During Microsoft’s 2018 E3 conference they announced a new system improvement called FastStart. Today, that new feature is available for all Xbox One users. This update also has a few changes to Mixer, along with other another new feature and other adjustments.
FastStart Enabled for Select Titles
This is the new feature shown during Microsoft’s E3. It allows Xbox One players to load up certain titles twice as fast. Play a downloading game with just a fraction of it complete. FastStart targets what files are needed to play a title and downloads those first, so you can play while the rest finishes in the background. Just find the title you want to play in the FastStart catalog and hit “Download”. Select English language titles in the Xbox Game Pass list will now be enabled with FastStart. Microsoft did say they plan on expanded to more games and languages.
Group Your Games and Apps
Xbox fans have been asking for better organization for their games and apps for some time. Today, there’s a new enhancement to Pins, called Groups. This allows players to create multiple collections of content made up of anything from My Games & Apps. You can assign custom names to each Group, organize and order them, and add individual Groups to Home. Groups are tied to you Xbox Live account, so they’ll sync across multiple Xbox One consoles.
More Search Options
Searching has become a lot faster and easier. Now pressing the Y button anywhere in the dashboard brings up the search dialog. This allows you to launch you content, look through settings and find products in the store. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Hit enter or click the “more results” button to view a full page of results.
Mixer Share Controller Improvements
Microsoft has enabled full mouse and keyboard support for PC users, along with Share Controller Key Bindings.
They’ve also added multi-touch support for touch-enabled devices, allowing multiple controllers to be used at the same time.
Lastly, a per-channel leaderboard has been added, which spotlights viewers that contributed to a streamer’s channel the most during a Share Controller session.
Full Screen Broadcasting on Mixer
Mixer Streamers can now go full screen while broadcasting and you can switch to it anytime you want. While in this mode, game audio is muted, making it easy to talk to your viewers while switching from game to game or setting up before you start to play.
Microsoft also suggested the best cameras to use:
- Microsoft LifeCam Studio
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C922
- Logitech Webcam C930e
- Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Console Broadcasting and Stability Improvements
A number of adjustments and fixes have been made to improve overall broadcast quality. You should now see improvement when broadcasting bandwidth-heavy multiplayer.