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

Xbox One fans, get ready for an unexpected announcement: following weeks of testing with Xbox Insiders, the Xbox team has just revealed that their version of the Creators Update is rolling today to all gaming consoles.

Another marquee feature for Microsoft is the wider release of their Beam streaming service, which is integrated into the Guide, as well as being a new app to let you tune in and watch others.

"One major goal for this release is to make streaming your Xbox gameplay even easier", Major Nelson said on his blog, explaining the changes and additions in this new update. The first tab that's shown allows you to move to the Home screen or access the My Games and Apps section, Xbox Store, recently launched apps, pins, and more.

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

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Games 2017 Mon, March 6, 2017 All the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Games added in 2017 so far. 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!

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Beam is a live streaming service that was acquired by Microsoft along with the name past year, by an unknown number.

Music controls are now available directly from the Guide while screenshots and video recording are also available in the touch of a single button. Starting today, you can stream your Xbox gameplay directly from the Guide on your Xbox One, with the ability to manage your Beam broadcasts and interact with fellow gamers on chat overlays that appear on your screen. This will help make Xbox One more inviting to gamers who can benefit from playing along with another person, more fun for families by adding cooperative controls for any game, and easier for players who need unique configurations to play.

The Copilot feature works with this new wireless controller too.

Other features coming in today's update include, better multitasking, the addition of Copilot that allows two controllers to act as one, and Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough.

Screen time limits (Xbox One): As we strive to offer the most comprehensive and customizable family features possible, we want gamers of all ages to feel safe and secure when using our platforms. It will be enforced automatically and be specific to each child. Additionally, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X will be supported.

  • Desiree Holland