Screenshots have been a sorely missing feature from the Xbox One since launch. Social media has been a perfect place to see any new shots from recent PS4 titles, especially since the console makes it so easy to share. The Xbox One might still have a while to get to that point, but at least you can now properly capture screens – and do some really awesome things with them.
The March Update for Xbox One is rolling out, and while it brings a host of changes to existing apps it’s really the Screenshots that headline the entire things. You can now capture screens by simply yelling “Xbox, take a screenshot” at Kinect, or double tapping the Xbox button on a controller to do the same. Saved screenshots can be shared on social media, sent to friends and even saved as new dashboard backgrounds. The latter is probably the one I’ll use the most.
To aid with that, you’re now also able to change the transparency of tiles on the Dashboard, allowing you to properly view your wallpaper without hundreds of app pins getting in the way. Those are probably the two biggest changes, but they’re not all of them. You can check out the full list in a not so compact form below.
- Screenshots – New this month is a highly requested feature by our community from the Xbox feedback site. While playing a game, you can now take screenshots on your Xbox One console by simply double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller to capture a screenshot and pressing Y to save the screenshot. You can also say “Xbox, take a screenshot” to take and save a screenshot.The Upload app has been updated so that you can manage your screenshots in addition to your game clips. To set a screenshot as your background, go to Upload, open the screenshot full screen, press the Menu button, and select Set as background. You can also use Upload to share screenshots to your activity feed, attach them to messages, add screenshots to your showcase, share to Twitter, and post to OneDrive. Additionally, your game clips and screenshots will be shown in a new area on your profile.
- Suggested friends – Everyone can use new friends! Suggested friends will include people you might know—so you can add more friends to game with—and top community broadcasters and clip creators—so you can get more great content in your activity feed. To find new friends, go to Friends and look for people under the Suggested friends heading or select the Suggested friends button. Or, if you don’t have a ton of friends yet, just check the Friends area of Home.
- Sharing your name – We’re rolling out two new ways to share your real name: with all of your friends, or to everyone in the Xbox Live community. You can also continue to share your real name with select friends or no one, if that’s what you prefer. Gamertags are still the primary method of identifying yourself on Xbox Live, but sharing your real name helps people recognize you who might not know you by your gamertag. The new name sharing options can be found under Friends > My profile >Name sharing settings.
- Party chat enhancements – We added two new icons to party chat to show each participant their own microphone status. The Kinect icon means the Kinect is being used as the mic and the headset icon means the headset mic is being used.
- Tile transparency – As a result of your feedback, we’re adding a setting to vary the level of transparency for your background images. To do this, go to Settings > My Xbox > Tile transparency.
- Voice search privacy – We added a new setting to share voice search data to allow anonymous collection and analysis of voice data when using Bing on Xbox to search. Go to Settings > Privacy and online safety > Custom > Share voice search data to change the setting.
- Report spam – The Messages app has an added option to notify Xbox when you receive spam. To report a message as spam, select it, press A on the controller, selectReport, and then choose Spam.
- Live TV & OneGuide in Australia – Support for OneGuide is now available to all users in Australia for free-to-air TV listings. Additionally, the OneGuide app will be pre-pinned for users in Australia a few days after the March system update goes live.
- Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Australia – Xbox One owners in Australia can pre-purchase the Xbox Digital TV Tuner at the online Microsoft Store, Availability of the tuner is planned for March 25, 2015.
And if words aren’t entirely your thing, you can always check out a handy trailer (yes trailer) for the update below. Unlike all the other useless updates that the Xbox One decides to download by itself, you’ll probably want to grab this March Update as soon as possible. And prepare for you Twitter feed to be a little more bombarded by Ori and the Blind Forest very soon.
Last Updated: March 10, 2015