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Xbox One: The Creators Update

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Andrew    2,860
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The Creators Update: Beam Streaming, Increased Performance, And Fan-Requested Features Are Coming To Xbox One And Windows 10

 

Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering for Xbox gives an update on a number of features coming to Xbox One and Windows 10. Read the story here:

 

2017 is going to be a monumental year for gaming at Microsoft. Whether you play on Xbox One, a Windows 10 PC, your mobile phone, or anywhere you sign-in with Xbox Live, we’re going to make your gaming experiences easier, more social, and better with innovative hardware and software features throughout the year.

 

We’re focused on feedback from our fans and innovative, new ideas from our engineering teams that will enhance gaming on the Xbox One and will make Windows 10 the best operating system for PC gaming. In October, as a part of the Creators Update, we announced that Beam, gamer-created tournaments, and other fan requested features would be coming. We’re kicking off 2017 by introducing some of these features next week, with more updates to share in the coming months.

 

These updates are about four key themes: Streaming, Performance, People, and Competition. We’ll make it easier to stream than ever before, by making Beam a feature on Xbox One and Windows 10. We’ll improve the performance of your PC games through the all new Windows Game Mode. And we’ll release Arena on Xbox Live, where you can play in organized tournaments or create your own, making eSports available for everyone.

 

Instantly stream to Beam on Windows 10 and Xbox One


We’re building Beam as a feature of Xbox One and Windows 10, making Beam one of the easiest and quickest ways to stream your gameplay.

 

Beam will connect to your Xbox Live account, making it easy to stream your favorite games to Beam and your Xbox Live community. No extra software is needed and viewers anywhere will be able to watch your streams and interact with your broadcast. On a Windows 10 PC, press Windows + G to pull up the Game bar and click the broadcast button to start streaming. On Xbox One, you can start streaming with one button press from inside the Guide.

 

Increased performance in gaming


Our goal is to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With the Creators Update, we’re introducing a new feature called Game Mode. Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter. Our vision is for Game Mode to optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. This is a big update for Windows; we’re looking forward to Insiders getting their hands on this new feature for further testing, and we’ll have much more to share on what it is and how it works soon, so stayed tuned.

 

In addition, every Xbox One will see an update coming to the Guide that will make it faster to complete common tasks. Through one press of the Xbox button on your controller, you’ll be able to pull up the newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of your screen no matter what you’re doing. In addition, we’re rebuilding the most popular multitasking experiences for speed and ease of access. For example, you’ll be able to start recording your GameDVR clips, adjust your recording length, and access your captures directly in the Guide. We’ll also add a new Achievement tracking overlay, Gamerscore Leaderboard, a new Cortana design, and controls for background music, making these features easier and use.

 

Better ways to find, stay in touch, and share with your gaming friends


We’re improving the ways you can stay in touch with friends on Xbox Live by making it easier to connect with people you care about on other social networks. We’re also adding updates to the Activity Feed, so you can connect and share more with your gaming friends. With additional improvements to Clubs and Looking For Group (LFG), like better moderator tools for Clubs and the ability to share LFG posts in your feed, we’re making it even easier to seek out players for any game on Xbox and Windows 10, and join communities of gamers like you.

You define the rules of competition


New tournaments are coming to Arena on Xbox Live, including those from professional tournament organizers like ESL and FACEIT. And starting with “World of Tanks” and “Killer Instinct”, you’ll be able to create your own Arena tournaments, with more supported titles coming over time. Once your tournament is created, you can invite your friends and members of your club can see it and join. And when the tournament ends, the results will be automatically recorded so you can share them on Xbox Live and across your social networks.

 

As part of the Creators Update, we’re just getting started. We have a few surprises on the horizon and more features to share with you soon. Get excited, stay tuned, and see you on Xbox Live!

 

Mike Ybarra
Gamertag: Qwik
Twitter: @XboxQwik

 

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Xbox Insider Program: November 2016

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George P    5,309

With the first wave of updates going out,  anyone here get it yet? 

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+John.    1,395

Nice little update actually.

 

Although one of the Insider Hub's surveys said "Take survey in Snap Mode", when they've deleted it, so I was mashing the A button like an idiot before I realised.

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George P    5,309

Very good improvements, speed is nice, you can move around easy and quick.  I don't see any negatives really, I didn't use snap mode much, and I think the PIP option is better in the end.

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Vandalsquad    511

Just rolled out to me, dam she fast now. UI looks great. Thought they might of waited until E3 to release this, seems a ton quicker.

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+Ichigo+    27

I got it last week, and already hated it from the start. I do like the speed improvements, but when I was done watching say Netflix I used to hit the xbox home button and then it would bring me home, from there I could just exit out of the app. Now I have to hit the home button, select home in the menu that comes up in the left, then quit the app. More steps than what is needed if you as me. 

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George P    5,309
20 minutes ago, +Ichigo+ said:

I got it last week, and already hated it from the start. I do like the speed improvements, but when I was done watching say Netflix I used to hit the xbox home button and then it would bring me home, from there I could just exit out of the app. Now I have to hit the home button, select home in the menu that comes up in the left, then quit the app. More steps than what is needed if you as me. 

I hardly ever close apps, games sure but apps hardly take up any resources, specially when they're put in the background.   They could add a double press to take us right to home in a future update though, that'd be good.

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+Ichigo+    27
9 minutes ago, George P said:

I hardly ever close apps, games sure but apps hardly take up any resources, specially when they're put in the background.   They could add a double press to take us right to home in a future update though, that'd be good.

I just used netflix for a example, but it is the same workflow I use for all games/apps. A double click would be a good workaround 

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George P    5,309
4 minutes ago, +Ichigo+ said:

I just used netflix for a example, but it is the same workflow I use for all games/apps. A double click would be a good workaround 

I could be wrong here, and I'd have to try this again, but when you first hit the xbox button and get the new guide, instead of going to home, go to the list of "recent" and whatever app or game you've been using should be listed, I think you can click the menu button from that list and then hit quit without going all the way back to the home screen.

 

*edit*  Yup, that works, from the new recent list just go over and then hit the menu button and you get the pin and quit options, so you don't have to go all the way back to home to quit the app you were just in, it's always the top thing listed in recent.

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+Ichigo+    27
3 hours ago, George P said:

I could be wrong here, and I'd have to try this again, but when you first hit the xbox button and get the new guide, instead of going to home, go to the list of "recent" and whatever app or game you've been using should be listed, I think you can click the menu button from that list and then hit quit without going all the way back to the home screen.

 

*edit*  Yup, that works, from the new recent list just go over and then hit the menu button and you get the pin and quit options, so you don't have to go all the way back to home to quit the app you were just in, it's always the top thing listed in recent.

That will work, still just like hitting the home button than the menu button to quit though. 

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