×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Xbox Update Adds Ability to Hand Over Game Control to Viewers

The newest update for Xbox One begins rolling out this week, Microsoft announced this week on its blog.

Over the next few days, Xbox users will receive updates to resolution, audio options, and the ability to hand over game control to a viewer through Mixer.

One of the biggest changes coming to the Xbox One X and Xbox One S is a new 1440p output resolution, offering more options for full high definition and 4K displays. Media apps, such as Netflix or Hulu, can now add 1440p support to their services on Xbox One X and Xbox One S, Microsoft added. Additionally, game developers can also update their games to support the new resolution, running at native 1440p.

All Xbox One consoles — the Xbox One, Xbox One X, and the Xbox One S — will now have an auto low-latency mode. “Auto Low-Latency Mode enables the family of Xbox One devices to notify your display when you’re playing a game, so a TV that also supports ALLM will know to switch to its low latency video mode. Many displays refer to low latency mode as ‘game mode,'” Microsoft said about the new addition.

Users can also adjust between light and dark themes for the console based on the time of day, and can personalize themes to transition automatically from dark to light based on the sunrise and set in their location.

For streamers, a new addition coming to Mixer, called “share controller,” will allow a viewer to play a multiplayer game with the streamer via a virtual controller in their web browser or a physical controller plugged into a PC. Share controller can be toggled on and off in the Broadcast & Capture section of the Xbox Guide.

Additionally, screenshots and videos captured from the Xbox can now be shared directly to Twitter. In the past, captures only showed up on Twitter as a viewable link.

The volume of streaming music from apps like Spotify and the Xbox Narrator, which reads on-screen text, can now be adjusted independently to a user’s liking. For music: “Simply navigate down to the app that is playing background music in the Guide. Press “A” to open a new flyout with additional music controls, including a new slider that will allow you to adjust the balance of background music and game audio.”

Lastly, in addition to all these new options, Microsoft will be adding some “experimental features” to a select number of Xbox consoles to gauge user interest. Microsoft did not specify what these features may be.

The Xbox One was originally released in November 2013. Micrososft has since released two updated versions: a slimmer Xbox One S, released in August 2016, and a more-powerful Xbox One X in November 2017.

More Gaming

  • Mortal Kombat

    New 'Mortal Kombat' Movie to Hit Theaters in 2021

    Warner Bros. has dated its new “Mortal Kombat” movie for March 5, 2021, with James Wan producing and Simon McQuoid directing. “Mortal Kombat” will do battle on its opening date with Sony Pictures’ fantasy adventure “Masters of the Universe,” which Noah Centineo will lead as the Most Powerful Man in the Universe. Pre-production on “Mortal [...]

  • CD Projekt Red Aims to Minimize

    CD Projekt Red Aims to Minimize Crunch for 'Cyberpunk 2077'

    Those in power at CD Projekt Red are promising less crunch on the upcoming “Cyberpunk 2077” in a recent interview with Kotaku, released Friday. Marcin Iwiński, CD Projekt Red’s co-founder, and Adam Badowski, the studio head and director of the game acknowledged that crunch, meaning mandatory overtime, is something they want to avoid while also [...]

  • E3

    Activision, EA Both Forgo E3 Show Floor Presence For 2019

    Major games publishers Activision and Electronic Arts have opted out of maintaining a booth at this year’s E3, as can be seen on the official floor plan for the upcoming event. Both Activision and Electronic Arts (EA) will still be at the event but will have meeting rooms not booths at E3, the annual event [...]

  • Full Sail to Open Largest On-Campus

    Full Sail to Open Largest On-Campus Esports Arena Next Week

    Full Sail University plans to open what it’s calling “the largest on-campus collegiate esports arena in the U.S.” next week, it announced on Friday. Dubbed “The Fortress,” the new arena will be home to Armada, Full Sail’s varsity esports team. Its official opening and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place the week of May [...]

  • 'Rick and Morty' Getting a D&D

    'Rick and Morty' Getting a D&D Tabletop Game This Fall

    “Rick and Morty” is getting the Dungeons & Dragons treatment later this year in a new tabletop adventure, Wizards of the Coast announced Friday. “Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty: Tabletop Roleplaying Game Adventure” will include everything those looking to dive into D&D will need to get started. D&D partnered up with Adult Swim [...]

  • 'Rainbow Six Siege' Teases a Stylish

    'Rainbow Six Siege' Teases a Stylish New Operator

    Ubisoft is teasing the start of “Rainbow Six Siege’s” Year 4 Season 2 by giving fans a sneak peek at some of the operators coming to the online tactical shooter. The latest teaser is for a dapper looking defender named Collinn “Warden” McKinley. “Hailing from the state of Kentucky, McKinley rose through the ranks of [...]

  • Minecon 2019 Bringing Community Panels, Biome

    Minecon 2019 Bringing Community Panels, Biome Vote in September

    Minecon is returning in September, and this year “Minecraft” fans can again watch from home, as revealed in a teaser trailer for the event released on Friday. The humorous trailer, shown above, is worth a watch, as the mobs of “Minecraft” are, well, less than interested in promoting the upcoming event. Minecon is a celebration [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content