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Xbox One New Features Coming in February Update

With it being the beginning of the new year, the Xbox team is hard at work conceptualizing and testing new features based on the users valuable feedback. 

Last week the Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead and alpha rings had began to see a few new features that they have been working on to light up across their Xbox One consoles. Along with additional experiences set to come out this week to all their insiders. Here’s the rundown on what’s new coming with the February Insider Update:

Simplified Home Update

With this new update, they are coming out with a new Streamlined Xbox One Home interface for all Xbox Insiders, ahead of its full public launch next month.

Your feedback since testing these Home improvements have been proven invaluable for building an experience that feels more responsive, your favorite content front and center, and gets you into the gaming experience faster than before. With the new ‘Home’ experience they have removed the twists from the top in favor of dedicated rows for Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Commnity, and Microsoft Store with added flexibility to add and or remove rows for customized experience.

Xbox One Simple Home UI
Source: Xbox Wire

My Games & Apps UI Update

Xbox is bringing gamers more ways to keep their ‘My Games & Apps’ organized. They recently disclosed, you’ll now find content grouping more easier to navigate and access you games and apps. As well as the labels for trials and demos, and a streamlined settings experience to simplify how you interact with your game collection.

Games Collection
Source: Xbox Wire

Image Support in Conversations

They’re enabling the ability for you to view images and animated GIFs in messages with your Xbox Live friends on console. You’ll have to ability to also view content in Message Requests based on your message safety settings. Images sent from the Xbox mobile app on iOS and or Android or the new Xbox (Beta) App for Windows 10 will display on your console with an added ability to view the content full-screen on Xbox One.

Image support UI
Source: Xbox Wire

View and Install Individual Games Bundled Through Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass members will get additional control over which game content you want to install when downloading and playing Xbox Game Pass titles that are a part of a larger bundle listing, for example, Shenmue I&II. Also with the new update you’ll be seeing an “In this bundle” overview from the install dialog, as well as an option to select which individual game title to download and lunch.

Choose a Preferred Location for Notifications

Gamers will be able to decide where they want notifications to appear on your screen by going to your settings -> Preferences -> Notifications and clicking on “Default notification position”. That’ll bring up a menu that will let you choose your preferred spot from one of six locations on your screen, letting you move them out of the way if they end up blocking something in the game or apps. While the preferred location will become the new default.

Note: Certain games may change this during gameplay for the best user experience.

More Mixer Viewing Improvements

Thanks to your feedback, they’ve made many changes to improve your viewing experience on mixer.

  • You can now have the option to switch your chat mode to ‘classic chat’, which displays chat messages in their own dedicated space beside the stream.
  • You can now manually select the video resolution you want to watch content based on your preference.
  • Finally, you can see more information about streamers you are interested in, browse their VODs and Clips to watch, nd host their channel on your own. Making it easier to spport your favorite streamers and keep up to date with all of their content.
Mixer viewing improvements
Source: Xbox Wire
Mixer viewing improvements v2
Source: Xbox Wire

More Storage Management Suggestions

With the pre-existing Storage Management feature, when you run out of space your Xbox One makes space-freeing suggestions for you by organizing and displaying which games, Apps, and other content is taking up most of the space on the hard drive. But, Once this updates hits, they are introducing a “Move” option for users with External Storage attached to their console. giving you the choice to either move or remove items to free up the space they desire.

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