Xbox One System Update Improves Store, Guide, and More

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox One with 0 Comments

Xbox One System Update Improves Store, Guide, and More

Today, Microsoft is rolling out the first major Xbox One system update since the release of the August Update, which brought more Windows 10 features to the console. This update includes a number of improvements to Store, Xbox Guide and more.

Microsoft shipped the Xbox One August Update in very late July, alongside the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. That was a major update, of course, and it brought numerous improvements—most notably Windows 10 features like Cortana voice control—to the console.

Today’s update isn’t as significant as the August Update, of course, but it is bigger than the August 5 update that only included minor bug fixes and improvements. And as you might expect, it improves some issues people have been having since installing the August Update.

According to Microsoft, this new update brings the Xbox One up to OS version 10.0.14393.1040 (rs1xboxrel_1608.160816-1851) fre, which is mouthful by any definition. (Let’s call it build 14393.1040.) Looking at my own Xbox One S, I see that I am already running this release, but you can check in Settings, System, Console Info & Updates.

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This new update includes the following new or updated features:

Customize how the startup chime works. You can now customize the startup chime. To see the new options, navigate to Settings, Power & Startup, Power Mode & Startup. Available choices are On(where the startup chime plays anytime the console is powered on), Only with power button or voice (where the startup chime plays when console is powered on via the power button or voice and does not play when powered on with the controller), and Off (the startup chime never plays).

Store improvements. This build contains multiple fixes to address crashes in the Store, Microsoft says.

Sign-in fix. Microsoft resolved an issue that was preventing some users from being able to sign in.

Xbox Guide improvements. The speed of the Xbox Guide is molasses-slow, so I’m happy to see Microsoft continuing to work on this: They report that they’ve made speed and performance improvements in this build. And maybe this is just wishful thinking … but I think it’s real.

Game DVR changes. Now, you will receive a “Storage is full” notification when attempting to upload a capture to Xbox Live if your storage is full. (It’s not clear what used to happen.)

Controller fix. Microsoft resolved an issue which could cause certain games to fail to recognize the controller upon launch.

My Games & Apps fixes. Microsoft resolved issues which could cause certain apps to fail to install, an issue which could sometimes cause a black screen to appear when attempting to use the Weather app, and issues which could sometimes cause Groove Music to crash.

Localization fix. Microsoft resolved an issue which could sometimes cause the titles of universal apps (Movies & TV) to not appear in the console’s selected language.

Performance and general improvements. As always, Microsoft keeps improving performance across the board. It also made general stability improvements for games.