Hello Xbox Insiders, it's time to update your console to welcome the Xbox Spring Update. A few things to be on the look out for:
Support for 1440p video output for Xbox One X & Xbox One S
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This update is intended to bridge the gap between 1080p and full 4K. What this means essentially is that Xbox One X enhanced games and high resolution video content should look sharper and crisper on a 1080p, 1440p, or 4K display.
AMD Freesync and Variable Refresh
Refresh rates for screens vary and the Xbox console has no way to detect your refresh rate so with FreeSync and Variable Refresh Rate support, your console can adapt the refresh rate of your display to that of the outputted content. Technically this should reduce screen tearing and stuttering. However, keep in mind that to take advantage of VRR, you'll need a display that supports Freesync2 (for Xbox One X and Xbox One S) and Freesync (for the original Xbox One).
Digital Foundry explains FreeSync and VRR
Introduction of Auto Low Latency Mode for Xbox One
Microsoft says "ALLM is supposed to recognize when a game is being played and automatically switch your TV to a low-latency mode." ALLM and HDMI 2.1 go hand in hand so this feature is limited to the number of displays under the HDMI 2.1. Implementing this feature into the console future proofs the Xbox console for when HDMI 2.1 becomes the new standard.
Improving streamer-audience relationships with Mixer Controller Sharing
Upgrading Mixer even further, controller sharing allows streamers to digitally pass the controller to their viewers. Once the streamer hands the controls over, a viewer can then help control the game with either a virtual controller or a physical controller connected to their PC. This creates an environment of either legendary gameplay or amusing obstacles for the streamer.
Microsoft Edge gets the look and feel of the Windows 10 version of the browser. You can also download and upload files.
Games with Gold gets its own tab so you can see what games you've downloaded and jump in without scrolling through your games library.
EA Access gets its own tab too so you can browse the game titles currently on offer.
Filters are introducted to the Xbox Clubs feed so you can see "what's hot" and "top posts".
Club Invitation Filters has also been introduced to ease club invitation management for club administrators.
Tournaments are now open to everyone so you don't have to be a member of a club to participate. They are also directly tied to the Game Hub.
These updates will soon roll out to all Xbox owners. In the mean time, are you an Xbox Insider or an Xbox owner, what features are you most excited about?