Beginning this summer, Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10 will receive the first of two updates that will help gamers stay connected with friends on Xbox Live and enjoy more games across devices. Cortana will come to Xbox One; the Xbox and Windows Stores will start to become a unified experience across devices; Microsoft will begin to introduce PC games with Game Hubs to Xbox Live, and more.
Expected to begin rolling out this week, the summer update will be released to a limited Xbox Preview audience for Xbox One, and in the coming weeks will start to be released to the Xbox app (beta) on Windows 10.
Here are some of the features that are expected to start rolling out to Xbox One Preview this week, and to the Xbox app (beta) in the coming weeks:
Xbox app (beta) on Windows 10
- Edit and share GameDVR clips on any video editor: Create gaming montage with your favorite video editor with clips you recorded on either Xbox One or your PC. Once you?re finished editing, you?ll be able to upload the clip back to Xbox Live through the Xbox app.
- Updated GameDVR management: You can now manage your captures straight from your profile. This new destination allows you to share, start your own uploads, and see progress in the queue.
- 60 fps game clip recording with the Game bar: Using the new "Very High" video quality setting in the Xbox app, you will be able to record your game clips in up to 60 frames per second (in addition to 30 frames per second), all from the Game bar (Windows + G).
- Share to Twitter from Xbox app: In the Xbox app, you?ll be able to share game clips and screenshots from Xbox Live to Twitter through the sharing options on each capture.
- PC games show up on Xbox Live: Microsoft is bringing the top PC games like League of Legends and XCOM 2 together with the Xbox Live community. Meaning, favorite PC games will have their own Game Hubs on Xbox Live. Whether you?re on your PC, Xbox, or mobile phone, you?ll be able to see what PC games your friends are playing, share your own PC gaming clips and screenshots with the community, and message your friends on Xbox Live. On both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, you?ll also be able to party chat with your friends no matter what they?re doing.
- Xbox and Windows Store unify: Microsoft is working to combine the best of the Xbox Store and Windows Store . On Xbox One, the company has streamlined the shopping experience to help you find the games faster. You?ll be able to filter, browse and search results by genre, read reviews written by fellow gamers - including those voted "most helpful" by the Xbox Live community,recognize what titles are on sale with strikethrough pricing in lists, and more.Microsoft has also added several new channels to help you discover the content you love faster. On the Windows Store, Microsof tis adding support so gamers can browse and purchase bundles, episodic games, season passes, virtual currency and other game add-ons and DLC.
- More personal Activity Feed: Being able to choose what?s posted to your Activity Feed across Xbox One and the Xbox app has been a requested feature. With the new settings, you can now decide what will get automatically shared to your feed. You can now also craft the perfect Activity Feed posts. At the top of your Activity Feed, easily access and choose from recently unlocked achievements and captures, preview what your post would look like, and then share gaming moments.
- Cortana on Xbox One: Cortana is coming to Preview in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain first, and gamers can expect a familiar Cortana experience found on other Windows 10 devices. Cortana voice commands on Xbox One will work with both headsets and Kinect. You?ll be able to use Cortana to find new games, see what your friends are up to, start a party, accomplish common tasks, turn on your Xbox One if you?re using Kinect, and more.
- New Game Collection: Microsoft is updating the Game Collection interface to make it faster and easier to find and launch the games you?re looking for. Now you?ll be able to see more of your Game Collection, access your own 'Ready to Install' tab, and get more information about titles in your queue.