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Xbox One Dashboard adds support for monitors in the April Update

The evolution of the Xbox One dashboard continues with more new features being added nearly every month. The April update has been rolling out and includes support for those of us who use monitors, and now allows direct sharing of captures to Twitter. Check out the details of the update on the latest episode of Inside Xbox with full patch notes of the update after the video!

Video & Display

  • We’ve added a bunch of new video features we hope you’ll enjoy, starting with Auto Low-Latency Mode (or ALLM for short). Auto Low-Latency Mode enables the family of Xbox One devices to notify your display when you’re playing a game, so a TV that also supports ALLM will know to switch to its low latency video mode. Many displays refer to low latency mode as “game mode.”
  • Gamers will also enjoy the newly introduced support for variable refresh rate output to AMD Radeon™ FreeSync and FreeSync 2 compatible displays. AMD Radeon™ FreeSync is a form of variable refresh rate which helps to reduce input latency and minimize display stuttering, delivering a buttery-smooth visual gameplay experience in your favorite games. The entire Xbox One family of devices will work with FreeSync-certified displays. Xbox One S and Xbox One X will also support high dynamic range with AMD Radeon™ FreeSync 2.
  • Xbox One X and Xbox One S now support output at 2560 x 1440 (1440p) resolution for games and media. With over a million and a half more pixels than 1080p, this resolution offers even more choice between Full HD and 4K displays. This feature should be especially appealing to Xbox One owners who use a 1440p display for PC gaming. Media apps can now add an option for 1440p output for on both Xbox One X and Xbox One S. Developers can also now enable games to run at native 1440p resolution on Xbox One X.

You can enable all these video options from the Settings menu on your Xbox One. Just navigate to “Display & Sound,” then “Video Output.” Note that you’ll only be able to turn on these settings if your TV or monitor supports them.

Streaming & Captures

  • Mixer streamers on Xbox One can now share control of their game with a viewer on Mixer.com. Just turn on the “Share Controller” toggle from the Broadcast & Capture section in Guide and your viewers will be able to share control through a virtual controller in their web browser, or by plugging a physical controller into their PC.
  • You can also now start Mixer broadcasts from anywhere on Xbox One, making streaming easier than ever. If you decide to switch games or exit to the dashboard, your viewers will see a pause animation until you jump back into a game. You will also see a pause animation on your broadcasting status bar on your screen.
  • In addition, you can now share captured screenshots and clips directly to Twitter, after authenticating your account, from the Broadcast & Capture tab of the Guide. Shared captures will now display and play directly in your Twitter feed instead of showing up as a link. We’ll also help you get your content discovered by suggesting a hashtag for the title of the game. Want to follow clips shared by Xbox gamers? Track clips with the #XboxShare hashtag!


  • Xbox Insiders have seen this option for a while, but now everyone can choose to switch between light and dark themes on your Xbox One based on the time of day. You can also personalize your theme to automatically transition from dark to light based on sunrise and sunset in your location. We’ve also added a new high-contrast light theme option, which makes on-screen elements easier to see.

Audio & Ease of Access

  • Based on fan feedback, we’re making additional improvements to Narrator on Xbox One. Narrator volume can now be adjusted independently from system audio volume. We’ve also introduced a new input learning mode to the Narrator menu. With input learning mode enabled, the Narrator on Xbox One will say the name of whatever button you press on an attached input device. High contrast light theme and narrator options can both be adjusted in the Ease of Access menu in Settings.


  • The Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox One has been updated to a more modern look and feel. Enhancements to history and favorites make it easy for you to get back to your favorite sites. Other new features include tab muting, read aloud and autofill. You can also now download and upload pictures, music, and videos from Microsoft Edge on Xbox One; your downloaded content can then be browsed with the File Explorer app.

Clubs, Game Hubs & Tournaments

  • Community tournaments are now available directly in Game Hubs for supported games. This means you no longer need to own or be the admin of a club to create a tournament. To get started, open the Game Hub for a game that supports tournaments. Head to the “Multiplayer” tab and select “Community tournaments” then choose the option for “Create tournament.”
  • Club feeds have also gained new filters to show you “what’s new,” “what’s hot” or “top posts.” Additionally, you can now lock the comments on your feed posts across clubs, Game Hubs, and Community, so the only person in control of the narrative is you.
  • If you’re a club owner or admin, you can now filter invitation requests based on several criteria, including Gamerscore, play time, reputation, Xbox Live Gold status, and recommendations from club members. Club invitation filters will persist until the administrator changes them, so if you set or edit club invitation filters, they will still be there the next time you sign-in.
  • In addition to all these new features on Xbox One, a subset of users may also see additional experimental features that we didn’t mention here. These features are only enabled for a portion of the Xbox audience to gauge interest and collect feedback. 




