Microsoft is continuing to release monthly updates to their Xbox One Dashboard Preview program, and March looks to bring quite a few new features along with some updates to the chat functionality.
Perhaps one of the nicest additions will be the ability to finally purchase Xbox 360 Backward Compatible games on the Xbox One. New titles are being added as they are ready, and since all Xbox 360 monthly Games with Gold offerings are now Backward Compatible as well, it only makes sense to have a section on the Xbox One where you can access and purchase them directly from the console.
A few updates to the party chat system include 16-person party chat, which will be coming to both the Xbox One and the Xbox Beta App this month, as well as options to include Party Chat in Twitch broadcasts and to output your Party Chat to your headset and speakers simultaneously while using your Xbox One. In a party and don’t want to be heard on Twitch? Microsoft has you covered, and if you decline the option to include your chat audio in the broadcast, you won’t be heard in the broadcast. Additionally, the party leader can mute anyone’s chat audio.
Another option that’s being updated is the default Game DVR recording length. Currently set to 30 seconds, this may be too long or too short for some users’ liking. In the update, you’ll be able to adjust the recording length to 15, 30, or 45 seconds, or 1, 3, or 5 minutes through the Settings > Preferences > Game DVR & Streaming screen.
Achievements will now be visible in the Xbox One guide, under the party icon and above the messages icon. This will allow easier access to your current achievements and allow you to more easily track your Achievement progress without having to snap the Achievements app during gameplay.
Lastly, videos will be playable right in your Activity Feed instead of launching in the video app. Options to pause, restart, and full-screen playback are being added as well when you do choose to launch the video from your feed.
A few updates are coming to the Xbox Beta app as well, including the addition of the Gamerscore Leaderboard that was added to the Xbox One last month, and an updated Featured gaming section.
As previously mentioned, 16-person Party Chat will be coming to both the Xbox One Dashboard Preview and the Xbox Beta app. Other additions will finally see Xbox 360 Achievements showing up in Xbox One and Xbox app activity feeds, the ability to follow web links and YouTube videos from Game Hubs, Avatar comparison, and reputation rating interface changes.
Check out an overview of what’s coming to the Xbox One Dashboard Preview this month in the video below:
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Last Updated on March 2, 2016.