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Xbox One's new fall update is now open to everyone

Xbox One's new fall update is now open to everyone”

We sold a ton of those controllers. It's like when we built the Xbox One Elite controller, we didn't try to say to everybody, 'If you need an extra controller, go buy the Elite controller'. And with each update, Microsoft makes some noise about improving performance.

But with the Fall Update-which is analogous to the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10-Microsoft may have finally solved the performance puzzle. "So I don't know what would change". Now the home screen will be taken up by customizable blocks into which you can add things such as your favorite games, friends, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass so that you can quickly access what's most important to you at that time.

A new "Friends in games flyout" tells you who is playing the same game. informs you of friends playing the same game. It's also tweaked the idle and screen dimming features that kick in when you walk away from the console momentarily. Another new feature in this update is the option to choose between dark, light, and high-contrast themes for your dashboard from the Settings tab. And while you might believe, as I did, that a dark theme makes more sense in the living room, you can't argue with how it looks. There are new options to help save time when moving from one Xbox One to another (including Xbox One X), so you can get back to playing faster. Guide will also be contextually aware, so if you are in an active party or broadcast, Guide opens right to the party or broadcast sections for quicker access to the controls for those sections. This looks and works better, in my opinion, than the old system.

Overall, this is the biggest update we've seen for the Xbox One X in a long time and given that Microsoft has put it through several levels of testing and several rounds of feedback we imagine it's going to be as smooth as it sounds. A lot of the new update is created to make you keep pushing further into menus to do things, and some will find that irritating at first.

Whether you're broadcasting or watching, if your bandwidth supports a 1080p broadcast it'll be automatically upgraded across your Xbox family of devices. Microsoft has been battling poor performance on the Guide for the last couple of updates, and this update should fix most of those performance issues. Microsoft reduced the clutter so that the front page of the Xbox features the most important information, such as your most recently played games, friend and app suggestions, and upcoming deals on the Xbox store.

Coming just ahead of the release of the highly anticipated new Xbox One X this update is, as you'd expect, a pretty big one and there are a lot of new features for users to get to grips with. Purchasing another Xbox One upgrade in the form of the Xbox One X may not seem almost as appealing of an option, but comparing the experience of the console to that of the Xbox One Elite controller, Spencer added that the Xbox One X likely just isn't for everyone. Which is the point, when you think about it.

There are quite a few other notable new additions and changes with the Xbox One Fall update.



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