Earlier in the March, the Xbox Live Creators Program, which allow developers to publish UWP games for Xbox One and Windows 10 through a simplified certification process was announced and today, Microsoft has announced that the Creators Collection is now available to select Xbox Insiders in the Alpha ring.
The 'Creators Collection' is available now in the home page of the Games section in the Store, as a distinct section of the store. Microsoft says, this will be a permanent entry point, so the games "live in a distinct section of the store." The new 'Creators collection' button that replaces 'Memberships' is the easiest way for gamers to know if they've received the new feature yet.
In the Creators Collection, gamers can explore a wide variety of games by simply going to the Store and choosing the option to browse games directly brought straight from developers and the community.
Insiders for now have access to an initial test catalog of games, to help provide feedback on the experience.
As initially mentioned, the Creators Collection rolls out today to a select Xbox Insiders only.
Microsoft recently added a section for Xbox Game Pass, and both of these things are bound to expand in the future.
Also, an update which rolls out today brings in Custom Gamerpics, Console Co-streaming, Arena updates and more to Xbox Fans.
The new UI enable users to upload custom Gamer pics, Club profile pics, and Club backgrounds from console, windows 10 PC, or mobile phone to their Xbox profile letting them choose how they want to express themself.
Next up, the Co-streaming is now available on Xbox One console to invite another up to three friends to co-stream in a single boradcast. You can invite other users to co-stream, by simply selecting 'Invite to co-stream' from your profile, or choose to invite entire party to a co-stream.
When the invite notification arrives, simply hold Xbox button to accept it. At this point, if you're not already broadcasting, simply pull up the broadcasting tab in the Guide while playing a game and select 'Co-stream your game' to start.
It's also now easier to discover live broadcasts, as you can now go to Club home page, and navigate there the new 'Mixer' tab to get a list of any Club members actively broadcasting on Mixer.
Plus, never miss your friends' streams inside your Club and Arena Tournaments.
Users can also now seamlessly sign-in to Xbox One with just a press of the Xbox button on controller. Those who own an Xbox with multiple controllers, can now link a specific controller to an Xbox profile for easy, automatic sign-in once that controller turns on.
To enable this new sign-in feature, make sure to use that specific controller and sign-in to the profile you would like to link. Then, go to Settings, choose "Sign-in, security & passkey" and select "This controller signs in." Choose "Link controller" and the controller and profile are now linked.
And to host an Arena tournament with the new user-generated tournaments for Killer Instinct on Xbox One, first, go to Club you'd like to create an Arena tournament, then select Tournaments tab, next select 'Create Tournament' and choose the game, give it a name, determine the rules, start time, and a description you'd like.
With this update, it's also now possible to see who is competing – and winning – in Arena. For active matches, you can see who is streaming, and with a button click you can launch Mixer to watch. Simply navigate to 'Bracket' tab in any active or completed tournament to start. Or, see all users currently streaming from the tournament by going to the 'Watch' tab in the tournament page.
Lastly, Microsoft has updated Xbox App on iOS and Android as well that brings in support for Looking-for-Group (LFG) Sharing, Game Pass Browsing, an updated Language/Location Setting and an Android-only feature supporting Messaging Chat Bubbles.
Here's the updates available in the Xbox App:
- To share LFG to the Activity Feed and Messages, just create an LFG from a game hub, then submit it and select and tap "Share this post".
- To browse the titles, if you've an Xbox Game Pass subscription, go to drawer and select "Store", then swipe over to "Xbox Game Pass" pivot to see the list of featured Game Pass titles or use the provided filters to find a game you are interested in.
- For our customers who set their phones to a different region or locale than their Xbox account, you can now easily set the app and store experience to match your Xbox and purchase content from the store in your console's region. To access this feature, open the drawer and select "Settings". In the Settings section, choose the "Language" tab at the top. From there you can make your desired selections.
- The new Chat Bubbles overlay lets you use mobile games and apps while keeping Xbox conversations. With this feature, when a new message arrive, a chat bubble automatically open and works for both messages as well as club chat. Alternatively, this view can be open by navigating to conversation menu options.
Since, Chat bubbles are on by default, you can turn it off, from "Settings" in the drawer, and selecting "Notifications" tab at the top, and disable the setting for "Chat Bubbles".