The latest Xbox One and Windows App updates are here. The updates have been undergoing testing from Xbox Preview members. This is more commonly known as User Acceptance Testing in the mainstream or more so as either Alpha/Beta testing in gaming, Microsoft are now rolling out a system update for all Xbox One consoles, along with an update for the Xbox app for Windows 10.
A fair number of updates included have already been made public as they have been available for Preview members recently, such as the ability to purchase Xbox 360 backward compatible games on the Xbox One, 16-person Party Chat, more options for Game DVR recording lengths and more. To add to these the Major Nelson website states that the Xbox One and Windows App updates will be bringing even more updates such as:
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller improved thumbstick precision with firmware update: We heard from fans that you wanted to see improvements to the behavior of the thumbsticks on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, particularly when you are moving the thumbsticks diagonally. Based on this feedback, we’ve created a new method to calculate the position of the thumbsticks consistently, enabling thumbstick response that is more in line with what you are expecting. This method measures and uses the distance of the thumbstick position relative to the center focus point of the thumbstick base, instead of the standard method, which calculates the measurement using a two-dimensional plane. With the latest firmware update, you can expect increased accuracy of the thumbsticks on your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller for even greater control.
- Xbox Accessories app: The Xbox Accessories app on Windows 10 now includes a page displaying the current firmware version, battery status, and other details about the controller. This detailed information about the controller is already available on the app on Xbox One.
- Include Party Chat in Twitch broadcasts: A top voted-for feature on Xbox Feedback and released in Preview, you can now broadcast Party Chat when using the Twitch app. If you are broadcasting from your console and in a party, you can invite other people to include their chat audio in your broadcast by enabling “Broadcast party chat” in the Twitch app settings. As mentioned in Preview, if a member of your party declines, they’ll still be able to chat in the party; they just won’t be heard in the broadcast. Additionally, as the party leader, you have the option to mute a party member’s chat audio, even if they opted-in. You can also include party members on Windows 10 PCs in your Twitch broadcast.