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Xbox Gets Redesigned Library View for Games and Apps


Microsoft has revealed details about how the new Xbox update changes how the Library screen works, with the goal of making games easier to install and play.​

Microsoft has announced a new update for the Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. The update focuses on making improvements the consoles’ Library screens.

As part of the update, the Full library view in the My games and apps screen has been redesigned. The goals of the redesign are to make the games easier to install and play.

All games now shows every game the player might own, as well as games that the player will have access to with their subscriptions, such as Xbox Game Pass, EA Access, and games claimed through Games with Gold.

Xbox players can now also change the default installation locations for their games and apps. Games optimised for Xbox Series X/S can be installed in a different location than backward compatibile games and apps. The latter two also allow installation on external USB hard drives.

For those not interested in micromanaging their install locations, there’s also an option to “Let Xbox decide” where to install games and apps, which will always select the fastest available drive with enough space.

Aside from the revamped library screen, Xbox has also revealed details about smaller updates to other gaming options. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 can now be customised to have its Xbox button display different colours. This offers full RGB customisation.

Windows 10, Windows 11, and Xbox One now also has the party chat noise suppression feature that was previously released on Xbox Series X/S. Players can now choose to accidentally transmit fewer unwanted noises and interruptions. This includes sounds like gamepad clicks, breathing, and background noise.

And finally, Microsoft has updated the Xbox app on smartphones to allow players to create parties for multiplayer gaming from the app itself. The Social tab in the app now has a new Parties option, where players can check out their recent parties, or even create a new one.

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