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Xbox One July Update Lands Bringing FastStart Feature For Games

Microsoft just flipped the switch to send the Xbox One July Update to customers. The July Update (version 1806) is part of the Redstone 4 development branch, which is analogous to the April 2018 Update on the Windows 10 PC side of things.

The July Update brings support for FastStart, which we first discussed last month. According to Microsoft, FastStart identifies "which files are needed to begin playing and prioritizes" those files to download from the onset. With this feature enabled, you will be able to start a game up to twice as fast after you download it. 

Microsoft is also making enhancements to Pins with a feature called Groups. Groups allows you to more easily "create collections" of your games and apps that can be synced across consoles (since they are tied to your Xbox Live account). 

UI navigation has been enhanced with the ability to invoke the search dialog (even from the Dashboard) by pressing the Y button on your controller. Full mouse and keyboard support has been enabled for PC users via the Share Controller, and multi-touch support has been enabled for touch devices. "For example, you can control the joystick and press A at the same time on your touch laptop," writes Microsoft.

Fullscreen webcam broadcasting is now enabled for mixer streamers, and Microsoft recommends the following cameras to get the best results.

  • Microsoft LifeCam Studio
  • Logitech HD Pro Webcam C922
  • Logitech Webcam C930e
  • Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

The Redstone 5 development branch, which is currently part of the Skip Ahead preview in the Xbox One alpha ring, should be released to the public this fall.

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