Xbox One version 1711 Preview Released to Alpha Ring Insiders

A sneak peek at Xbox Insiders in Alpha ring features such as gifts, new screensaver notifications, add club blocks to Home, more.

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Xbox One X Hero

Following last weeks' upgraded Xbox One console experience that delivered personalization and speed improvements, today, Microsoft releases first Apha ring preview Build 1711, that includes game gifting and more.

Because, it's not yet done, Microsoft will be adding more new features requested by gamers over the next few weeks, a sneak peek of what may come includes:

The improvised setup experience will now save settings from home console to the cloud, so you can choose to apply these settings whenever you set up a new console during the sign-in process.

Additionally, you will be able to save even more settings including TV & OneGuide to external games and storage devices. This exapnsion will help in transitioning from one console to another using settings.

The Xbox app for iOS and Android also now let you finish setting up Xbox One X console even while it's downloading day one update. Also, the process for enabling 4K output right out of the box on Xbox One X is improved.

Xbox One X app for iOS and Android

Xbox Insiders in the Alpha right from the console can now gift most of digital Xbox One games that include, "durable" downloadable content (DLC) (map packs, weapon skins, etc.), Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass. Simply, choose a game within the Store, then select "Buy as Gift," and send it to members by picking their Gamertag or email address.

See this GIF animation of gifting games:

Gift Xbox One Games

In addition, soon gamers will also be able to add club blocks on Home. Also, Microsoft will be adding a new section under "Add More" for more types of blocks at the bottom of Home.

New notifications now show at-a-glance status of activities for immediate stepping into. Some more notifications type inlcluding, when system goes idle, LFG posts,, broadcasts and Achicevements, will soon get added.

Hidden Achievements Games on Xbox One

Miniature Game Hubs will let gamers access recently used games in the Guide.

Adults, with "Buy & download" online safety setting enabled will now have a new passkey/password challenge directly in the Xbox dashboard while purchasing games, says the team.

Lastly, games that have "no unlocked achievements" can now be hidden from the personal and public view of gamers profile.

All the above features will roll out to Xbox Insiders over the next few weeks.

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