Xbox head of platform engineering, on Xbox Wire. "Beam is a key example of this unification, and is available for console gamers starting today, releasing more broadly to PC gamers on April 11" when the Windows 10 Creators Update is released.

"With Beam, we're inviting Creators on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One to stream gameplay and interact with the community in near real-time using Beam's ultra low-latency – no extra hardware or software required," Ybarra says. "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."

The new features announced today include:

New Home UI is faster, looks sleeker and is optimized for speed and prioritizex gaming content. And, the new 'smaller icon' is added with options to dive deeper into community surrounding the game, as well as ability to interact with Club or find Looking for Group posts, view Achievements and more. When a custom background isn't set, the Home will spotlight the game currently playing.

New Xbox One Home UI
New Xbox One Home UI

Faster intuitive Guide, now comes as an overlay on the left side, instead of taking to Home, and puts the "features and functionality most used right at fingertips". The first page of guide highlights: Games and Apps, Home, Store, recently launched applications, latest Games and Deals with Gold for Xbox Live Gold members, and top Pins. Additionally, the Guide also help control play, pause, rewind, fast forward, and manage volume controls. A simple press of button, you'll also be able to capture screenshots and record video.

The GameDVR menu, enable to capture gameplay and modify 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."

xbox one guide
Xbox One Guide

Multitasking: Microsoft has killed lesser used Snap Mode giving way to new multitasking features, designed with new Guide in mind, it includes a new "achievement tracker" that help to select and follow multiple achievements in an overlay, all while playing a game.

Cortana, which now appear as an overlay on the screen, allow setting reminders and alarms, lets access Party controls, and play music with simple voice controls.

Beam integration with PC and Xbox One, provide an ability for streaming gameplay and managing broadcasts and interaction with community in near real-time on chat overlays" without any extra hardware or software. The streaming service is known for its low latency between the stream and the chat.

The new Beam viewing app is now available in My Games and Apps, which lets you watch, chat, and interact with your favorite game streamers in near real-time.

bean from xbox one guide
Bean from Xbox One Guide

Xbox One accessibility for instance now has a new Copilot feature, which allows "two controllers to act as if they were one." There are also new enhancements to Magnifier and Narrator, along with other accessibility options for audio and custom rumble settings on a controller and more are located in Settings -> Ease of Access. This was previously reserved for Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.

copilot on xbox one
Copilot on Xbox One

Screen time limits, a family timer feature now on Xbox One as well helps parents set daily time allowance and limits for each child. Once set, Xbox One will pick those limits up and enforce them whenever a child is signed in. You'll be able to turn on and set Xbox One and PC screen time limits separately for each child.

To set up screen time limits, head over to microsoft.com/family, sign in with parent account, and select "Screen time" for your child's account.

screen time limits on xbox one
Screen time limits on Xbox One

Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough, allows receiver to decode audio natively for formats including newer ones like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Watch this video below for more information:

A new Xbox Insider Preview released today in the Alpha ring, bringing the build number to 15063.2006. It's a preview of a new feature update, which is version 1704, indicating that it should be made available in April.

There are some fixes and known issues though, so here's what got fixed:

  • Settings

  • Fixed an issue which prevented some users from adding a new payment method.

  • Cortana

  • "Hey Cortana" should now function when searching for Store content.

  • Movies & TV

  • Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause Movies & TV to crash to Home immediately after launch.

  • Sign-In

  • Resolved an issue which prevented users from adding a new profile.

Known issues:

  • Settings - Display & sound

  • The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.

  • Wireless Display

  • The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

Microsoft is also asking gamers to become an Xbox Ambassador, to help out fellow gamers and unlock cool rewards.

You'll interact with a growing community, help fellow gamers and unlock cool rewards. You might even find yourself spotlighted on "This Week on Xbox" and the Community Blog, or actively participating in Xbox Ambassadors streams and YouTube videos.

"While the program's focus is on building a stronger community of active gamers on and off the console, the rewards are an extra bonus," the team stated.

Sign up today, and get started today for a chance at the March Sweepstakes, which includes two Xbox One S consoles, five Astro A40 TR headsets, 10 Design Lab controllers and 20 EA Access 12-month membership tokens.

How to create club and 'players wanted' posts with Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC

GIF of creating a club using the Xbox app on a Windows 10 PC Posted March 27, 2017

  • In a post on the Windows Blog, learn how to use the Xbox app, built into Windows 10, to create your first club in the Xbox community, as well as a "Looking for Group" post.

    Clubs are online meeting places created by the Xbox community for people to play and socialize. Join clubs that interest you or create a new club from scratch.

    Think of "Looking for Group" as a "players wanted" bulletin board, a way to help you find players on Xbox Live with similar goals and interests. You can browse posts created by the Xbox community or try creating your own post.