Microsoft has unveiled its latest Xbox update for September, introducing a range of new features and improvements. The update focuses on enhancing user experience, promoting safety, and integrating popular community requests.
One of the most anticipated features of this update is the ability to stream Xbox gameplay directly to Discord friends. As highlighted in the official announcement by Kristen Mann, Principal Group Product Manager at Xbox Experiences, users can now easily share their gameplay with Discord friends by selecting the “Stream your game” option.
The streaming quality is currently limited to 720p at 30fps, but Discord says that it plans to increase the quality in the future. The ability to stream Xbox games to Discord is a major step forward for both platforms.
This feature is especially timely, given the release of the much-anticipated game, Starfield. “This feature is out just in time for Starfield! Share as you make your custom character, uncover new planets, build some amazing ships, and discover all there is in Bethesda's amazing new universe,” Mann stated.
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Enhancements
The update also brings improvements to the Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for Xbox Series X|S consoles. VRR allows for a smoother gaming experience by adjusting the refresh rate based on the frame rate of the content. Users now have the flexibility to choose how they want VRR enabled, with options including “Always On,” “Gaming Only,” or “Off.”
Enhanced Rewards System
A new Rewards tab has been introduced, making it easier for users to view and redeem their rewards. This includes Xbox Game Pass Quests and other reward opportunities. Additionally, the wish list feature has been updated to provide notifications when games transition from pre-order to release or when they become available on Game Pass.
Voice Reporting for Safer Gaming
Promoting a safer gaming environment, Xbox has rolled out a voice reporting feature. This allows players to capture 60-second clips of inappropriate in-game voice chats and submit them for review by the Xbox Safety Team. Initially, this feature will be available in select English-language markets, including the U.S., UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Easier Accessory Pairing and PC Gaming Updates
Pairing new accessories to the Xbox console has been simplified. Users can now initiate the pairing process directly from the Xbox Accessories app without physically pressing the Xbox console's Pair button. Additionally, the Xbox app on PC has received updates to improve performance, navigation, and game tracking.