Xbox February Update is Starting to Roll Out


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Summary​

  • Touch controls enabled in Xbox remote play.
  • New thumbstick calibration tool for Xbox Wireless Controllers.
  • Improved filtering and sorting – My games & apps, and more.
Team Xbox continues to bring new ways to make Xbox better, with players at the center, as we refine the experience and deliver brand-new features based on player feedback. This month’s update offers touch controls enabled in Xbox remote play, and improved filtering and sorting in My games & apps. There’s a new thumbstick calibration tool for Xbox Wireless Controllers, and a new access restriction option to make it easier for many players to play on shared consoles in places like hospitals.

Touch controls enabled in Xbox remote play

Xbox Update - Xbox Remote Play Touch Enabled Asset


Want to play games when away from your console, but don’t have your Xbox Wireless Controller handy? No problem! Xbox remote play now supports custom touch control layouts on more than a hundred games when using the Xbox app on iOS, Android, and Windows devices. The same custom touch layouts available through Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) will now be available when remotely playing games from your personal console. This includes games like Minecraft Dungeons, Psychonauts 2, Sea of Thieves, and many more. Additionally, a basic touch control layout can now be used for most other games.

New thumbstick recalibration tool for Xbox Wireless Controllers

Xbox Update - Thumbstick Calibration Asset


We’re excited to release a user-guided, self-calibration tool on the Xbox Accessories app that helps you to recalibrate thumbsticks for Xbox Wireless Controllers. This is part of Xbox’s continued investment in improving the repairability experience of controllers. To address minor thumbstick issues such as inconsistent responses, use the self-calibration tool in the Xbox Accessories app on console or PC to resolve issues without the need for support calls, controller repairs, or returns.

Xbox enables owners of Xbox Wireless Controllers to self-repair their devices by selling official replacement parts in the Microsoft Store. If you’re self-repairing your controller, the thumbstick recalibration tool should be used after you have replaced the controller’s base and circuit board, as that will likely disrupt thumbstick calibration values. Not all thumbstick issues can be resolved with this recalibration tool, including drift due to normal wear and tear.

Improved filtering and sorting – My games & apps

Xbox Update - New Filters My Games and Apps Asset


We’ve added new filters and sorts to My games & apps to help you find exactly what you’re looking for on your Xbox. You can now filter games by accessibility, supported languages, and technical features. For example, if you want to see which games are touch-enabled for remote play, you can filter by Technical features > Touch enabled and find your next game to play.

Additionally, subscription tabs in your full library have been updated to sort by Recently added, making it easier to see what’s new in subscriptions like Xbox Game Pass and EA Play. You can always adjust the sorting to find games to play in your library. Just head to My games & apps > Full library, and you’ll find all the new filtering and sorting options.

Automatic profile sign-out

Xbox Update - Access Restrictions Asset


A new access restriction option has been created to make it easier to play on shared consoles in places like hospitals. Some children’s hospitals have programs to provide consoles that can be wheeled into a patient’s room and give them time to play and connect with friends. The new option makes it easier for player’s profiles to be deleted when they sign out, and it removes the need to check if patients have signed out of the consoles when the gaming cart gets moved between patients.

To view and adjust the new options, navigate to Settings > System > Access restrictions to allow use of the Edge web browser, set a Home console, and to delete profiles on sign-out.


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We love hearing from the community, whether you have a suggestion for a new feature that you’d like to see added, or you want to give feedback on existing features that could use some improvement. We’re always looking for ways to improve Xbox experiences for players around the world. If you’d like to help create the future of Xbox and get early access to new features, join the Xbox Insider Program today by downloading the Xbox Insider Hub for Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One or Windows PC. Let us know what you think!


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February 2024​

Release date: 2/14/2024​


OS version: 10.0.25398.3491 (xb_flt_2402zn.240207-1700)​


Xbox remote play with touch controls​

Away from your console and controller? No problem - you can now game remotely on your PC or mobile device by using touch controls. A growing number of games feature custom-designed touch layouts that enhance your remote gaming experience. And even if your game doesn’t have touch controls specifically designed for gameplay, most games give you access to basic touch controls, which mimic the standard Xbox controller layout.

New filtering and sorting options for My games & apps​

We’ve added more ways to filter and sort through games and apps, making it easier for you to find the content and features that you’re looking for. In addition to our existing filters, you can now filter by Accessibility options, Technical capabilities, and Supported languages. Subscriptions can be sorted by Recently added, as well. View these new options by going to My games & apps > Full library.

Recalibrate your thumbsticks with our new recalibration tool​

If your Xbox Wireless Controller’s thumbsticks have gotten a bit wonky, now you can take a shot at fixing them with our new thumbstick recalibration tool. Available for the Xbox Wireless Controller and accessed through the Xbox Accessories app, the recalibration tool can help with minor issues such as inconsistent response. Just follow the guidelines in the Accessories app, but note: If you’re performing a self-repair of your controller, this recalibration tool should be used after you’ve replaced the controller’s base and circuit board.

Access restriction settings sign you out and more​

For players wanting to use their consoles on public networks, such as when hospitals provide consoles to children, you can now set up restrictions for actions such as automatic sign-out, allowing access to Edge, and setting a home console.

To set your access restrictions, go to Settings > System > Access restrictions > Access restriction options, and then choose the restrictions you want to set.

Known issues​

Audio​

Some players have reported intermittent audio issues across the dashboard or when launching games or apps.

If you encounter this behavior, report this issue and choose the Report with advanced diagnostics option. Make sure to include information like audio setup, when this issue occurred, troubleshooting steps tried, and other relevant info.

Provide feedback to Team Xbox

Workaround: Reboot the console and games should launch normally.

Networking​

Some players may see an issue where their console doesn’t connect to their network as expected on boot. If you experience this, be sure to report the issue via Report a Problem as soon as you’re able.

Provide feedback to Team Xbox

Workaround: Wait a minute for the console to establish a connection. If your console still hasn’t connected, restart your Xbox from the Power Center by holding the Xbox button  down and selecting Restart console > Restart.


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