Microsoft has rolled out a fresh system update for its Xbox console family, now available for users to download.
Regular updates are a common practice among console manufacturers, aiming to rectify issues, introduce new features, and enhance the overall user experience.
The Nature of the Update
Updates for the Xbox console can range from significant changes, such as dashboard alterations or new quality-of-life features, to minor tweaks that may need to be noticed by many gamers.
The latest update, unfortunately for those anticipating a game-changing shift, falls into the latter category.
The primary focus of the new Xbox console update is on “general stability and performance improvements.” The patch notes also highlight some known issues currently affecting Xbox consoles.
For instance, there have been reports of “intermittent audio issues” in the dashboard when launching games or apps. Microsoft encourages players to report such issues, with a simple console reboot suggested as a temporary solution.
Another problem involves consoles not displaying at the correct resolution upon startup. Again, players are urged to report such issues, with a restart through the Power menu suggested as a workaround.
Future Updates and Insider Access
Future Xbox system updates are expected to bring more significant changes to Microsoft’s range of consoles. For a sneak peek at what’s to come, users can sign up for the Xbox Insiders program. This gives them the opportunity to test new updates before they’re released to the general public, offering first-hand experience with any new features that the Xbox developers introduce.
However, not all new features are universally welcomed. For example, Microsoft recently announced plans to enable users to record in-game voice chat for moderation. While some see this as a positive step towards combating online game toxicity, others express privacy concerns. Regardless, this voice chat feature will be initially available to Xbox Insiders before being rolled out to all users in a system update.
While awaiting further details on the voice chat recording feature, Xbox gamers can download the July 2023 system update now and benefit from its “general stability and performance improvements.”
Hopefully, we’re going to see something new (not just updates) with XBOX this year, as they might confirm rumors about a new controller and headset from them.