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Here's what's new for Preview Ring 3 users in Xbox One Insider build 15055

While Alpha and Beta ring Xbox Insiders have enjoyed Creators Update previews for some time now, Microsoft today released the first build to Preview Ring 3, or at least some users on the ring. The rest will get it in the coming weeks.

Since build 15055.1000 is the first one for the ring, users are seeing all of the Creators Update features for the first time. Microsoft listed some of them in a changelog:

  • Beam
    Beam is an innovative and interactive livestreaming service that gives viewers the ability to watch and deeply interact with their favorite game streamers in real-time, and you can now access Beam from the Guide on Xbox One!

    You can read more about getting started with Beam in this post in the 1703 Preview Announcements forum.

  • Beam App
    The Beam app is now installed by default on Xbox One! To get started with the Beam app, navigate to My games & apps and search for Beam. Please use the Beam app and let us know if you encounter any issues via Report a problem.

  • Automatic Updates
    You can now enable automatic updates independently from your console’s power mode (Instant-On or Energy-saving). To enable automatic updates, navigate to the new updates interface in Settings > System > Updates. Consoles in Energy-saving Mode will download any available updates at shut down. For consoles in Instant-On mode, the experience remains the same.

  • Achievement Tracker
    You can now control the transparency level and number of achievements in the achievement tracker.

But as mentioned above, these are only a few of the new features. First and foremost, you'll find a refreshed Home. The idea is to allow you to get where you need to go with fewer button presses. You'll find that the entire UI is a lot faster, as this was a major pain point for users of the console.

Next, you'll see that pressing the Xbox button on your controller no longer takes you to Home; instead, a Guide will appear from the left side of the screen. This might take a little while to get used to, but it should give you quicker access to Settings, recently used games and apps, Beam streaming, and more. You can also use the new Guide to take screenshots of gameplay and record clips.

Of course, there are some known issues to be aware of:

  • Party Chat
    Party chat will stop functioning when headset audio is switched from Stereo Uncompressed to Windows Sonic while in a party.

  • Controller
    Upon resuming from connected standby, you may be prompted to update your controller firmware when no update is available.

  • Cortana
    Cortana may take a long time to respond when activated while playing certain games.

  • Notifications
    Some users may not receive certain types of notifications.

  • Game Clips
    After capturing a game clip, the game clip fails to automatically post to the Activity Feed (if your profile is configured to do so).
    Workaround: Manually view game clips in Profile > Captures > Manage captures and post to the Activity Feed.

  • EA Access
    The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.

  • Settings - Ease of Access
    When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access - Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts.
    Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).

  • Settings - Display & sound
    The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.

  • Wireless Display
    The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

If you're among the subset of users that have been designated to receive this update, it's available now. If not, and you're in Preview Ring 3, you'll get it over the coming weeks. If you're still in Ring 4, you'll probably see it once the RTM build is available, which this most certainly is not.

Note that the RTM build will align with PCs, phones, and all other Windows 10 devices, as it always has. The November Update was 10586 across the board, and the Anniversary Update was 14393. Since build 15058 is already available for PCs, obviously 15055 won't be RTM for the Xbox One.

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