The Xbox Summer Update Starts Rolling Out Today

The latest system update for Xbox One and the Xbox app starts rolling out today, continuing our commitment to give gamers more choice in how and where they play. Cortana is now on Xbox One, Background Music will be available through music apps like Pandora, we’re bringing the most played PC games to Xbox Live with their own Game Hubs and we’re starting to combine the best of the Xbox Store and Windows Store for a single cohesive experience across devices. And of course, these updates will be available on the new, highly-anticipated, Xbox One S when the 2TB launch edition becomes available on August 2 for $399.

New OS version: 10.0.14393.1018 (rs1_xbox_rel_1608.160725-1822)

Nearly all of the features that were included in Preview in early June are part of today’s update, and there have also been a few additions since then such as Language Region Independence for Xbox One Here are some of the highlights of the newest features on Xbox One

Background Music

Music apps will now be able to play music in the background. In an app that supports background music, just start some music. You’ll be able to switch to other apps and games while the music plays.
After starting your music: To play, pause, skip, and adjust music volume from anywhere, double-tap the Xbox button to open the guide, choose Multitasking, then select your music controls.
The app must support background music. An updated Pandora app in the U.S. is the first app to support background music—and more are coming soon.

Cortana on Xbox One

Available in the U.S. and UK

Talk to Cortana on your Xbox One with your headset or Kinect. To start, just say “Hey Cortana” or launch the Cortana app. If you’re not sure what to say, try “Hey Cortana, what can I say?”
If you’re using Kinect, turn on your console by saying, “Hey Cortana, Xbox on.”

Improved Game Collection

Your stuff is closer. From Home, move right and select My games & apps.
In My games & apps, there are new sorting options.
“Ready to Install” has its own area, so you can quickly find the games and apps you’ve purchased but haven’t installed.
Game and app updates will show up in their own area, when available.
The queue area now tells you what’s been recently installed in addition to what’s in your queue.

Xbox and Windows Store convergence

Xbox Store and the Windows Store have come together, making the shopping experience more streamlined. From Home, move right to Store to start browsing all content.
Preorders now get charged closer to game launch instead of at time of purchase.
Customers in the U.S., Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Germany, and Finland can now use mobile operator billing to make purchases. Customers in China can now use China Union Pay.

Language Region Independence

You can now choose your location separately from your system language. To change your language and location, double-tap the Xbox button to open the guide, select Settings > All settings, then choose System > Language & location.
All languages aren’t available for all locations. When you choose a language that isn’t usually associated with your location, most of the system will be in your chosen language, but you may see a mix of languages in areas like Store or online content.

Are you excited about new the features? Let me know on the comments bellow and don’t forget to update your console as soon as possible to enjoy the newest features (And bugs) of the new Xbox OS with Windows 10 Service Pack 2 or Summer Update as Microsoft calls it.

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