Xbox One July Dashboard Update


Microsoft released its Xbox One July dashboard update to all users yesterday, and the main new feature allows Xbox owners to start games that are downloading quicker. FastStart, originally unveiled at E3, prioritizes the files a game really needs to start while it continues to download the rest of the title in the background. It requires a download speed of at least 20Mbps, and will be available for a “select number” of popular games that are available on Xbox Game Pass.

“You can generally expect to jump into your game twice as fast as you did previously,” explains a Microsoft FAQ on the new feature. Microsoft has not yet provided a full list of games compatible with FastStart, but the company says it plans to make it available to more games over time once developers update their titles.


While FastStart is the main addition, Microsoft is also tweaking its Pins dashboard feature to include groups of games and apps. The groups mean you can essentially organize your games into favourite sections and these will sync across multiple Xbox One devices. Microsoft is also improving search within the Xbox One dashboard, with the ability to press the Y button anywhere to bring up a search interface for apps, games, settings, and more.


Broadcasting / Mixer

Streaming should look some amount better than it has in the past when you're the one streaming from your Xbox One. This update also brings “stability improvements” come in many forms, but Microsoft notes specifically that broadcasting bandwidth-heavy multiplayer gaming should improve. Mixer can now work with full-screen broadcasting for webcams.

Mixer Update

In Mixer, users can now Share Controller – or with a PC, with this latest update, users can share full mouse and keyboard bindings, too. Multi-touch was added, so multiple controls can be used at the same time. Per-channel leaderboards were added too.

Search Update

If you'd like to search for content of any sort, press the Y button in the dashboard. Y will now bring up a search dialogue as well as access to Settings. There'll be a “Press enter for more results” button in there for additional list items.

Grouping Apps, Grouping Games

What's essentially FOLDERS have been added to the Xbox One universe. These are different from Pins. “Groups” as they're called, can be added within My Games & Apps. You can add groups to Home and Guide, and there should be one Group made as soon as your update is complete. That first group is full of pins.


At last, there's a quicker way to launch video games. This feature was first announced at E3 2018. “FastStart works by identifying which files are needed to begin playing and prioritizes the download of those files first, enabling you to quickly jump into full-fidelity gameplay while the remainder of your title downloads in the background,” said Major Nelson. “Simply find the FastStart-enabled title you want to play in our catalog, hit 'Download' and your console will take care of the rest. It's that simple.”

Check for Update

To force-check an update to your Xbox One, head over to Settings – All Settings – System – Updates. You'll need to select Console Update Available if it is indeed available at the time at which you've checked. This system update should be available for you today or within the next several days.

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