Microsoft Details New Features Coming to Xbox in February

Posted on January 30, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox One with 4 Comments

Xbox Insiders are now testing several new features that Microsoft will bring to all Xbox One owners starting in February with what it’s calling the “2002 update” (as in February 2020).

“As we enter a new year, the Xbox team has been hard at work conceptualizing and testing new features based on your valuable feedback,” Microsoft’s Bradley Rossetti writes. “Starting last week, Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha rings began to see a few new features we’ve been working on light up across their Xbox One consoles, with additional experiences set to roll out over this week to all our Insiders.”

Here’s what you can expect.

Simplified Home. Microsoft is rolling out yet another “new, streamlined Xbox One Home interface” that it says will “feel more responsive, keep your favorite content front and center, and get you into your gaming experiences faster than ever.” Sound familiar? It should: This is at least the 10th time they’ve done something like this. This time around, they’ve removed the Twists from the top of the display and have added dedicated rows for Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community, and the Microsoft Store, and you can add and remove rows to customize the experience.

Updated My Games & Apps. The 2002 update will provide more ways to keep the My Games & Apps screen organized. This includes content grouping for easier navigation, labels for trials and demos, and a streamlined settings experience.

Images come to Conversations. Microsoft will allow users to view images and animated GIFs in messaging conversations with their Xbox Live friends. Images sent from the Xbox mobile app on Android, iOS, or Windows 10 will also display on the console, which will also provide a full-screen display of images too.

View and install individual games in Xbox Game Pass game bundles. Those with Xbox Game Pass will be able to control which games to install that come in game bundles made available through the subscription.

Notification improvements. You will be able to configure where notifications appear on-screen in Settings > Preferences > Notifications > Default notification position. You can choose between six different locations.

Mixer viewing improvements. You will have the option to switch your chat mode to “classic chat,” which displays chat messages in their own dedicated space beside the stream video, and will be able to manually select the video resolution at which you want to watch content.

Storage management improvements. A new “Move” option for users with external storage will let you move or remove items to free up the needed space as desired.

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