The new Xbox One dashboard and guide is out today

Elbert EdwardsMar 30, 2017

A new Xbox One update will be available for download today, March 29, according to Xbox Head of Platform Engineering, Mike Ybarra. Highlights include Home screen improvements, Beam integration and new Guide button functions. The new Guide contains the most commonly used - and useful - features such as Games and Apps, the Xbox One Games Store and your Pins.

As well as streaming to Beam, you'll also be able to watch streamers through the new Xbox Beam app.

To round off the news, Microsoft also confirmed that the huge Windows 10 Creators update for PC will also be launching on April 11, "bringing new features for PC gamers such as Game Mode, and seamless Beam streaming directly from the Game bar to Windows 10".

The first thing Xbox owners will see when booting up this evening is the new Home screen.

Beforehand, tracking achievements and initiating other tasks was quite cumbersome on Xbox One.

Other new features include Beam streaming and broadcasting, and a new copilot feature enabling another player to sign in with a second controller and use it as if it were a single controller. This new feature allows you to select and follow multiple achievements, which are displayed in an overlay while you play the game; ideal for those of us who like to see a meaningless number slowly increase.

"Cortana will also appear as an overlay on your screen, allowing you to set reminders and alarms, access Party controls, and play music with simple voice controls".

The most notable is the Co-pilot feature that enables cooperative play using the same controller. Microsoft are dramatically improving their accessibility options. The Copilot feature allows two controllers to act as if they are one, allowing one player to aid another player during gameplay.

Screen time limits. Microsoft is slowing expanding parental control-like functionality to the console, and with this update you can configure daily time allowance and limits for each of your children, similar to what you can do on PCs.

Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough: The Blu-ray disc player on Xbox One now supports bitstream passthrough, which allows your receiver to decode audio natively.

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