Xbox Insider Preview build 15034 is now available in the Alpha ring - here's what got fixed

Microsoft is releasing a new Xbox Insider Preview build today to the Alpha ring, bringing the build number to 15034.1001, or rs2_release_xbox_1703.170210-1900, and it comes in at 522MB. Like earlier builds, it's a preview of the Creators Update for the console.

It contains a number of fixes, rather than front-facing features. In fact, since built-in Beam streaming went live on Friday, there really aren't anymore promised features that Microsoft still has to add before the Creators Update release in April.

Here's what got fixed:

  • IGN
    Fixed an issue which caused the IGN app to crash to Home upon launch.

  • Beam
    Resolved an issue which caused audio to drop out for a few seconds when viewing a Beam stream.

  • Ubisoft Club
    Fixed an issue which caused the screen to automatically start scrolling down, preventing the user from scrolling back up.

  • Backward Compatibility
    Resolved an issue which caused newly purchased or disc downloaded backward compatible games to fail to launch.

  • Sign-in
    With profile sign-in settings set to “Lock it down”, users should now be able to sign-in again after playing a game, then signing out.

Of course, there are still some known issues:

  • Cortana

    • Cortana may be too responsive to phrases which sound like “Hey Cortana”. The development team is continuing to tune and improve this.

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

    • Scheduled Cortana reminders will not provide a notification if the user who created the reminder is signed in, but not the current active user.

  • 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.

  • Screen Dimming
    The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).

  • 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.

Microsoft seems to be keeping to its original promise of releasing new Xbox One builds to the Preview Alpha ring two to three times a week, with both 15026 and 15031 being offered last week. Interestingly, Preview Beta seems to be seeing just as many, albeit a day or two after the Alpha ring does. Beta was originally promised one or two builds a week.

Some of the known issues on that list go back to the first Creators Update preview, but it seems to be getting progressively shorter. It seems likely that fixes are what Microsoft will be focusing on from now until the update is finally released.

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