[UPDATED] New Xbox One Experience Beta Issues Listed, Includes Games Failing To Launch


A New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) for Microsoft’s current-gen console is just around the corner, and testing is due to begin any day now. The company recently outlined how those in the current Xbox Dashboard Preview program can opt-in for the new experience, and it appears that quite a few gamers have chosen to do so in order to be among the first to test out the new Xbox One Dashboard.

UPDATE (09/18/2015 9:30am PT): It appears that the first wave of the NXOE preview is going to be rolling out to a subset of preview program members starting this weekend. Larry Hryb (a.k.a. Major Nelson) has also posted a video showcasing what preview members can expect to see.


As with all previews and betas, the NXOE preview won’t be without it’s fair share of issues. While the current Xbox Dashboard Preview program has been pretty stable with its monthly updates, Microsoft has released a detailed list of what issues users can expect to face should they be accepted into the program.

The biggest issue that may affect users is that some games may fail to launch, including the recently released Destiny: The Taken King. Gamers may also experience graphical issues in Forza Motorsport 6 and DLC issues in other games. The full list of issues users might encounter appears below courtesy of Windows Central:

Games and Apps: The following are known issues with specific titles on the initial New Xbox One Experience updates.

  • Games Failing to Launch: The following games may fail to launch:
    • Guacamelee: SCTE
    • Unmechanical
    • Elite: Dangerous
    • Pool Nation FX
    • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die
    • Xbox Fitness
    • Skylanders
    • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Game Compilation Discs (ex. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Saints Row IV).
  • Forza 6: You may encounter graphical errors (screen turns a blue or purple hue) when participating in races
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity: Installing Assassin’s Creed Unity DLC while the game is open will cause it to crash when the DLC finishes downloading.
  • Elder Scrolls Online: Logging in to an existing character will cause an error indicating you do not have network connectivity and prevent you from connecting to the server.
  • Titles with DLC installation issues: You will be unable to install DLC from game collection as no manage UI is present. Simply download the DLC and bundled title from the Store.
  • Apps Failing to Launch: The following apps may fail to launch:
    • ABC News
    • VUDU
    • SlingTV
    • WWE
    • Showtime Anytime
    • Every Street United
    • BlinkBox
    • TWC TV
  • Apps with video issues: The following apps will launch but videos or streams will not play.
    • SyFy
    • USA Now
    • BravoNow
    • TED
    • MLB

General System Issues

  • System Update Errors: If you encounter an update error screen while downloading a system update and the console freezes, please wait 3 minutes before rebooting the console to ensure crash data is captured. Crash data is submitted automatically; no action required on your part.
  • Party Chat: When entering connected standby with a party chat session open, after resuming from connected standby party chat may no longer function. Workaround: Hard reset the console.
  • Xbox Button: While holding down a button on the controller or plugging in a racing wheel and pressing the Xbox button, the power menu may pop up after which the Xbox button will fail to recognize input. Workaround: Hard reset the console.
  • Automatic Downloads: Content purchased from Xbox.com will not automatically download to the Xbox One console. This feature is planned to come later.
  • Browser: You will be unable to use voice commands in the browser; using voice commands in the browser will likely cause the console to hang and require a hard reset to resolve the issue.
  • My games & apps: After downloading a system update My games & apps may fail to populate. Workaround: Hard reset the console.
  • Games stuck in the queue: You may find games are unexpectedly remaining in the download queue.
  • Notifications: Friends do not receive game toast notifications.
  • Live TV: The following issues affect the Live TV experience:
  • Cable/Satellite set top box compatibility is not yet at parity with the current Xbox One experience. Please continue to report video playback and audio issues using the Report a problem app to help us improve the experience. HDMI troubleshooting steps:
    • Go Home and press the menu button on the OneGuide app to quit, then restart it.
    • Unplug and re-plug the HDMI-in cable from the Xbox, ensuring it’s seated securely in the port.
    • With the Xbox One turned on, pull the power cord on the cable/satellite box, wait a few seconds, and plug it back in.
    • Press and hold the power button on the front of the Xbox One to perform a hard reboot of the console.
  • Dolby Digital surround sound will not work for Live TV.
  • App channels cannot be set as a Favorite.
  • The “Xbox Snap TV” voice command does not work. You can snap TV via voice command by saying “Xbox Snap OneGuide” or choosing OneGuide from the Snap Center.
  • The OneGuide pin doesn’t function. You can launch OneGuide using the app, voice commands, or from the OneGuide twist.
  • You may experience a stuck frame streaming TV to the Xbox App. You can enter OneGuide or resize your window to restore video playback.
  • The media transport controls do not work when streaming TV to SmartGlass and Xbox app clients.
  • When resuming from connected standby the Xbox One media remote may fail to send commands; a hard reset resolves this.
  • Community Twist
  • Currently this area is not fully populated with content and is missing large sections of the user experience. Activity feed content also may not be actionable and items on the trending items second level screen have not been fully tuned. As Preview moves forward content and features in this area will light up.
  • Xbox App/Smartglass
  • SmartGlass and Xbox App Live TV/OneGuide: You may experience issues connecting to Live TV or OneGuide when connecting to the console with SmartGlass. Workaround: Set your SmartGlass connection to auto connect, quit the app, and restart. If the issue persists, hard reset the console.
  • Basic SmartGlass functionality is now available including gamepad navigation, touch navigation, remote text entry, media playback control, and companions for apps and games. Other features such as two-finger touch panning, media companions, and power on/off will not function in this build.
  • Accessories
  • Xbox One Media Remote:
    • When resuming from connected standby the Xbox One media remote may fail to send commands; a hard reset resolves this.
    • The buttons for media playback will not work (rewind, play, pause, fast forward, skip back, stop, skip forward). The directional and center “select” button will function as normal.
  • USB TV Tuner: If you have a USB TV Tuner plugged into your Threshold Xbox One console, Windows and Windows Phone SmartGlass devices will crash when attempting to connect to the console. To avoid this, you can switch to the Xbox App on Windows 10 or reset your TV settings and avoid setting up the USB TV Tuner.
  • Third Party Steering Wheels: Using a third party steering wheel will work in games, however, it may cause instability to the console after attempting to use the Xbox button to return to the dashboard. Workaround: Hard reset the console.

If you choose to opt-out of the NXOE program after it has been installed on your console, it will be restored to factory settings which means you’ll have to re-download all your games and apps. Your saves, screenshots, and game clips should be fine as these live in the cloud.

If, after reading that list, you still want to opt-in and are part of the Xbox Dashboard Preview program, you may still be able fire up your Xbox One, head to the Xbox Dashboard Preview app, select the Registration button and change your enrollment from “Preview – Existing Xbox One Experience” to “Preview – New Xbox One Experience.” Doing so doesn’t guarantee you’ll get it right away though, but if you’re change is accepted you should see something similar to Pending where it previously said Change in the Registration section of the app.

Have you signed up for the New Xbox One Experience? Are you thinking about changing your mind after reading this list of issues? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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