Microsoft confirms Xbox One's July update is out today

Judy Cobb
July 6, 2018

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. The system studies how players tackle the game in question and prioritises the files needed to begin playing the game.

FastStart works by applying machine learning to identify which parts of the game are required for full-fledged gameplay. The July update started rolling out to players yesterday, and with it comes some of the more eagerly awaited features like FastStart and Groups for games and apps. This means players can jump into their title quicker while the rest of it downloads in the background - it's a faster system than Ready to Start. However, in the case of both consoles, it's a coin toss how much of the game is actually available to you when you reach the playable threshold.

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. You're also able to buy them if you wish to take that route. You can also assign custom names to each Group, organize and order them, and add 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.

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Finally, Mixers broadcasting using their webcam now have the option of a full screen mode, which mutes game audio allowing you to easily have a natter with your audience. Hitting Y while on the Dashboard will immediately bring up the search dialog. You'll see the most relevant results first, but the "more results" button allows you to open up a full page of search results if you still haven't found what you wanted.

The update is mostly concerned with making it easier for users to find content, as well as improving Mixer.

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