Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

July Xbox Update Brings Game Groups and FastStart

July Xbox Update Brings Game Groups and FastStart

Microsoft is rolling out an update for Xbox users that includes a feature called FastStart, which is created to get users playing games more quickly once they buy them - up to two times as fast as they have been up to this point. FastStart prioritizes the files in games which need to be downloaded first, Microsoft says you can expect for FastStart to expand to more games in more languages over the next few months. Check your in-game inventory and you'll see a lovely Founder's Pack chock-full of cosmetic items: two legendary sets each containing shirt, pants, armor, helmet, and boots, three legendary axes, three legendary bows, a full jumpsuit collection, and 10 fan gifts to further stock up your dressing room with a variety of styles for your clothes and weapons. The update introduces FastStart, a new tech that will let you start playing new games quickly. It's now in Xbox Game Preview with an official launch coming later, and this Xbox One version has brought a few updates with it.

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According to the FastStart FAQ, the download times (at least until the playable threshold) for games with the feature enabled are about half of what they would be normally.

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Case in point: Darwin Project, a battle royale title that's been in limited Early Access on Steam and Xbox One for some time, has now launched on the latter as a free to play game, available to all players from today. Best of all, Groups are tied to your Xbox Live account, so they will automatically sync across multiple Xbox One consoles. You can now press the Y button anywhere on the dashboard to bring up the search box and look for Settings, Games, or products in the store.

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With the July Update, Microsoft is making it easier to search on your Xbox. This update also brings "stability improvements" come in many forms, but Microsoft notes specifically that broadcasting bandwidth-heavy multiplayer gaming should improve. Mixer can now work with full screen broadcasting for webcams - JOY.

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