March update for Xbox consoles is now rolling out with FPS Boost and HDR toggles

Xbox Wireless Headset settings in the Xbox Accessories app

Microsoft is rolling out a new system update for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, bringing the shell version number to 2103, though we're still looking at build 19041. The update brings a handful of improvements to the experience, many of which had previously been mentioned.

For instance, the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox consoles and Windows 10 is adding support for the Xbox Wireless Headset announced last month. If you've forgotten, the headset will be available on March 16, and this update to the app will allow players to fine-tune things like the equalizer settings, auto-mute sensitivity, mic monitoring, and the brightness of the microphone light.

Something else that was announced last month was FPS Boost for backward compatible games, allowing older titles to leverage the power of Xbox Series X|S to run at frame rates as high as 120fps. This update adds toggles for this feature in compatible games, for those that prefer the original experience, and a similar toggle is also available for the Auto HDR feature.

FPS Boost and Auto HDR toggles on an Xbox console

The update brings along a couple of other improvements, starting with the ability to manage your subscriptions directly from your Xbox console under your account settings. There's also a new game management experience with improved performance, and for games that support multiple generations of Xbox, you can see information about which parts of the bundle are best for your system and choose what to install.

A potential downside of this update is that Microsoft is removing TV listings from the OneGuide on Xbox One, though this will only start in May. You'll still be able to use OneGuide to view connected HDMI devices or a USB TV tuner, though.

To go along with the update, the Xbox mobile app is also getting updated and bringing back achievements. These were removed previously, but Microsoft is bringing them back as a gradual rollout based on community feedback.

The latest Xbox update does come with some known issues, though. Here's what to look out for:

Controllers

  • We're aware of an issue in which some Xbox Series X|S controllers are losing connection with the console. If you see this behavior, try reconnecting the controller to the console wirelessly or with a USB cable, or if possible, connecting another controller and then submitting feedback. Then reboot the console and try reconnecting the controller.

Guide

  • There’s an issue in which the audio mixer may not be adjustable.

Home

  • Some players have reported that the icon for a disc-based title is not appearing on the dashboard.

My games & apps

  • Some games might appear with an incorrect “Trial” tag in My games & apps.
  • My games & apps may close unexpectedly when viewing “Shrinkable games”.

Profile color

  • The incorrect profile color may appear when turning on the console.

FPS Boost

  • FPS Boost settings may not apply properly on games that are launched via Quick Resume. To ensure that the proper setting is applied, make sure you launch the game, press the Xbox button, highlight the game in the guide, press the Menu button, and quit the game. Relaunching the game after this process will apply the proper FPS boost settings.

One thing that's not mentioned in this update is the new Chromium-based Edge browser, even though the legacy version of Edge is no longer supported after today. It's likely that the browser will have to be updated sooner rather than later, though.

You can check for updates manually in your Xbox console settings, but it should also install automatically sooner or later.

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