Out now for those in the alpha testing ring, Microsoft have taken the wraps off the next system update for Xbox One. There’s no one big feature, I feel, but a bunch of smaller things that are nice to have or sensible improvements.
A small number of Xbox One X (and S) owners will rejoice at having native 1440p output support, meaning that you can plug your Xbox One into a 1440p display and have it supersample down to that resolution instead of 1080p, as it would do before.
A new tweak for Mixer users is the ability to share controller input over the stream, letting a viewer take control of the game on your console. PlayStation 4 owners have had a feature like this for quite some time, but it’s always been a direct link, whereas this is more of a quirky social feature, with both streamer and viewer able to collaborate. Another improvement is that streams will no longer end if you switch games mid-stream.
Here’s the rest of the features in bullet point form:
- Xbox One X and One S 1440p output
- Mixer stream controller sharing
- Mixer no longer ends streams when switching games
- New interface for Microsoft Edge web browser
- Automatic volume adjustment when listening to music while gaming
- Club invitation request filters – e.g. minimum gamerscore or time spent in a particular game
- Smarter club feed filters – e.g. “What’s Hot” and “Top Posts”
- Tournaments open to all in game hubs
- Dedicated tab to view your Games with Gold collection