The March system software update has rolled out for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, bringing with it previously announced backward compatibility options, support for the new Xbox Wireless Headset and promising to bring back achievements to the Xbox app on mobile. Microsoft notes that the March update fixes “many of the controller disconnects players have reported”, per Xbox’s Jason Ronald.
Lots of Xbox news this week, but in case you missed it we released our March Xbox System Update yesterday.
In addition to the new features, this release also fixes many of the controller disconnects players have reported.
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— Jason Ronald (@jronald) March 10, 2021
All in all, the March update is focussed on quality of life, instead of adding amazing new features.
The big one for those affected is a software fix for the seemingly random game controller affecting the new Xbox Series X|S controller iteration. Reports of disconnects first emerged around the start of the year, with controllers spontaneously disconnecting or certain buttons not working. While there were various troubleshooting techniques to get things working again, hopefully this puts the issue to bed.
Following on from the first batch of FPS Boost games, Xbox Series X|S owners now have more granular options for backward compatibility games, letting you enable or disable Auto HDR and FPS Boost on a game-by-game basis. To access these options, select the game, press the ‘hamburger’ menu button and go to ‘Manage game and add-ons’, then ‘Compatibility Options’.
Auto HDR is applied almost universally to backward compatibility titles (though it has been disabled in a few notable cases), while FPS Boost has been enabled for Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, UFC 4 and Watch Dogs 2, doubling frame rates from 30fps to 60fps, or from 60fps to 120fps.
The update also means you can better manage your Xbox subscriptions from the Xbox console itself. Found in ‘Settings’ > ‘Account’ > ‘Subscriptions’, you can see more details like the next billing date and attached payment method. There is also a direct link to let you swap payment methods and head to the Microsoft website via your console to manage your subscription. It’s still taking you to the website, which is dumb as anything, but at least you can do this from the console.
Speaking of which, there’s a new ‘Choose what to install’ option when buying or downloading a game in a bundle form. It’s not clear if this applies for games broken up into segments like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but applies to titles like The Yakuza Remastered Collection, so you can download each game individually.
Xbox One owners who use their console as a media box might shed a little tear for the death of one of the main features that enables this: the TV listings in the OneGuide are going away. You can still use OneGuide to passthrough HDMI video or use the USB TV tuner, but there will no longer be on-screen TV listings. Sad times.
From March 16th, alongside the launch of the Xbox Wireless Headset, an update for the Xbox Accessories app will add direct support across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Windows 10, letting tweak audio controls, mic monitoring, the mute light’s brightness and more.