New Xbox One Features Available in Insider Program

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Late last year, Microsoft did a major upgrade to their dashboard. It made the user interface a lot more appealing that the atrocious PlayStation interface. It has always seemed more like a Sony version of the Windows 8 menu. Within the first 10 days of 2018, Microsoft added new Xbox One Features for people enrolled in the Insider program.

Here are the updates Xbox announced:

Starting today at 6 p.m. PST, Xbox Insiders enrolled in the Alpha ring will receive the latest Xbox One system update (1802.180105-1503).

  • With this update, you’ll be able to use the “Next Achievements” feature in the Guide, which enables you to view and sort a cross-games list of upcoming Achievements. Easily see which Achievements you are closest to, and quickly launch the game to obtain them. Sort filters allow you to prioritize next Achievements by closest, most common, rarest, most common rare, and highest Gamerscore.
  • Mini Game Hubs will soon be available right in the Guide. With this feature, you’ll be able to access great content for the games you’ve played recently from a Game Hub without ever having to leave the action. Mini Game Hubs provide an easy way to see friends who are currently playing, upcoming Achievements, Looking for Group posts, and more.
  • Sometimes all you want to do is avoid all distractions and focus entirely on your game. We’ll be including a “Do not disturb” online status, which will suppress notifications and let your friends know that you’re not available for another game or activity right now.

  • We’re tweaking the community feed to make it easier to view comments. You’ll soon be able to see a peek of the most recent comment on community posts while viewing the activity in full screen. Comments are also being rearranged to place those that are most recent at the top. You’ll also be able to see who has liked your comments.
  • To address user feedback, we’re adding additional inactivity shutdown options to the Power mode & startup menu. In addition to shutting down the console after one or six hours of inactivity, you will be able to select options for two, three, four and five hours.
  • Put your themes on a schedule! You’ll soon be able to switch between light and dark themes based on time of day.

Obviously, once Insider members get these updates, they will be coming out to regular users in the coming months. To be honest, the “do-not-disturb” and shutdown inactivity options are something I am looking forward to. What feature are you interested in? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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