Xbox One rolls out FastStart feature to speed up downloads

Xbox One rolls out FastStart feature to speed up downloads

Microsoft's Major Nelson today has announced that the July Xbox Update is now rolling out to users across the world. You'll only need to download a portion of the game before you can start playing, and this is done by identifying the files you need, and getting those first. FastStart now applies to all English-language games in the Xbox Game Pass, including Fallout 4, Sea of Thieves, Elder Scrolls Online, and more.

One of the new features is FastStart, which lets you start playing twice as fast as before. This update was previously tested with Xbox Insiders last month and comes with FastStart on select games, the Groups feature in Games and Apps, and more. 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.

However, there are two restrictions worth mentioning with FastStart - it's only available for "select" English-language games for now, and players will need to have at least a 20MB internet connection to take advantage of it. "Groups" as they're called, can be added within My Games & Apps. Moreover, these groups will sync to your Microsoft account, so they'll show up on other consoles that you own. 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.


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. 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. This update also brings "stability improvements" come in many forms, but Microsoft notes specifically that broadcasting bandwidth-heavy multiplayer gaming should improve.

With the July Update, Microsoft is making it easier to search on your Xbox.

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