The list below shows the current Xbox One operating system version number and what features were added or updated based on system updates from mid-2015 to the present.
To find your Xbox One console’s operating system version:
Note If you’re in the middle of a system update and need to find your operating system version on your console, pull both the left and right triggers and both the left and right bumpers on your controller at the same time. The operating system version is listed as Build and is the second line down.
New Xbox Avatars have arrived
The new Xbox Avatars have been reimagined to offer an unprecedented amount of inclusive customization options that will continue to grow. The Xbox Avatar Editor offers a wide range of body types, letting you tailor your avatar however you see fit.
Capture a picture of your avatar to use as your gamerpic in the Photobooth, displaying multiple poses that can be paused and advanced with more control than ever before. Rotate and zoom controls help you get the exact look you’re after, and a wide variety of background colors let you set the scene. Choose a mood for your avatar to add a finishing touch.
The new Xbox Avatar Editor also lets you compare and choose between avatar generations. If you’re attached to your existing avatar, all the content from your original avatar’s closet is still available in the Xbox Original Avatars app on Xbox One and Windows 10.
Alexa and Cortana show off their Xbox Skills
Now you can interact with Xbox beyond Kinect and headsets with Alexa and Cortana-enabled devices. With the Xbox Skill, use your voice to turn your Xbox on and off, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more.
Let’s say you have the Xbox Skill enabled on your Echo. Just say “Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4” and your Xbox will turn on, sign you in, and launch Forza Horizon 4.
To start voice setup for Alexa, say “Alexa, open Xbox.” For Cortana, say, “Hey Cortana, open Xbox.”
Dolby Vision video streaming comes to Xbox One
Dolby Vision allows select TVs to take HDR up a notch with scene-by-scene precision and accuracy versus standard HDR. If you have a TV that supports the latest version of Dolby Vision and a Premium Netflix subscription, jump in and experience Dolby Vision for yourself.
Narrator supports new languages
We’ve added support for five additional languages for Narrator on Xbox One: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. We’ve also added Australian English for Narrator, in addition to U.S. and UK English.
Search includes games you own
Search has expanded to include games that are “Ready to install” or currently owned as part of your memberships, including Xbox Game Pass, EA Access, and more. It’s easier than ever to find the game you’re looking for and start playing.
Ready to install update
We’ve made the Ready to install section in My games & apps a part of your games, apps, and memberships tabs. This adjustment should make it easier to quickly scan and identify what’s available to play right now versus what needs to be installed first.
Made stability improvements to the guide on Home to prevent parties crashing and other guide functionality to be unstable.
My games and apps
Fixed an issue where certain games and apps would fail to launch with no error code provided. The failure required the game to be uninstalled and reinstalled.
Fixed an issue where the Store app would fail during launching or browsing with the error (0x80070bfa).
Made stability updates to improve the end-to-end functionality of messaging.
o Resolved an issue with wireless and wired networks failing to be detected when the console wakes from instant-on power.
Group your games and apps
We’ve introduced a powerful enhancement to pins: the ability to group your games and apps by type, by theme—however you want. Are you in progress on 12 different games? Do you play anything with cars? Keep track by making groups. Choose what you call them, decide what order the games appear in each group, and add groups to Home for quick access.
You’ll see your recent groups in the guide when you select your games and apps, and there’s a dedicated tab for groups in your games and apps. Your groups go with your profile, so you’ll see them on every Xbox One you use. We’ve started you off with a group that should look very familiar—your pins!
Go full screen on Mixer
Mixer streamers can now go full screen with their webcam while broadcasting. Audio is muted when you’re full screen, so it’s perfect for talking to your audience when switching between games or setting up before you start.
Shared controller updates
We've made it easier to share your controller on PC. First, we've enabled full mouse and keyboard support for PC gamers, so anyone with a mouse or a keyboard can become the active controller.
Second, we've included multi-touch support for touch-enabled devices. This lets you use multiple controls at the same time—moving the controller stick and pressing A simultaneously, for example.
And we’ve added a per-channel leaderboard that shows the top contributors to the streamers' channel during a shared controller session.
Find games and apps with ease
Looking for your next game? Whether it’s something you want or something you own, press Y on your controller to pop a search screen just about any time you’re not in a game.
Even more video output options
Gamers with TVs and monitors that support 120Hz refresh rates can now turn on 120Hz support for 1080p and 1440p output resolutions on Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
High refresh rates can often provide smoother gaming and lower latency, as well as reduced tearing and stuttering in some games.
Game capture trimming improvements
Now you can start trimming your game clips and screenshots from your recent captures in the guide. No more switching to Upload Studio to make cuts to your clips.
Updated button behavior
We’ve made a few changes to controller button commands. For example, now you can press the View button when you’re on Home to reorder your game and friend blocks. And pressing that same View button when you’ve selected Home on the main tab of the guide takes you to your recent captures.
Better experience for families
It’s way easier now for parents to find and manage their family settings on Xbox One. On the new Family settings screen under Settings > Account, we show exactly which family and content access settings are set up, important ones that aren’t, and any that require attention.
