Here's everything that's coming in today's big Xbox One update

"If you do not have a custom background set, you'll see that the updated Home also spotlights the game you're now playing by featuring hero art as your Xbox background". "This is a big release, and includes Beam streaming, an updated Xbox experience with the new Guide, home improvements, and much more", explained Xbox exec Mike Ybarra. If you do not have a custom background set, you'll see that the updated Home also spotlights the game you're now playing by featuring hero art as your Xbox background. Microsoft says it's faster than the old one and created to with "prioritizing the most valuable content for your games" in mind. Now, you'll see a smaller icon for the game with options to dive deeper into the community surrounding the game, as well as the ability to interact with your Club or find Looking for Group posts, view your Achievements and more. The background image will also default to key art from the most recently played game if you don't have a fixed background image selected.

The Xbox One user experience has been consistently horrendous since the console launched in late 2013. The Creators Update implements a host of changes on the console which focus on speed and adding features.

The new multitasking system is described as an evolution of the old. It includes a new achievement tracker that lets you keep objectives in an overlay while you play. Cortana will also be available on top of whatever else you're doing, so you don't need to jump entirely out of the action to control music, set reminders and do more via voice controls.

The new Guide menu looks like a big improvement over the old.

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Today is an exciting day for Xbox One owners, as a slew of new OS features will begin rolling out.

In the case of Windows 10, users will have to wait a little longer, as the Beam feature will be available on that platform until the next month of April 11.

Beam integration. As with the Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft has integrated its Beam streaming service into the Xbox One, providing gamers with an easy way to broadcast their gaming sessions, interact with viewers, find and view other gamers' streaming, and more.

Games can be streamed to Beam directly from the Guide app on Xbox One. Think of the Beam app as Microsoft's answer to Twitch. "As we've said, this is just the beginning - be on the lookout for more great features", added Ybarra. Microsoft have factored in other forms of disability as well and have made changes to Audio Output, Magnifier, Narrator and Rumble. Copilot allows two controllers to act as one.

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