Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Xbox One July Update Out Now, Adds FastStart And Groups

Xbox One July Update Out Now, Adds FastStart And Groups

This system, which was unveiled at E3 2018, targets the most important files needed to begin playing and downloads those first, which should allow players to hop into games they are downloading twice as fast. This update was previously tested with Xbox Insiders last month and comes with FastStart on select games, the Groups feature in Games and Apps, and more.

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Microsoft says this new feature will get you into your game in half the time it would normally take, which should be great news for impatient gamers. "Groups" as they're called, can be added within My Games & Apps. The update will include "FastStart", which is a feature created to address one of the biggest frustrations of modern gaming: Being forced to wait for your titles to download before you can play them.

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The update also includes the option to press Y anywhere in the dashboard to bring up the search, and some improvements to Mixer. Users can also tinker with them in a number of ways, including adding custom names to each Group and adding individual Groups to Home. Best of all, Groups are tied to your Xbox Live account, so they will automatically sync across multiple Xbox One consoles. There are some Mixer improvements, like making it easier to use Share Controller from the web and multi-touch support. Whereas Fortnite has you building structures and placing traps, The Darwin Project gives you the task of constructing weapons, traps, and other survival equipment in order to get the upper hand on your opponents.

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Today we're having a peek at the insides of the July Xbox Update, and what it means to partake in its greatness. Again, according to the FAQ, ready to start "is a feature that requires publisher work and may be an inconsistent experience from game to game", which the company is trying to avoid with FastStart.

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