The Xbox One Spring update is almost upon us and will be rolling out to Alpha Ring Xbox Insiders today. The rest of the Xbox community will need to wait a little while longer before getting the update, but there is a variety of new features that Microsoft will be implementing on Xbox One consoles to look forward to this spring.
First up, the Spring update will allow the Xbox One X and Xbox One S to support 1440p for both games and media. This resolution is often used by PC gamers, as it allows over a million and a half more pixels than 1080p. For gamers with 4k displays, this resolution will fill the gap between full HD and 4k resolution.
For streamers, Mixer will have a new interactivity option that allows the streamer to share their controller inputs with viewer on Mixer.com. Some streamers use controller input overlays for speed runs and fighting games to show off the precise button inputs required to complete specific actions. In addition to the share controller feature, Mixer will no longer close when gamers switch between apps and games.
Other smaller changes in the update include a browser update that will allow gamers to download and upload pictures, music, and videos from Microsoft Edge onto the console. Within the Guide app, gamers will have the option to balance game audio against background music and club administrators will finally be able to filter invitation requests based on different criteria, such as reputation, Gamerscore, and recommendations from existing club members. Additionally, gamers will be able to sort their club feeds to show “what’s hot” and “top posts,” and tournaments will be available directly in Game Hubs.
Gamers will be happy to know that the Spring update will not change the layout of the entire Xbox One dashboard like the 2017 Autumn update did, which was an improvement but certainly took a while to get used to. This Spring update adds useful features to the console, though, and users should look forward to experiencing all the new Xbox One features very soon.
The free Games with Gold for March are currently available to download for all Xbox Gold members.