New Xbox One System Software Update in Preview Adds Account Controller Linking and More

Microsoft gives a glimpse on the Xbox One system software update for June, for now exclusive to alpha and beta preview members.

on June 1, 2017 6:19 PM

Today Microsoft released a new preview beta of for the Xbox One system software, giving the first glimpse on the June update.

The update is now available only to preview members in the alpha and beta groups, and is numbered 1706.170526-2218.

Among other things, it brings the ability to link a specific account to a controller, letting users log in wit the press of a button.

Below you can read the full patch notes, courtesy of the private preview forums.

DETAILS
OS version released: rs2_release_xbox_1706.170526-2218

Available: 6:00PM PDT 6/1 (1:00AM GMT 2/6)

NEW FEATURES:

Welcome to 1706 on Xbox One! This month we’re rolling out more fan-requested improvements, new features for Mixer, and much more!

NOTE: Not all planned features for the 1706 update are available at this time.

Profile

When a signed out user is selected in the Guide, the e-mail address associated with their account will now display under their profile. When the user is signed in, their account will also display under their profile on Home. This feature is enabled by default for adult accounts, and disabled for child accounts. Adult accounts can disable this feature by navigating to Settings > Account > Sign-in, security & passkey.

Co-streaming

You can now invite a friend to combine their game broadcast with yours! Sign in with an account that has an Xbox Live Gold subscription and invite a friend to your party. Once you’ve begun broadcasting your game from the Guide, you’ll be able to select “Invite party to co-stream” from the Party tab. Co-streaming is currently available only to Alpha Insiders, so we’d suggest using the Insider forums to sync up with other Alpha Insiders to test out this feature.

Learn more about co-streaming and other features new to Mixer here, and be sure to complete the “Invite to Co-Stream” Quest and Survey in the Xbox Insiders Hub to provide your feedback!

Controller Linking

Signing into your Xbox account can now be done with a click of the Xbox button thanks to the new controller linking feature! You can now link an account to a specific controller by opening the Guide, navigating to Settings > Account > Sign-in, security & passkey and selecting the “This controller signs in…” option followed by “Link controller.” From there, test the feature out for yourself by signing out of your account and then turning your controller off and then back on.

Find more detailed steps and provide your thoughts on this feature by accepting the “Link Your Controller” Quest in the Xbox Insider Hub!

FIXES:

Windows Sonic

Fixed an issue which could cause distorted sounds and audio glitches when Windows Sonic is enabled.

Skype UWP

Fixed issues which could sometimes cause the Skype UWP to crash during use.

Mixer

Fixed an issue which sometimes caused the virtual keyboard to lose focus (preventing text from being entered).

KNOWN ISSUES:

Party Chat

When initiating a party chat session, the “Connecting” icon may never disappear and the party will fail to connect.

Workaround: Create a new party and invite party members.

Audio

When using Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos for headphones, you may hear static in the audio. This issue is being investigated by the development team.

Games & Apps

Game and app tiles may sometimes not be visible in Games & Apps.

Mixer

• After dismissing the virtual keyboard, attempting to relaunch the virtual keyboard may fail.

• When switching games while broadcasting with Mixer, the stream freezes and doesn’t allow the user to close or restart the broadcast.

Workaround: Restart the console.

Incidentally, co-streaming was announced a few days ago with the name change of former streaming platform Beam into Mixer. Microsoft has released some funny ads in the meanwhile, and you can check them out here and here.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.