Xbox One Spring Update Arrives for All Players

By Rebecca Smith,
Microsoft may well have announced the contents of the May Xbox One update, but not everybody had received the update that preceded it. This has been rectified now, as the April "Spring" Update is making its way out to all console owners as we speak.

The vast majority of the update's features were covered in the announcement post, but there are a few additional changes of which to be aware:

New Video Features

Microsoft has added a new Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM) that enables any Xbox One device to switch a compatible TV to low latency video mode when you're playing a game. There's also support for a variable refresh rate for AMD Radeon FreeSync and FreeSync 2 compatible displays. All consoles will work with the former, while the latter is only supported by the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Finally, 2560 x 1440 (1440p) resolution output has been added for games and media on the Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles.

All of the above options are found in the Xbox One Settings menu, under the Video Output subsection of the Display & Sound section.

April Video Settings

Sharing Screenshots to Twitter

Once you've authenticated your Twitter account on your console, you'll be able to share screenshots and video clips directly to the social media service. This can be done from the Broadcast & Capture tab of the Guide. Once shared, the captures will now display fully rather than showing as a link like they did previously. Microsoft will even suggest hashtags for you to use in the process.

Light and Dark Themes

Light and dark themes are now available on the console and can be toggled according to the time of day. This accompanies a new "high-contrast light theme" option that makes certain on-screen elements clearer. The timing of the theme transitions can be personalised to go from light to dark at sunset, and vice versa at sunrise if you wish. These options are available in the Ease of Access section of the Settings menu.

Improvements to Narrator

A number of improvements have been made to the Narrator. The Narrator volume can be adjusted separately from the console's overall audio volums. The Narrator menu also has a new input learning mode that states the name of the button you press on any attached controller or input device. Like the light and dark themes, these options are available in the Ease of Access section of the Settings menu.

The April "Spring" update has begun to roll out for all Xbox One owners, but Microsoft did state that it might take a few days for it to reach everyone around the world.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.