Microsoft Ships First Xbox One Creators Update Build to Some Insiders

Microsoft announced today that the first wave of Xbox Insider Program members are gaining access to a pre-release version of the Creators Update. This update focuses on performance, people, competition and streaming, Microsoft tells me.

“Starting today, several new Xbox One features that are part of the Creators Update begin rolling out to select Xbox Insider Program members,” a Microsoft representative told me. “These are the first of many features that will enhance your gaming experience and provide more accessibility options on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices. We’ll have a handful of these updates over the coming weeks, and we’ll bring these to more Insiders over time, too.”

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Read that carefully and you’ll discover the following:

This isn’t the full Creators Update. More Creators Update features will ship in further updates to Insiders in the coming weeks and then presumably to the general public.

Not everyone is getting it now. If you are on the Xbox Insider Program, you probably still aren’t getting this update yet as it’s only gone out to a limited set of testers. More Insiders will be added over time, as noted.

So. What’s new?

Microsoft Ships First Xbox One Creators Update Build to Some Insiders

Updated Dashboard. The Xbox One Dashboard is being overhauled yet again, with the aim of making it simpler and faster. The Home view is being updated to surface more information about the games you are playing and care about, and Dashboard will automatically supply hero art for your current game as the background image if you didn’t configure something else.

Improved Xbox Guide. The Xbox Guide is now accessed with one press of the Xbox button on your controller (instead of two, as before), so it works more quickly and reliably. But it’s also been overhauled with a new Start page.

Improved multitasking. The ability to do multiple things at once is one of Xbox One’s key features, and it’s getting better with the Creators Update. Among the new features in that improved Guide is quicker access to multiplayer functionality such as Game DVR, an achievement tracker, and Beam broadcasting. (The latter is coming to Insiders in “the next few weeks.”)

Cortana improvements. Largely ignored because saying “Hey, Cortana” is harder and more tedious than saying “Xbox,” Cortana is nonetheless being updated to support reminders and alarms. And unknown gaming experiences for Cortana, and continued performance and reliability updates are coming soon too.

System update improvements. The interface for system updates is being simplified to help gamers keep up-to-date no matter which power management scheme they choose. (Remember that those who configure Instant-on will get updates silently in the background.)

Accessibility improvements. New accessibility options includes a Copilot feature that allows two controllers to act as if they were one, enhancements to Magnifier and Narrator, and more options for controlling audio output and custom rumble settings on a controller.

Audio/video improvements. Developers now have access to Dolby Atmos for Home Theater, Dolby Atmos for Headphones and Windows HRTF support for streaming media apps and games. And the Blu-ray disc player on Xbox One now supports a beta of bitstream passthrough, which allows your receiver to decode audio natively. All bitstream formats are supported, including newer ones like Dolby Atmos, Microsoft says.

More soon. More updates, including Beam, Windows Game Mode, Arena, updates to Cortana and more are coming soon, Microsoft says.


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  • 195

    Premium Member
    23 January, 2017 - 4:23 pm

    <p>I still don’t really see why they trickle the updates out to "insiders" – create rings equivalent to the Windows Insider Program so people who want to test it can do so!</p>

  • 1243

    23 January, 2017 - 4:49 pm

    <p>They have come a long way from the barren, live tile interface from 2013. It still feels way too cluttered for me, though. I personally don’t care about clubs or what’s trending, etc. It’d be nice to customize the UI.</p>

  • 8179

    23 January, 2017 - 5:00 pm

    <p>Why not the ability to remove the Guide completely? Surely removing that for people who never use it would, if anything, improve performance as it’s not always sitting in the background just waiting….</p>

  • 2233

    Premium Member
    23 January, 2017 - 5:31 pm

    <p>How do you get on the XBox insiders ring? &nbsp;I’d be interested in that.</p>

    • 442

      24 January, 2017 - 7:56 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#38417">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/ChristopherCollins">ChristopherCollins</a><a href="#38417">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>You have to be invited by a current member.&nbsp; Kind of a pain.&nbsp; You might find a thread on a forum somewhere that a member is being generous.&nbsp; I’m not currently a member, so I can’t help beyond that.&nbsp; Sorry.</p>

      • 3180

        24 January, 2017 - 3:39 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#38479">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/Narg">Narg</a><a href="#38479">:</a></em></blockquote>
        <p>Actually, it’s my understanding that they’ve ended the invite requirement.&nbsp; Now you can just install the Xbox Insider Hub&nbsp;app and chose to enroll your console from there.&nbsp;</p>

