What’s new in the Xbox One May update? It’s rolling out now

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Xbox frontman Major Nelson let it be known this weekend that the Xbox One May update is rolling out now for anyone keen to grab the console’s latest features, but what’s included in the update?


Highlights for the Xbox One May update include a sound mixer for multiple applications you’ve got snapped to your screen (so a game’s audio could be louder than a TV show, for example), chat volume controls and more. Get the full list below:

Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat

“We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder.

“In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat.”

Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition

“Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want to continue making this great for all Xbox One owners worldwide. The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans. If you want to help us in our efforts to make voice and speech improvements for Kinect even better, you can opt-in to a speech data collection.

“Under Settings, then Privacy & Online Safety, go to Customizing privacy and online safety and set Share Voice Data to Allow. This is completely optional and all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.”

Take the Next System Update When You Want

“You’ll now also be able to take this next system update as soon as it’s available if you want. When this update is made available, you’ll find the option under Settings, then select System update as shown below.”

Some users who took part in the preview programme for the Xbox One May update also reported noticeable performance improvements for things like notifications, Achievement menus and the snap feature, but it remains to be seen if these areas have been directly addressed by Microsoft.

Now or Later

Nelson reminded console owners that in a series of tweets that the update will appear automatically, but you can check for availability if you wish:

“No. You don’t have to check for updates. Everyone will automatically get it within the next few days – no action required. But if you want to get to be sure you have the latest System Update and get it right now you can check [with] the button.”

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