Xbox One Spring Update Adds Mixer ‘Share Controller’ Feature, More | News & Opinion


Microsoft’s Spring Xbox One update is now rolling out to members of the Xbox Insider Alpha Ring.

The update adds a new “Share Controller” feature for Mixer streamers, support for 1440p video output, updates to the Edge browser, new audio options, handy filtering tools for Club owners, and more. Perhaps most notably, the new Share Controller feature will let Mixer streamers on Xbox One share their controller with a viewer watching via

“Streamers can share their entire controller (except the Xbox button) in the Xbox game they are playing, and a viewer can take control through the on-screen gamepad or by plugging a controller into their PC,” according to a post on the Xbox Wire. “Viewer and streamer can work together in the game, or the viewer can cause trouble – resulting in hilarious chaos.”

Besides that, Xbox One X and S will now support 1440p resolution for games and media. Sometimes called “2560×1440” or “QHD,” 1440p is popular among PC users. It falls between Full HD and 4K, offering more than a million and a half more pixels than 1080p.

Plus, the Edge browser on Xbox One is getting a more “modern” look and improvements to Favorites and History that should make it easier to revisit sites, as well as tab muting, read aloud, and autofill features. The new audio options, meanwhile, will let you “selectively balance game audio against background music within the Guide,” the Xbox Wire post states. This way you can “turn down the game volume, crank up the music volume, and rock on.”

Club admins will be able to filter invite requests based on criteria like reputation, Gamerscore, and recommendations from current club members. You can, for instance, “set a filter to only show invitees with over 200 hours of playtime” or “filter requests to only show invitees with over 900 Gamerscore.” You’ll also be able to sort club feeds to see “what’s hot” or “top posts.”

Finally, tournaments are now available right in Game Hubs, which means you no longer have to be a member of a club to start or join a tourney.

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