NEED TO KNOW: MICROSOFT CREATORS UPDATE
Microsoft’s new Creators update will make your Xbox One faster, friendlier and even dreamier for streamers
1 there’s a new Guide and its all about speed
Hurry up! We want it now, dammit! Yes, your Xbox One will soon get a new, swifter Guide as part of the Creators update. A swift jab of the Xbox button on your controller brings up said shiny interface, which will appear on the left side of your screen. Tweaked, more streamlined apps will now live here. The new Guide gives you direct access to your Game DVR clips, and Microsoft promises that cutting videos and viewing captures will be quicker. That’s not the new Guide’s only party trick: a fresh Achievement tracking overlay is also set to debut. Oh, and Microsoft says updated versions of Gamerscore leaderboards, Cortana and options to control your background music will feature in the latest Guide, too.
2 you can stream with Beam in supreme style
What’s that, you say? Twitch? Never heard of it. When it comes to the Creators update, Microsoft wants you to give its new streaming service a try. Called Beam, it connects to your Xbox Live account, then lets you stream your favourite games in an instant. Now the whole world will see that time you totally, definitely, unquestionably took out six players with a single plasma grenade in Halo 5: Guardians. Beam looks to be fairly idiot-proof – a single button press brings it up once you’re in the new Guide. No additional software is needed for it to work, and other players will be able to easily interact with your streams and broadcasts.
3 it’s easier to keep in touch with friends
Because we all know the Xbox pals who stay together… um, slay together? Anyhoo, the Creators update has its sights set on making it simpler for you to find, stay in touch with and share your gaming moments with friends through Xbox Live. The official Xbox Newswire promises it will be “easier to connect with people you care about on other social networks”. Translation: it should be simpler to communicate through Twitter and Facebook. The Activity Feed is also getting a makeover, and Microsoft says new updates make it easier to connect and share with friends – this includes the ability to share Looking For Group posts in your feed. Finally, Clubs are being improved to make it easier to find new players. Talk about one big happy Xbox family.
4 xbox Arena lets you make your own tournaments
After being rolled out to members of Xbox One’s Preview programme last year, Arena is finally coming to the masses courtesy of the Creators update. This tournament service kicks off with Killer Instinct and World Of Tanks, and aside from professionally run cups, you’ll also be able to create your own Arena tourney. Once you’ve made your tournament, you can invite friends and Club members to either compete or spectate. Fight! Fight! Fight! Ahem. These contests will be instantly recorded, and can be easily shared. Expect loads more titles to support Arena going forward, too. The Creators update is scheduled to hit Xbox One and Windows 10 in April
Above Here’s a quick demo of your screen capturing menu before (left) and after (right) the Creators update. Ooooooh.