Screen Time and new streaming service ‘Beams’ to Xbox Insiders

Xbox Insiders – the name for those previously on the dashboard preview program – should now be receiving their update, with optimisations to improve speed and an overhauled guide that gives you quicker access to the most used features of the Xbox One.

Later this week the second stage of the dashboard will be switched on with two new features that parents and streamers may be particularly interested in.


Screen Time is a new parental setting that allows a daily time limit on game time, which is a superb addition in helping keep your little ones safe online and from playing games for too long – I can think of several parents that will appreciate this features, and several children who certainly won’t appreciate this. A similar system is already used for Windows 10.


Twitch’s integration into the Xbox One dashboard and the store has been really successful – broadcasting is easy and the platform stable (most of the time), and while Twitch is here to stay, Microsoft is offering a new way to broadcast – Beam.

Using a new streaming protocol called FTL, the service will offer streamers more instant access to start a streaming session with less than one second delay – it sounds good, but will it entice streamers away from Twitch? Check it out later this week.

For other exciting additions coming to the Xbox One dashboard this week, check out the full list on Xbox Wire.

Is that a new Xbox One dashboard, or are you just pleased to see me?

It seems our ‘beloved’ Xbox One dashboard is going to get another revamp. Originally built with Kinect in mind, before taking the peripheral out of bundles, the Xbox One dashboard has failed in recreating the simple yet intuitive experience of the Xbox 360.

Recently, Mike Ybarra revealed that changes were afoot and that optimisations were planned that would increase the speed of the dashboard, particularly when pressing the Xbox button on controllers to access the blade guide, but how will this look? Windows central has the answer…

The update will hit preview program members first, who will get to see just how well the new Cortana responds and whether the overhauled achievement tracking and gamerscore leaderboards can reinvigorate that competitiveness in gamers for 1000Ging games first. Additional there are also new music controls planned.

SmartGlass and Windows 10 updates heading to Preview members

There’s some exciting new features heading to the Xbox One dashboard, which as usual, will be distributed first to Xbox Preview program members. There’s additions to the dashboard, the Windows 10 Xbox app and SmartGlass.

Xbox on Windows 10

  • Game DVR for PC game
  • Screenshots
  • Live Tiles
  • Avatar app
  • User profile
  • Real name sharing
  • Xbox One Now Playing and media controls
  • Live TV streaming and PIP (picture in picture) support
  • Xbox controller drivers

Xbox One and SmartGlass updates

  • Over-the-air TV for the U.S. and Canada
  • Power on and off from Xbox One SmartGlass
  • Wireless Display app
  • User-selectable power mode
  • Voice messages

For more information on the new features check out Xbox Wire.

BBC iPlayer app finally launches on Xbox One

Have you been missing those hard to find Eastenders episodes? They’re never repeated, ever.

Worry no longer, you can finally discover what the Mitchell’s are doing down the Arches and you can hear those immortal words, “Get out of my pub” without leaving the comfort of your Xbox dash.

The iPlayer app, despite being available on PS4 for months,  has been conspicuous by it’s absence on Xbox One and it has taken over a year to make an appearance.

Now, simply pop onto the store, or if you can’t see it there, search for it and it should now be 46MB of available goodness.

Never miss those hard to catch Eastenders episodes again.


Xbox One – February Dash Update Rolling Out

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Major Nelson, (aka Larry Hryb in real life) has informed the masses that this month’s Xbox One dashboard update is rolling out right now. Yes, right now – so switch on your consoles and let the background downloading magic happen!

It was confirmed that the console will only check for the update after it has been turned off if you have it on low power state (Xbox On etc). This means that the February update will be available the next time you turn your console off but only during off-peak hours in your local time, so you will get it over the weekend.

Here’s a run down of what to expect:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content.
  • You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. My Games and My Apps are now split into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and an added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • You will now be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

Let us know in the comments box if you approve of the new update and don’t forget that better multiplayer and party features are due to hit from March before Titanfall releases on the 11th!

Thanks MajorNelson

Xbox One Dash Beta Video Leaked


Someone has leaked the Xbox One dashboard online and if we had to make a guess at who…well since the first batch of stock was heading for retailers in the US, it’s a pretty good guess that maybe the store or stores lined up for that batch just couldn’t help themselves!

By watching the above video that we obtained from AGB you can see the multitasking in all its glory. Nothing really new is shown in the clip, but November 22nd really can’t come quick enough for my liking.

Just. Can’t. Wait.

(but does look bit of a dust magnet!)