Xbox One‘s March update is almost upon us, folks. But first, Microsoft is rolling out the forthcoming patch to those members who have signed up to the console’s preview program.
Chief among the new-fangled features is the ability to screenshot the action on screen. It’s a function that has been teased for some time, and one that console owners have requested since day one. As a matter of fact, it’s debuting at the perfect time for Xbox One owners, as Microsoft recently bolstered the system’s Upload Studio, meaning you can now showcase your proudest achievements in style.
Now that the March patch is in the hands of the preview program, we expect Microsoft to issue a general release for Xbox One‘s monthly update in the coming days. For the comprehensive list of new additions, you can consult the update notes below.
Screenshots – While playing a game, you can now take screenshots on your Xbox One console by simply double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller to capture a screenshot and pressing Y to save the screenshot. If your Xbox One is equipped with a Kinect, you can also say “Xbox Take a Screenshot” to take and save a screenshot
Upload App – The Upload app is being updated so that you can manage your screenshots in addition to your game clips. You can use a screenshot as your background, by viewing the screenshot in full-screen mode from the Upload app, then, press the Menu button and select Set as background
Suggested friends – With the suggested friends feature, the Friends area in home and your friends list will help you find and add friends. Suggested friends will include people you might know, so you add more friends to game with, and top community broadcasters and clip creators, so you can get more great content in your activity feed
Sharing your name – We’re rolling out two new ways to share your real name; with all of your friends or to everyone in the Xbox Live community. You can also continue to share your real name with select friends, or with no one, if that’s what you prefer. Gamertags are still the primary method of identifying yourself on Xbox Live, but sharing your real name helps people recognize you who might not know you by your gamertag
Tile transparency – We continue to listen to your feedback and are adding a setting to enable you to vary the level of transparency for your background images. Go to Settings -> My Xbox -> Tile transparency
Privacy & online safety settings – We added a new setting for sharing voice search data to create an option for users to allow collection and analysis of voice data when they use Xbox – Bing to search
Report spam – The Messages app has an added option to allow you to notify Xbox when you receive spam. You can now select a specific message, press the A button and then select Report -> Spam to report a specific message as spam
OneGuide for Australia – Support for OneGuide will continue in preview in Australia for free-to-air TV listings
Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Australia – Xbox One owners in Australia with an Xbox Digital TV Tuner can now use it with the preview builds of this month’s release