More video output options
Xbox One X and Xbox One S now output 1440p resolution for games, game clips, and screenshots. Sometimes referred to as 2560 x 1440 and QHD, 1440p is popular among PC gamers. With over 1.5 million more pixels than 1080p, this resolution fills the gap between full HD and 4K Ultra HD. (People connected to a 1080p or 4K UHD display won’t see the option for 1440p.)
We’ve also added an option to reduce visual latency, or input lag, called AMD FreeSync, which supplies a variable refresh rate (VRR) to TVs and monitors that support it. VRR reduces latency and minimizes stuttering by letting a display sync its refresh rate with whatever’s coming from your Xbox.
Televisions coming later this year will take advantage of a new Xbox feature called auto low-latency mode (ALLM). This tells your display that you’re playing a game. You’ll benefit from low input lag when gaming while still enjoying your new TV’s non-game processing at other times, like when you’re watching a movie.
A new level of Mixer interactivity
Mixer streamers on Xbox One can now share their controller (except for the Xbox button) with a Mixer viewer watching on Mixer.com. Viewers can take control through the on-screen gamepad or by plugging a controller into their PC. Streamers can pause controller sharing by pressing the guide button. Viewer and streamer can work together in a game – or not. It’s your choice!
Broadcasts now pause instead of stop when you switch games or exit to the dashboard. You’ll see a pause indicator on your broadcasting overlay, and your viewers will see a paused screen until you jump back in the game. You can also now start Mixer broadcasts from anywhere on Xbox One, whether you’re on Home, a game’s splash screen, or within a game itself.
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Game hubs in the guide
Now game hub information is available right from the guide. Check on things like upcoming achievements, Looking for Groups posts, and friends currently playing your game without having to leave the action.
Need some “me” time? Set your online status to “Do not disturb,” which suppresses notifications and lets your friends know that maybe it’s time to back off a little.
Plan your achievement attack
Next achievements in the guide lets you target specific achievements to unlock. Sort by close, common, rare, most common rare, and highest gamerscore.
More options for inactivity
Previously, you could set your Xbox to turn off after one or six hours of inactivity. We thought we’d give some other numbers a shot. Now you can also choose options for two, three, four, and five hours of inactivity.
Resolved an issue that sometimes prevented users from pressing B to go back when navigating the Store.
Privacy & online safety
Resolved an issue that caused child accounts with family restrictions to retain the restrictions after graduating to an adult account.
Resolved an issue that caused some users to lose party chat audio and voice quality fixes.
AVRs with HDMI-passthrough should no longer break Dolby Atmos for home theater if the TV and console are turned on before the AVR.
Settings on your home console – including TV and OneGuide – are now saved automatically to the cloud when you sign in. When you set up a new Xbox, we’ll ask if you want to apply them.
Speed up setup
Now you can use the Xbox app on iOS or Android to finish setup on a new Xbox while it downloads the day one update. Look for the option when the update starts.
On top of games and friends, now you can add club blocks to Home. Add them from both the guide and the club itself.
Give the gift of games
Want to play Santa? Give a gift from the Microsoft Store, including most digital games, durable DLC, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass. Look for the “Buy as gift” button and send stuff to friends and family.
Now kids can ask their parents to buy games and apps for them with the “Ask a parent” online safety setting. Parents can manage their children's privacy & online safety settings in Settings > Account > Family (or visit account.microsoft.com/family).
Screen time limits allow a child to ask for more time when they run out, but the parent had to complete the request on the console. Now, kids can request more time in email and you can approve (or deny) from there. To set up screen time for your family, visit account.microsoft.com/family.
Out of sight
We heard you! Now you can hide your games with no unlocked achievements from the personal and public view of your profile.
Home, the way you want it
Home has a new look and feel that’s faster and more personalized than ever.
See your recent activities at a glance and move quickly between Home, My games & apps, and social features. Discover new things to do on Xbox Live that are tailored to your games and interests. Add your favorite games, friends, and more to your Home screen, making it easier to keep up with what you care about.
New and improved guide
The new layout lets you fly through tabs with the left stick or bumpers instead of moving in and back out of vertical tabs. Use the new flyouts to get into deeper levels of detail right in the guide.
Game DVR enhancements
Capture game clips and screenshots directly to an external hard drive, which you can then plug into a PC for and find them easily Broadcast & capture tab in Guide
Join Xbox Arena tournaments right from the guide and increase the competition with new tournament options for World of Tanks, Injustice 2, and Halo Wars 2.
Share and view game clips and screenshots in a new, immersive, full-screen view.
Now you can use a regular USB webcam to broadcast yourself alongside your gameplay on Mixer – and do it in 1080p resolution on any Xbox One.
And in the Mixer hub, preview broadcasts so you can see what you like before joining.
Get ready for Xbox One X
We’ve introduced new options to help save time when moving from one Xbox One to another, so you can get back to playing faster.
Existing Xbox One owners can back up their key settings to an external drive, so that they’re ready be applied to the new Xbox during setup. You can also transfer your favorite games to an external drive so they’re ready to play right away on your new Xbox.
