Xbox One update March 2017 includes new home screen and streaming options

Posted March 30, 2017

With the general release of the Creators Update on Xbox One, Snap mode is officially gone without a proper, full replacement in place. This is a big release, and includes Beam streaming, an updated Xbox experience with the new Guide, home improvements, and much more.

Xbox One is getting an update starting today, echoing some of the major changes coming to Windows in its forthcoming Creators Update. The Guide redesign focuses on making features you're most likely to need/want available "at your fingertips". Similar to PlayStation 4 software update from late past year, it lets you see and capture screenshots and video with a single button press, see and manage your party, access background music, and so on.

Meanwhile, if you're on Windows 10, you can expect an update on April 11 that will introduce Beam.

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The Xbox One user experience has been consistently horrendous since the console launched in late 2013. These new features will be rolling out in waves, which means you could be waiting for a bit, or you could have an update waiting for you right now!

Beforehand, tracking achievements and initiating other tasks was quite cumbersome on Xbox One.

Time will tell if streamers go flocking to the new Beam service.

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Music controls are now available directly from the Guide while screenshots and video recording are also available in the touch of a single button. Her new multitasking overlay will allow you to more easily and consistently use voice commands to control your Party settings and play background music.

"To do that, we've optimized for speed and are prioritizing the most valuable content for your games", the firm says. Despite all of these changes, the Copilot feature has to be the most important for disabled gamers. Other additions like new accessibility features, screen time limits for parents of younger kids and Blu-ray bitstream passthrough for native audio decoding on home theatre setups are also nice additions. however.

Screen time limits. Microsoft is slowing expanding parental control-like functionality to the console, and with this update you can configure daily time allowance and limits for each of your children, similar to what you can do on PCs. All bitstream formats are supported, including newer ones like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

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