Xbox One Spring Update Rolling Out With New UI, Beam Streaming, And Screen Time

Scott Grill

Other recently played titles are listed below the main game shown and will display the same group of icons when hovered. The pins are still at the bottom of the screen and can be accessed quickly by pressing the right trigger on the Xbox One controller. However, the "My games & apps" icon has been moved to the top right of the Home screen with the tile just beneath it used to show updates like game download status.

The Guide also got a major refresh. It can be accessed by single-tapping the Xbox button on the controller or clicking over to the left when on the Home screen. Microsoft has put more immediate information on the start screen of the Guide, including the ability to control the volume of background music. The usual information for friends, parties, achievements, messages, and notifications can be found on other tabs of the guide.

"Through the Insider program, we've received feedback from Xbox One gamers that the UI can be complex and for certain tasks, can require too many button presses. Our goal is to simplify the UI and increase overall system performance, and that starts with updating Home based on what you care most about for the games you play," Xbox Partner Program Manager Scott Henson explained.

Microsoft purchased Beam to integrate its own streaming service into the Xbox One and Windows 10, and it is now ready for everyone. The service has some unique features over competitors like Twitch because it is ultra low-latency and allows viewers to interact via chat overlays.

You can find the dedicated Beam app in the Xbox One Guide. It's the icon between Notifications and Settings at the bottom.

Copilot can be turned by opening the Guide, going to Settings, and then Ease of Access.

Parents will love this new feature while their children may start cursing Microsoft's name. The Xbox One now supports placing limits on how much time children spend playing on the Xbox One.

This is an account based system that can be enabled by logging into a parent account at Microsoft.com/family. This will list all child accounts for the parent. Simply select "Screen Time" from the available options for a child account, and you'll be able to enable the feature, set daily time allowances, plus set the earliest and latest time of day they can play.

Additional new features include support for Dolby Atmos and Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough for improved sound. Players will also be able to multi-task by placing an achievement tracker or Cortana up on the screen while playing. This is to replace the snapped app feature, which has been removed.

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