The first wave of Xbox One features for the Creators Update is begin rolling out to the Xbox Insider Program members is packed with new features for gamers who play on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs—in fact, "hundreds of improvements across the board, noticeable by gamers and under the hood."
For gamers, the Creators Update means a faster Xbox One experience, connecting you with friends and the applications and games you enjoy the most. Check out a new look for Home and learn how the newly designed Guide works. There's also new accessibility options to ensure great experiences for all gamers when playing on Xbox.
A look at the new features reaching Xbox Insiders today include:
The first thing you'll notice is a new look for Home with a simplified UI, increased system performance, and that starts with updating Home based on what you care most about for the games you play.
The main tile for currently playing game has changed, now shows a smaller icon for the game and a few options to dive deeper into the Game Hub, as well as you can interact with Club or LFG for that game, view Achievements and more. On the new Home, a hero in the background for the game you currently play is placed.
Next up, with just pressing Xbox button on the controller, will pull up new enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of screen, and brings new features such as: "a new start page providing content you care most about including games and apps, Home, Store, recently played games, apps and top Pins." Also, for background music, a quick access to media controls are featured.
New simplified multitasking features will now work well with the new Guide, as well as quick access to music, screen shots and GameDVR are just one button press away. By pressing "X" or "Y" on the controller will bring up Guide and you can record favorite gaming moments. Also new achievement tracker available now allows to track favorite achievements and play at the same time.
In the next couple of weeks, the new Guide will also let you instantly broadcast to Beam.
Cortana updates on Xbox One now let you set reminders and alarms for gaming sessions. While in the coming weeks, more performance and reliability updates including enhanced gaming experience will be releasing.
System update screenshot on Xbox One makes it clear when a system update is available. Addditionally, Xbox One console, games and apps can now be updated "independent of power mode chosen."
To make Xbox One accessible to everyone new features such as: 'Copilot' that allows two controllers to act as one, enhancements to Magnifier and Narrator, more options over audio output and custom rumble settings on a controller (previously reserved for Xbox Elite Controller) are now available through the accessible accessibility options, and more, in Settings -> Ease of Access.
New spatial audio output settings let developers add Dolby Atmos for Home Theater, Dolby Atmos for Headphones and Windows HRTF support to streaming media application or game.
Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough beta allows receiver to decode audio natively including newer bitstream formats like Dolby Atmos.
All Xbox Insiders can now receive system updates before the public sees them, because, Microsoft will be dividing the Insider Program into following four rings:
- Xbox One Update Preview Alpha – The first Preview ring, this group typically receives 2-3 new system updates per week during a Preview Update wave. Preview Alpha is the cutting edge, and users in this group receive access to new features and fixes as soon as possible at the expense of potential bugs.
- Xbox One Update Preview Beta – The second Preview ring, this group typically receives 1-2 new system updates per week during a Preview Update wave. Preview Beta users receive frequent system updates and early access to new features and fixes, with somewhat less risk of encountering bugs.
- Xbox One Update Preview Ring 3 – The third Preview ring, this group typically receives 2-3 new system updates per month during a Preview Update wave. Preview Ring 3 users receive infrequent system updates, and is suited for users who want early access to new features and fixes with less risk of encountering bugs.
- Xbox One Update Preview Ring 4 – The fourth and final Preview ring, this group typically receives new system updates about once per month. Preview Ring 4 users receive system updates which are almost ready for public release, and thus receive the fewest system updates and are least likely to encounter bugs. In some cases, Preview Ring 4 users may also receive updated versions of the current publicly released build incorporating new fixes.
Microsoft will be sending out invitations to "most active Xbox Insiders" since, the Alpha, Beta, and Ring 3 aren't open to just anyone. However to bump your ranking do the following:
- Complete Quests, Surveys, Quick Polls, and Ratings in the Xbox Insider Hub.
- Participate in any game and app betas available to you via the Xbox Insider Hub.
- Provide feedback on the official Xbox One Preview forums.
- Report bugs via Report a problem.
- Use your Xbox One console regularly.
The next Xbox One System update:
Update 02/01: Until now, Xbox One Alpha Preview Insider had no way to choose the consoles to enroll in the testing program, fortunately, Microsoft heard the feedback, and has now announced that participants will now be allowed to enroll up to 10 consoles in Preview Alpha.
Follow these steps:
- On the Xbox One console you wish to enroll, launch the Xbox Insider Hub.
- Navigate to Insider content.
- Select the Xbox One Update Preview under System.
- Select Join or Manage.
- From the available options, select Xbox One Update Preview Alpha.
- Select Done to complete the enrollment.
Check out 2 new Xbox wireless controllers arriving Feburary 7 worldwide to retailers: Xbox Wireless Controller – Ocean Shadow Special Edition and Xbox Wireless Controller – Winter Forces Special Edition.
Both will pair seamlessly with any Xbox One, including Xbox One S, the ultimate gaming and 4K entertainment system with 4K UHD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range.
The Ocean Shadow Special Edition is the next evolution of the Shadow controller series introduced last year. It features a sleek, matte black top case and sides that fade to a light blue metallic finish. The buttons, triggers and D-pad have a glossy black finish with light blue highlights on the ABXY and menu buttons.
The Winter Forces Special Edition is the newest of the Forces series controllers, inspired by the popularity of previous Armed Forces, Covert Forces and Midnight Forces controllers. It has a modern, arctic camo pattern with light and dark grey accents.