NEED TO KNOW: MI­CROSOFT CREATORS UP­DATE

Mi­crosoft’s new Creators up­date will make your Xbox One faster, friend­lier and even dreamier for stream­ers

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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.

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