In a feature-packed release Microsoft unveiled a number of new premiere updates to Xbox One owners around the world that centers on better audio and visual support.
The biggest addition probably is a resolution which’s usually popular on PC—the “1440p” support for Xbox One S and X, allowing gamers to use a monitor and make the most out of QHD (2560 x 1440) displays.
In addition, the April update also brings in additional ease of use settings, new functionality for Mixer users, support for FreeSync, auto low-latency mode, and a number of other changes are now live.
Here is a quick rundown of new features:
Video & Display
A bunch of new features, including Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM). Auto Low-Latency Mode when enabled notifies Xbox One devices when a games is playing so other devices such as a TV with ALLM support can switch to low latency (or more often refered as “game mode”) video mode.
Additional support for variable refresh rate output for FreeSync-certified displays is available now to Xbox One S and X along with support for high dynamic range with AMD Radeon FreeSync 2.
Screenshot showing setting for variable refresh rate:
In addition, games and media can now output at 2560 x 1440 (1440p) resolution and offers even more choice between Full HD and 4K displays.
Just head over to Settings menu on Xbox One and navigate to “Display & Sound,” then “Video Output” to turn on these video options.
Streaming & Captures
A new “Share Controller” feature when enabled under Broadcast & Capture section in Guide will let you share a control of your game with viewer on Mixer.com. Viewers will then be able to share control through a virtual controller in their web browser, or by plugging a physical controller into their PC.
Making streaming easier than ever gamers can now start Mixer broadcasts from anywhere on Xbox One.
When you switch games or exit to dashboard, a pause animation will now appear on broadcasting status bar on your screen as well as viewers will also a pause animation until you are back into the game.
Additionally, after authenticating a twitter account, gamers can now share captured screenshots and clips directly in their Twitter feed using a suggested hashtag for your content to get discovered.
Now everyone can choose to switch between light and dark themes based on the time of day as well as automatically transition from dark to light based on sunrise and sunset in your location. Also, a new high-contrast light theme option which makes on-screen elements easier to see is added, too.
Ease of Access & Audio
Improvements to Narrator, including independent volume adjustment, a new input learning mode are now available. Using input learning mode, the Narrator will speak out a name of the button you pressed on an attached input device.
You can adjust both high contrast light theme and narrator options in the Ease of Access menu in Settings.
Also, by navigating down to the app and pressing “A” will open a new flyout with additional music controls, including a new slider to selectively adjust balance of background music and game audio.
Audio enhancements in the Xbox One dashboard along with revamped System sounds on Home and in Guide now support spatial audio. This enable audio cues from surround sound system to match actions on-screen.
Clubs, Game Hubs & Tournaments
Community tournaments for supported games can now be access directly in Game Hubs by heading over to the “Multiplayer” tab, then select “Community tournaments,” and choose the option for “Create tournament.”
Also, some new filters in “Club feeds” now enable you to see “what’s new,” “what’s hot” or “top posts.” Additionally, cooments on feed posts can now be locked across clubs, Game Hubs, and Community.
Additionally, club owner or admin can now filter invitation requests using criteria such as Gamerscore, play time, reputation, Xbox Live Gold status, and recommendations from club members.
“Club invitation filters will persist until the administrator changes them, so if you set or edit club invitation filters, they will still be there the next time you sign-in,” wrote Xbox team.
Finally, Microsoft Edge gained a new modern interface on Xbox One with enhancements to history and favorites, and additional new features, that include tab muting, read aloud and autofill.
Also, Edge now let you download, upload pictures, music, and videos, which can then be accessed using File Explorer app.
In addition to all these new features on Xbox One, a subset of users may also see additional experimental features that we didn’t mention here. These features are only enabled for a portion of the Xbox audience to gauge interest and collect feedback.
These new updates will be available for all Xbox One players around the world over the next few days along with addditional experimental features available to a subset of users “only.”