July Xbox Update Brings Game Groups and FastStart

By Rebecca Smith, 6 months ago
By now, most people will have received the latest system update for their Xbox One. 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.


First introduced three weeks ago for Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead Insider rings, FastStart now arrives for all. The system studies how players tackle the game in question and prioritises the files needed to begin playing the game. 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. The system has been implemented for "select English language titles" in Xbox Game Pass and will roll out for other languages in the future. Comments on the last article suggested FastStart was available for more games than were included in the previous list.

Groups for Games and Apps

Originally introduced to select Insiders in April, technical problems meant this feature has taken a while to reach everybody. Groups allow players to create multiple collections from any of the games and apps that are found in the My games & apps section of the dashboard. Groups will appear in the Guide, Home, and My games & apps sections of the dashboard for every console on which your gamertag is found. Microsoft has already set up a group that includes all of your pins just to get you started.

More Search Options

Players can now press the Y button while in the dashboard to bring up the search box. You'll be able to see your games and apps, applicable Settings options, or look for products in the Store. 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.

Share Controller Improvements

This somewhat controversial feature has received improvements to make it easier to it on the internet. Full mouse and keyboard support has been introduced for PC players while using Share Controller, as well as Share Controller Key Bindings. Touch-enabled devices get multi-touch support so that multiple controls can be used simultaneously. Finally, there's a per-channel leaderboard that focuses on players who contributed the most to the streamer's Mixer session through Share Controller.

Full Screen Broadcasting on Mixer

While streaming, players can now switch to full screen with their webcam at any time. This automatically mutes game audio so you have clear commentary without background noise. There's even the opportunity to do full broadcasts in this mode if you choose. Microsoft recommends one of the following cameras for broadcasting:
  • Microsoft LifeCam Studio
  • Logitech HD Pro Webcam C922
  • Logitech Webcam C930e
  • Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Improved Console Broadcasting Quality and Stability

While Microsoft hasn't specified the changes, they've made several fixes to improve overall video quality during boradcasts, especially during "bandwidth-heavy multiplayer".

The update started rolling out for everybody yesterday, July 5th, so if you haven't received it already, you should be getting these features soon.
Credit for this story goes to GoyetteQC
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.