Xbox had a system update today, here is what is new

by: Dan -
More On: Xbox One Xbox Live Xbox 360

Major Nelson just shed some light on the Xbox system update that went live today and all of the changes that were included with it. In addition to the previously known March updates, Microsoft slipped in a few new ones as well. Here is the list of what went live today:

Previously Known Preview Items:

  • Purchase Xbox 360 Backward Compatible games on Xbox One
  • Include Party Chat in Twitch broadcasts
  • Output your Party Chat to headset and speakers simultaneously
  • Customizable Game DVR recording length
  • Track Achievement progress in the Xbox One guide
  • Video playback directly in the Xbox One Activity Feed
  • 16-person Party Chat
  • Xbox 360 Achievements in Xbox One and Xbox app Activity Feeds
  • Follow web links and YouTube videos from Game Hubs
  • Compare your Avatars
  • Reputation rating interface changes

New items since the Preview launched:

  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller improved thumbstick precision with firmware update: We heard from fans that you wanted to see improvements to the behavior of the thumbsticks on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, particularly when you are moving the thumbsticks diagonally. Based on this feedback, we’ve created a new method to calculate the position of the thumbsticks consistently, enabling thumbstick response that is more in line with what you are expecting. This method measures and uses the distance of the thumbstick position relative to the center focus point of the thumbstick base, instead of the standard method, which calculates the measurement using a two-dimensional plane. With the latest firmware update, you can expect increased accuracy of the thumbsticks on your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller for even greater control.
  • Xbox Accessories app: The Xbox Accessories app on Windows 10 now includes a page displaying the current firmware version, battery status, and other details about the controller. This detailed information about the controller is already available on the app on Xbox One.
  • Include Party Chat in Twitch broadcasts: A top voted-for feature on Xbox Feedback and released in Preview, you can now broadcast Party Chat when using the Twitch app. If you are broadcasting from your console and in a party, you can invite other people to include their chat audio in your broadcast by enabling “Broadcast party chat” in the Twitch app settings. As mentioned in Preview, if a member of your party declines, they’ll still be able to chat in the party; they just won’t be heard in the broadcast. Additionally, as the party leader, you have the option to mute a party member’s chat audio, even if they opted-in. You can also include party members on Windows 10 PCs in your Twitch broadcast.

You can see the entire list at his blog here including descriptions of the preview items.  Per Major Nelson, your console will pick up the system update over the next couple of days, but if you cannot wait, you can grab it by going to Settings>System>Console info & updates.

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