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Xbox One: April Update, New Features

Xbox One users, sometime this month there’s going to be an update with new features for the Xbox One. We don’t know when this update will happen but it will be coming this month.

Guide Layout

Since the guide is the heart of the navigation for the Xbox one, Microsoft is going to deliver an experience that’ll make it easier to find the feature you need while gaming.

For this week’s update, they’re experimenting with a streamlined user interface incorporating the following changes:

  • New default tab order opens Guide with tabs in a left to right configuration, the order of which can continue to be customized from the ‘Profile & System’ tab
Xbox Insider - New Tab Order
  • Party, messaging, and invites are now combined in the new ‘parties & chats’ tab, providing a single location to communicate with other players
Xbox Insider - Party Chat
  • Settings, Audio, and power options now located in the ‘Profile & System’ tab on the left side of the guide as identified by your gamerpic
Xbox Insider - Profiles System
  • The ‘Looking for Group’ can be found in the “People” tab next to “Find Someone” option
  • Apps & System notifications are grouped under the bell icon with other alerts

The new Guide had began rolling out to the Xbox Insiders earlier this month and with more groups receiving the feature in the upcoming weeks.

The Home experience will continue to develop and change based on your feedback. Join the Xbox Insiders Subreddit and let them know what you think.

My Game & Apps Update

With the 2004 update, they’re bringing Xbox one users more ways to explore and manage your games faster. They’ve moved the Storage Management page into the “My Games & Apps” and gave it a small visual update.

They’re also bringing back to the popular “Surprise Me!” button that they experimented with over the holidays. When you aren’t quite sure what you want to play, the “Surprise Me” button will suggest a random game on your library that meets your selected filter criteria. The button’s located in the upper right corner of the “My Game & Apps” and can be found by pressing the menu button on your controller while hovering over the title of a Group.

Xbox Insider - Surprise Me
Source: Xbox Wire

Mixer Viewing Improvements

Xbox has once again made improvements to your Mixer viewing experience. You can now see emotes and subscriber badges in the chat, while your Ember messages will also get the flare they deserve, with special styling to help them stand out.

Xbox Insider - Mixer Chat

Xbox has additionally made it easier to access stream settings with just one press of the menu button on your controller. Beyond those changes they have also made a handful of fixes. Such as; improving the UX on channels that are Hosting another stream and loading chat history when viewing a stream with the classic layout.

Also, a subset of users may also see additional features that are not listed. These features are only enabled for a portion of the Xbox Insider audience to gauge interest and collect feedback.

Your participation in the Xbox Insider Program helps them improve the working progress content and features coming to Xbox.

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