Microsoft Details Improvements Coming in Xbox System Update 1905

Posted on April 25, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox, Xbox One with 3 Comments

Microsoft is rolling out the first set of updates it expects to deliver in Xbox One System Update version 1905 to Insiders. These and more 1905 features will head out to all Xbox One users in May.

“We have a new update for Insiders to try out as the first set of 1905 features begins rolling out to the Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha rings tomorrow including a new feature for Xbox Game Pass, friends list updates and improvements to messaging,” Microsoft’s Bradley Rossetti announces.

Here’s what’s coming.

Play later. This new feature allows Xbox Game Pass subscribers to make a list of games that they wish to play in the future. This list can be managed on your Xbox or Game Pass mobile app.

Where your friends are playing. Your friends list will now show you where you friends are playing, meaning Xbox, PC, or mobile, using new icons.

Message requests. A new message requests feature in Xbox Messages prioritizes messages from your friends and anyone else you explicitly want to communicate. Messages from people you don’t know are separated into a message requests tab. So sort of like Focused Inbox in Outlook then.

Better sorting in My games & apps. The My games & apps screen no longer sorts on titles that start with “a,” “an,” or “the,” in the “Sort A-Z” and “Group by letter” views. (So, “The Witcher” will now fall under “w” and not “t” as God intended.)

In addition to these features, some Insiders may see some experiments that Microsoft is working on too. “These are designed to gauge interest and solicit feedback from a more focused group,” Microsoft explains.

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