If you don’t have an external hard drive, you can use your home network to transfer games from one console to another.
And if you have 4K games, download 4K content ahead of time using an external drive or your home network so that you’re ready to go on day one.
Xbox One Enhanced games
Xbox One X Enhanced games are optimized to take full advantage of the world’s most powerful console. They’re easy to find in the Store, and you can sort and filter them in your games and apps.
The new Xbox Assist app provides personalized tips and help, smart notifications, community tips, and troubleshooting tools.
Get tips from the community for the games you play, including help with achievements. View the status of Xbox Live services and apps, tackle issues early with predictive notifications, browse help topics, and quickly resolve issues with intelligent troubleshooters.
Performance and General Improvements
Performance and General Improvements
Create your own tournaments
If you’re the owner or admin of a club, create Arena tournaments in a snap. Just go to your club, choose the Tournaments tab, select Create tournament, choose Killer Instinct, then customize your tournament—name, start time, and other details. When you’re done, your tournament will appear in the Tournaments tab of your club.
If you don’t have a club, create one—it only takes a few minutes. To get started, press the Xbox button to open the guide, then select Home. Move over to the Community tab, select Clubs on Xbox, then choose Create a club.
Add a custom image to your profile
Personalize your profile with a custom image. Plug in a USB device with your chosen image, or download it from OneDrive (available in the Store under Apps). Then go to your profile and select Customize profile > Change gamerpic. (You’ll need to select Switch to gamerpic first if you’re replacing your avatar with a custom image.)
Select Upload a custom image and follow the steps to add your own image.
Custom images are only available for adult Microsoft accounts.
Sign in with your personal controller
Have one controller you use most? Link that controller to your profile so you’ll be signed in automatically when it turns on. To link your personal controller, press the Xbox button and go to Settings > Sign in, security & passkey.
Entertainment hub on Home
The OneGuide hub is now called Entertainment. This change reflects the many ways on Xbox to get the latest movies and TV shows. You can still connect your digital cable box to browse the Xbox program guide, which remains OneGuide. But now you get there through the Entertainment hub.
Performance and General Improvements
More activity feed options
Not sure you want a particular post showing up in your activity feed? Hide it. Select the post, then select Options > Hide. Or maybe you only want to see certain types of posts. Go to the top of your feed and select the filter button, then choose your preferences.
If there’s a post you really want other people to see, pin it to the top of the activity feed in your profile or a club. Select the post, then select Options > Pin to club. You’ll see your post pinned to the top until someone unpins or replaces it.
Keep using your favorite Looking for Group posts
Press the Xbox button and go to Parties > View history to see Looking for Group posts you’ve created or expressed interest in, then choose a post to use it again.
Filter your games
In your games and apps, choose whether to see all games, games made for Xbox One, or just your Xbox 360 games that work on Xbox One. This works on both the games you’ve installed and anything in your list of games that are ready to install.
New settings for Narrator and Magnifier
Choose a voice pitch and personality for Narrator readouts while you’re using Xbox One. When you’re viewing screens with Magnifier, the zoomed-in part of your screen can now follow your controller navigation so you don’t need to keep turning Magnifier on and off. Review your new options in Settings > Ease of Access.
Appear offline right from guide
Make it look like you’re not signed in to Xbox Live: Open the guide, go to the top, select yourself, and choose Appear offline. Select it again to show up as being online. From the same spot, hop to your profile, memberships, and account management.
Opening the guide
Get to your favorite stuff from anywhere with one push of a button. The Xbox button now takes you directly to the guide, giving you quicker access to your games and apps. To go home, just press the Xbox button and then select Home.
Introducing Mixer broadcasting, an easy and quick way to broadcast your gameplay so viewers anywhere can watch you play in real time. While you’re playing a game, just launch the guide and scroll down to Mixer broadcasting to show off your skills.
Now you can link two controllers and use them as one, with Copilot.
In Settings, go to Kinect and devices > Devices and accessories. Then select Device info > Turn on Copilot, and choose the copilot’s controller. Both controllers now control the game together.
The new achievement tracker lets you keep an eye on your favorite achievements and play at the same time. Move it anywhere on the screen, it’s your call. You also control the number of achievements shown and the transparency level – display it prominently or fade it in to the background.
Press the Xbox button and go to Achievements to turn the tracker on.
Now you can set reminders on your Xbox One so you don’t miss any gaming opportunities. Reminders show up wherever you use Cortana – PC, phone, or Xbox.
Cortana also supports more party controls. Say “Hey Cortana, invite party to game” to add partygoers without having to pause your game.
We’ve made it even easier to make game clips: just press the Xbox button . From there, your controller’s Y button grabs a screenshot, the X button saves the last 30 seconds, and the View button shows the Game DVR options you know and love, from starting a recording to saving the last 5 minutes of play.
Screen time limits
Screen time limits let you limit the hours and times of day your child can play. To turn it on, sign in at account.microsoft.com/family and click Screen time for any child account. Then turn Xbox Screen time to On, and set your child's limits for each day. Once your console has the update, it'll start enforcing those limits.
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