Select Xbox Insiders getting new Xbox update starting today

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A couple weeks ago, we posted about some of the Windows 10 and Xbox One Creators Update features that would be coming to the Xbox One console. It turns out that day has come for a select group of Xbox Insiders as the New Xbox Update will start rolling out today. A couple days ago, various users started receiving messages that they were selected to be part of the preview. Those who were selected received the following message through their Xbox Live accounts:

Thanks to your outstanding participation in the Xbox Insider Program, your console has been selected to be among the first to preview upcoming Xbox One updates. If desired, you can opt out via the Xbox Insider Hub.

Mike Ybarra, ‎Partner Director of Program Management, Xbox and Windows Platform at Microsoft, took to Twitter to announce the upcoming update and to urge patience to those in the program.

You can check out the new features in detail by watching the video above or the link below, but we’ll quickly go over them here. At the heart of the new update is quicker access to many popular features and new accessibility options. In order to achieve this, there will be an updated look to the Home screen which simplifies the UI and increases overall system performance. The Guide is also getting updated and can be pulled up with a single press of the Xbox button as an overlay no matter what you are doing on your Xbox One. Accessibility is another area getting some big improvements, including a new Copilot feature that allows two controllers to act as if they were one, as well as new enhancements to the Narrator and Magnifier, and more options over rumble and audio output settings on controllers other than the Xbox Elite Controller.

Multitasking features are also getting reworked, providing easier access to music, screenshots, GameDVR, and the addition of an achievement tracker which allows you to play while tracking your achievements. While it isn’t implemented yet, it will also be easier to enable instant broadcasting to Beam from the new Guide overlay once that is rolled out to Insiders over the next couple weeks as well. Other new features include Cortana gaming enhancements, improving the system update process, new spatial audio output settings for developers, and a beta of bitstream passthrough support for the Blu-ray player.

We were selected to be among the first to preview the new Xbox update, so once we have it installed — hopefully, sooner rather than later — we’ll be sure to report back and offer our thoughts on the new changes and updates.

Did you get the new Xbox update today? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Major Nelson
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