Xbox One’s July update has started rolling out, bringing with it a couple of much-needed quality of life improvements to the console’s dashboard experience.
The star of the update is the new FastStart feature. This new feature will let players jump into games they’re downloading earlier by figuring out which files are needed to play the game and downloading those first. In other words, instead of hitting “ready to start” and sitting in the title menu, players should now be able to play an actual game while in the middle of downloading it. Xbox just announced it at E3 2018, so it’s nice (if not surprising) to see that it’s already being implemented. It doesn’t sound like all titles are compatible with FastStart at the moment, though Xbox does have plans to expand it to include more games, with a focus on titles in the Game Pass library.
The July update is also making it easier for the more organizationally inclined to compartmentalize their Xbox One dashboard experience. The new Groups system will allow users to, well, group games and apps together any way they want and pin those groups to the dashboard for easy access. This means you can, for instance, group all your favorite first-person shooters or video-streaming apps together. Then, instead of individual games, you can pin these groups to your dashboard for easy access and a much less cluttered experience.
The search function has also gotten a slight buff in the July update. Now you can search for content, whether you own it or not, from anywhere on the dashboard, making it easier to find games within your own library or in the Xbox Store. Hopefully, this also means the search function will work a little better than it has in the past.
Finally, the July update gives Mixer streamers something to celebrate. The “share controller” function that allows Mixer streamers to virtually pass the sticks to their viewers now allows keyboard-and-mouse support for PC users (complete with key bindings) as well as added functionality for touch devices like certain laptops. Full-screen web cam broadcasting is now possible, and the quality and stability of streams should see an overall improvement.
Overall, July’s update sounds like one of Xbox’s more notable monthly updates in a while. One thing that was still missing, however, were the new Avatars, which Alpha Ring Insiders recently unlocked, as well as full keyboard and mouse support.
Source: Xbox Wire