Xbox consoles – from Day One Xbox One to Series X – are get a new software update that adds some features and removes others. The Xbox Accessories app for PC as well as new and old consoles will receive a patch that adds compatibility with Microsoft’s new Xbox wireless headset, so gamers can access all available audio controls and even the brightness of its lights.
One feature that is disappearing is the Live show listings in OneGuide which has been part of the Xbox One since its launch. Microsoft’s aspirations to control TV through the Xbox One’s HDMI relay haven’t worked, and live TV isn’t as important as it once was, so this feature will join Windows Media Center and WebTV in the great beyond. The OneGuide itself will stick around to watch TV through the HDMI input or the additional tuner, but without the schedules of what’s being broadcast where.
However, the big addition that concerns current players is a new set of switches for backward compatible titles. They will allow gamers to turn Auto HDR and FPS Boost on or off per game so they only have them when there is actually an edge and they don’t negatively affect the experience. Auto HDR is quite easy to understand, but can be more complicated than its value, while FPS boost may increase the framerate to 30, 60 or even 120 fps on some games.
Small tweaks include the return of achievements to the Xbox mobile app and improvements to “My Games & Apps” that more clearly explain what parts to install if you don’t want to install all possible items for a particular title.