Microsoft is continuing its recent trend of monthly feature updates for its Xbox One family of gaming consoles, as today, it will release the first build of version 1706 to the Preview Alpha ring of the Xbox Insider Program. As indicated by the version number, it should be finalized during the month of June, and it follows 1705.
Interestingly, the company didn't make a formal announcement for this update on any of its official blogs; instead, it's simply posted release notes of a build that will be released today, which is rs2_release_xbox_1706.170526-2218. We don't have the build number confirmed just yet, but according to BuildFeed, it will be 15063.4043.
Here's what's new in today's build:
When a signed in user is selected in the Guide, the e-mail address associated with their account will now display under their profile, as well as on Home. This feature is enabled by default for adult accounts, and disabled for child accounts (child accounts will never see the e-mail address associated with their account displayed).
Adult accounts can disable this feature by navigating to Settings > Account > Sign-in, security & passkey.
You can now invite a friend to combine their game broadcast with yours! Sign in with an account that has an Xbox Live Gold subscription and invite a friend to your party. Once you’ve begun broadcasting your game from the Guide, you’ll be able to select “Invite party to co-stream” from the Party tab. Co-streaming is currently available only to Alpha Insiders, so we’d suggest using the Insider forums to sync up with other Alpha Insiders to test out this feature.
Learn more about co-streaming and other features new to Mixer here, and be sure to complete the “Invite to Co-Stream” Quest and Survey in the Xbox Insiders Hub to provide your feedback!
Signing into your Xbox account can now be done with a click of the Xbox button thanks to the new controller linking feature! You can now link an account to a specific controller by opening the Guide, navigating to Settings > Account > Sign-in, security & passkey and selecting the “This controller signs in…” option followed by “Link controller.” From there, test the feature out for yourself by signing out of your account and then turning your controller off and then back on.
Find more detailed steps and provide your thoughts on this feature by accepting the “Link Your Controller” Quest in the Xbox Insiders Hub!
Microsoft notes that these features are not all that are planned for the 1706 update when it is finalized. Here's what got fixed:
Fixed an issue which could cause distorted sounds and audio glitches when Windows Sonic is enabled.
Fixed issues which could sometimes cause the Skype UWP to crash during use.
Fixed an issue which sometimes caused the virtual keyboard to lose focus (preventing text from being entered).
Finally, here are the known issues:
After dismissing the virtual keyboard, attempting to relaunch the virtual keyboard may fail.
When switching games while broadcasting with Mixer, the stream freezes and doesn't allow the user to close or restart the broadcast.
Workaround: Restart the console.
If you're on the Preview Alpha ring, you'll see the new update at 2:00pm PT, or 5:00pm if you're on the east coast. According to Microsoft's Brad Rossetti, Beta ring users will get it later on this week "based on feedback from the Alpha ring".