        • 2233

          Premium Member
          25 January, 2017 - 10:18 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#38592">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/daveevad">daveevad</a><a href="#38592">:</a></em></blockquote>
          <blockquote><em>Thanks… I will try that.</em></blockquote>

      • 2233

        Premium Member
        25 January, 2017 - 10:17 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#38479">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/Narg">Narg</a><a href="#38479">:</a></em></blockquote>
        <p>Thank you.</p>

  • 2316

    23 January, 2017 - 5:43 pm

    <p>With this release, I’d love for MS to get more Creative at bribing…encouraging app makers to bother about their platform, so we don’t have a new Windows Phone situation down the road. On this side of the pond, you still&nbsp;can’t get HBO for XB1. For PS3, PS4, AppleTV, Chromecast, a plethora of&nbsp;smart TVs, but not Xbox. Sad.</p>

  • 5767

    24 January, 2017 - 12:57 am

    <p>Can someone explain why MS doesn’t hire some UX designers to fix this awful interface? Why are there 2 navbars – vertical &amp; horizontal? Why not just have the vertical icons, make it wider and put text beneath the icons so that people don’t have to guess what the hell they are. Yeah I would eliminate the top "Home/Community/Store" in favor of putting it all on the side.</p>

  • 5027

    24 January, 2017 - 1:05 am

    <p>I’m one of the lucky ones that got this new update … so far seems a lot faster, but do not like what they did with the home screen so far ….will have to test more though..</p>
    <p>Update: I’ retract the "lucky ones" part… &nbsp;they have removed snapping..completely ..they have messed up and basically removed Achievements (the achievement app) The big preview windows on the home screen is just gone.. completely .. &nbsp;is it faster? no not really. &nbsp;It now takes 3 clicks, using 2 different buttons to get to ‘Home’&nbsp;</p>
    <p>Xbox button, A then A again. &nbsp; Dubble click on Xbox button does nothing at all.</p>
    <p>It is a mess … a complete mess in my opinion.&nbsp;</p>
    <p>Basically everything I use every single day regarding the UI is just gone.</p>
    <p>You still can’t Pin ‘My Games &amp; Apps’, and it still takes ages (several minutes) to load a list of games if you have a lot of them . I have 68 games installed, and 134 games ‘Ready to install’ &nbsp;.. Games to install takes 2 – 3 minutes to load .. at least.. &nbsp;just like before. &nbsp;</p>
    <p>I do like the design of the Guide…but they have removed way to many features from it .. like Snapping!!</p>
    <p>I have to look more at it, but so far basically every change they made I have seen so far is for the worse and make thing much more cumbersum to do.&nbsp;</p>

  • 5027

    24 January, 2017 - 1:57 am

    <p>Multitasking is NOT simplified at all…. it is actually almost impossible to do now, at least that is my experience so far.</p>

  • 3009

    24 January, 2017 - 5:48 am

    <blockquote><em><a href="#38408">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/BenIsaacs">BenIsaacs</a><a href="#38408">:</a></em></blockquote>
    <p>Xbox Insiders is run with 4 rings:</p>
    <p>Ring 3</p>
    <p>Ring 4</p>

  • 442

    24 January, 2017 - 7:55 am

    <p>Looking forward to seeing better updating methods.&nbsp; The current "automatic" updates really never worked well for me.&nbsp; I get tired of waiting for games to update before playing them.</p>

  • 442

    24 January, 2017 - 8:00 am

    <p>This is not good:&nbsp;</p&gt;
    <p>So now it’s harder to navigate?&nbsp; What were they thinking?</p>

  • 1829

    24 January, 2017 - 8:46 am

    <p>I like the update. It’s definitely faster. It’s some getting used to but nothing that is not welcomed.</p>

  • 456

    26 January, 2017 - 3:36 pm

    <p>hate, hate, hate, hearing they are ditching snapping…. I have a hockey game or something snapped 90% of the time…..&nbsp; helps kill time for long load times!</p>

  • 5802

    26 January, 2017 - 3:42 pm

    <p>Is the updated bitstream passthrough for all Xbox models or just the S? I’d love to see the blue light (signifying DTS-HD or Dolby&nbsp;TrueHD)&nbsp;on my Denon AVR light up again.</p>

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