Xbox One Latest News: Spring Update Released; Screen Time, New UI & Beam Streaming Introduced

30 March 2017, 2:04 pm EDT By Keisuke Akio Mobile & Apps

Microsoft rolled out the latest software upgrade to Xbox One. This first major update for 2017 brought a new look to the user interface, beam streaming and even giving the parents the ability to limit the playing time of their child.

The Guide, on the latest update, can now be accessed through a single tapping Xbox button on the controller or in Home screen, click it to the left. Immediate information can now be found on the start screen of the Guide, with the volume control for background music. While on the other tabs, information for friends, parties, achievements, messages and notifications are located.

Xbox Partner Program Manager Scott Henson said that through the Insider program, they heard various feedbacks about the complexity of the device in doing tasks, which also requires too many button presses before an action can be completed. Xbox One gamers expressed these concerns.

Microsoft's goal is to make Xbox One a more user-friendly device and increase its overall system performance. This goal will start by updating Home based on the user's preference.

Integrated Beam into the Xbox One and Windows 10 provided streaming service and unique features that made it advance over competitors such as the Twitch. This allows viewers to interact through chat overlays due to its ultra-low-latency. The Beam app is the icon found between Notification and Settings in Xbox One Guide, says Engadget.

When it comes to accessibility, Xbox One update now enables copilot feature. Through this, two controllers can control the same character or action on screen. Parents to help their child getting through a tough part of a platform might use the copilot. Those with disabilities that cannot comfortably hold the controllers can now use two controllers simultaneously. This will provide easy access to all buttons and triggers. To turn on the copilot feature, just open the Guide, go to settings and select Ease of Access.

Another feature of the update that parents will surely be happy is the option of limiting the playing time of their child. An account-based system at will list all child's account. This also allows parents to set daily time allowance, set the earliest and latest time of the day their child can play.

Other features of Xbox One include support for Dolby Atmos and Blu-ray player bitstream for improved sound and multitask option for players by placing an achievement tracker or Cortana placed above the screen while playing. This is a replacement for removed snapped app feature.

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