The Xbox One July Update Is Out

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After about a month and a half in testing with Xbox Insiders, Microsoft announced today that the July update is rolling out. This way, you don't have to wait for the entire game to download to start playing it, which is very helpful if you don't have a very speedy internet connection. The July Update (version 1806) is part of the Redstone 4 development branch, which is analogous to the April 2018 Update on the Windows 10 PC side of things. "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.

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Scavengers Studio has confirmed that Darwin Project, its survival-infused battle royale game, has now gone free-to-play on Xbox One. This features lets players create collections of content, name them, and add them to they Home menu, which will make them easy to access.

Surprisingly, the list of supported games, which you can find on Polygon, also includes Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, so it's nice to see this isn't a feature strictly for the hot new titles.

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UI navigation has been enhanced with the ability to invoke the search dialog (even from the Dashboard) by pressing the Y button on your controller.

The Xbox One update has many more features, including more search options, mixed share controller improvements, and full screen broadcasting on Mixer.

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Darwin Project is available to download on Xbox One for free via the Xbox Store now. This allows multiple controls to be used at the same time! Each channel also now features leaderboards, showing who contributed the most. While in this mode game audio is muted, making it ideal for talking to your audience while switching from game to game or setting up before you start playing.