The list below shows the Xbox One operating system version number and what features were added or updated based on the system updates in 2018.
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.
Improved the responsiveness of mouse performance to reduce lag.
Improved system performance.
My games and apps
Mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One
Developers now have the option to include mouse and keyboard input in their Xbox One games.
Fortnite and Warframe lead the way with the November update, with Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Vermintide 2, War Thunder and X-Morph Defense adding support later in November.
Xbox skill improvements for Cortana and Alexa
The Xbox skill for Cortana and Alexa launched last month in the U.S., and with the November release we have the first set of updates.
Amazon Music app comes to Xbox One
Amazon Music is launching a brand-new app for Xbox One in the U.S. The Amazon Music app for Xbox lets Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers stream more than 50 million songs and thousands of playlists and stations through their Xbox One family of devices. Prime members can also use the app to stream more than two million songs and hundreds of playlists and stations at no additional cost to their membership with Prime Music.
Search on Home now includes results from Xbox Assist and games you have “Ready to Install” or currently own as part of your memberships, including Xbox Game Pass, EA Access, and more.
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.
Share your captures to Twitter
Besides sharing your game clips and screenshots to Xbox Live and OneDrive, you can now upload captures straight to Twitter. This means your game highlights will play right in your Twitter feed and appear in your Twitter media. Edit your caption, add hashtags (or edit the supplied hashtags—game title and #XboxShare), and you’ll be tweeting your exploits right from your Xbox.
Tournaments open up
Tournaments are now open to everyone, even if you’re not a club member. To join or create a tournament, press the Xbox button to open the guide, select Multiplayer > Tournaments, and then choose one of the tournament options.
Put your themes on a schedule
Now you can switch between light and dark themes based on time of day, even sunrise and sunset in your location. We’ve also introduced a new high-contrast option for light theme, which makes screen elements easier to see.
Enhancements to Narrator
Narrator volume controls are now independent from system audio volume. We’ve also added an input learning mode, so that every key you press on a connected input device says the name of the key and the function it performs.
The Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox One has been given a more modern look and feel and better controller navigation. Improvements to favorites and history make it easy to get back to your favorite sites. We’ve also added support for downloading and uploading pictures, music, and videos from Microsoft Edge on the console; your downloaded content can then be accessed with the File Explorer app.
More immersive audio
If you like to groove to your own music while playing your favorite games, we have good news for you! You now have an option to balance game audio against background music in the guide. Turn down the game volume, crank up the music volume, and rock on. The system sounds on Home and in the guide have also been completely revamped to support spatial audio, so the audio cues from your surround sound system match the actions you see on the screen.
Advanced filtering for club owners
Club admins can now filter invitation requests based on various criteria such as reputation, gamerscore, and recommendations from existing club members.
Smarter club feeds
Use the What’s hot filter to see trending content that’s popular among the people and games you follow. Filtering by Top posts will show you the most popular posts in a given period. You can also disable comments on your feed posts across clubs, game hubs, and community.
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.
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