Today, Microsoft released yet another Xbox Insider Preview to the Alpha ring, bringing the build number to 16287, or rs3_release_xbox_dev_1710.170908-1900. It's a preview of version 1710, which will be known as the Fall update.
If you've been testing the builds so far, than you've seen new features like a redesigned Dashboard and Guide, 1080p Mixer streaming, and more. Today's build adds a couple more minor new features:
Never Miss Out!
You’re here to play, but sometimes have to step away from your Xbox. We’ve enhanced the notification system when your Xbox is idle so that time-sensitive activities are visible from far away. Whether you’re still in the room or taking the dog out for a walk, your Xbox will keep you instantly up-to-date. At a glance, you’ll know if your friends have come online while you were away or if you’ve been invited to play. You’ll never miss out on what’s going on with your friends, clubs, broadcasts, and more.
We’ve also updated the screen-dimming functionality to better prevent screen ghosting, both when the screen is dimmed and when it’s showing enhanced notifications.
NOTE: This feature is being enabled 9/12 at 9:00 AM PDT, and will become available on Xbox a few hours later (or immediately after a hard reset).
Downvoting content in the middle two discovery slots on Home will now instantly remove the content type from view.
There are also a bunch of fixes:
A new controller firmware update is available for Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth. You can manually download the update from Settings > Kinect & devices > Devices & accessories > Device info.
Games & Apps
Fixed an issue which caused games to sometimes fail to appear in Ready to Install.
Fixed an issue which sometimes caused Game Hub to display inaccurate Gamerscore or achievements.
Minecraft Better Together Beta
Other games should no longer fail to launch after launching the Minecraft Beta.
3D Blu-Ray content now correctly plays in 3D.
Finally, there are still some known issues to be aware of:
There are some known visual contrast issues in messaging, the entertainment twist, and the Mixer twist—you may see white on white. Fixes will be coming soon.
When using Arabic or Hebrew language and signing in with a profile using the “Lock it down” security preference, the sign-in screen which requests Microsoft account e-mail address and password is distorted. This does not affect the profile if it is set to use the “Ask for my passkey” or “No barriers” security preferences.
Workaround: Set the console to use another language, sign-in, and set the profile’s security preference to “Ask for my passkey” or “No barriers”. Alternatively, you can still type in your password as normal using the virtual keyboard though the screen is distorted.
When using Hebrew language, Netflix fails to launch.
Images on the Mixer tab may appear clipped or duplicated.
While Preview Alpha is still invitation-only, Beta was recently opened up to anyone that's been an Insider for three months and has reached level four. That ring got its first 1710 preview last week, so it will probably see this build within the next couple of days.
A subset of Delta Insiders are also getting 1710 previews, although that oddly happened before the Beta ring ever got it, so there's really no telling when they'll see this build. 1710 should be finalized next month though, and when it is, it will be available in the Omega ring before being released to everyone.