Update 2017-01-25 16:14 PST:
Larry Hryb took to Twitter to briefly update the Windows Insider community on the upcoming Insider build, previously thought to be scheduled for tomorrow, January 26th. Hryb’s tweet is below, clarifying the miscommunication. We should still expect to see a new Insider build by Friday’s end, but the specific timeframe has been revoked. Stay tuned for more should the story develop further.
— 🎮 Larry Hryb 🎙️ (@majornelson) January 25, 2017
If you’re part of the Windows Insider Program and an enlistee of the Fast Ring, you’ll be expecting a build by Friday afternoon. While we haven’t gotten confirmation from program overseer Dona Sarkar, Scott Henson an Xbox Partner Group Program Manager, posted on Xbox Wire regarding and confirming a new Insider build for PC. That new build will likely bring the regular suite of enhancements, bug fixes, and altogether new problems to troubleshoot, but Henson also confirmed what new features gamers can expect to see with the build.
First and most notably is Game Mode. While we’ve seen the toggle in the Xbox Game Bar menu system for the past two weeks, we’re finally going to be able to enable the setting to let games take advantage of more system resources for a better overall experience. Specifically, the next Insider build will be testing this feature automatically-enabled for select UWP games. As the video showcase mentions, it’s not clear which games will support or work well with Game Mode, so Insiders will be helping to test compatibility across the many titles they play.
Henson transitions to confirm that Beam streaming directly from the Xbox Game Bar will also finally be enabled with the new build. The feature will also make its way to Xbox One consoles with subsequent updates, but no specific dates for that were mentioned. The Beam streaming interface will overlay on the current game, letting a broadcaster view their chat right on screen, without need of a second display, computer, or extra software.
Most notable for Windows 10 Insiders will be the integration of various Xbox and gaming settings right into the system Settings app. This will, judging by the video showcasing the various new features, centralize the settings for the Xbox Game Bar, including the shortcut management area for in-game actions like screenshots, broadcast start / stop, and clip recording. Game Mode’s settings will also be contained in this sub-category, so Insiders will be able to easily manage how and when their PC optimizes resource usage for gaming. The full video is embedded below.
Xbox One Insiders can also expect some goodies in upcoming days’ updates. Namely, Cortana will be given a new in-game overlay UI, voice controls for Party commands, as well as using Cortana to manage background music. These features will likely sit well with Insiders, especially considering the official removal of the Snap feature, which previously allowed for side-by-side multitasking even in games. Xbox One Insiders will also get to test out parental controls, letting parents set schedule on the console for when it’s allowed to be used, as well as specifically how a child browses the Internet via their Xbox One.
While he showcase video denotes “today”, it refers to January 26th, by Pacific Standard Time, so we’ll have more coverage once the new build launches and we get it on our machines. Until then, stay tuned for more on Windows 10 and Xbox One gaming enhancements in the Creators Update due out this spring. Check out the full gallery of all these new features below, courtesy of Xbox Wire.
Source: Xbox Wire