Xbox May Update Adds New Dynamic Themes, Improves Quick Resume, And More
The folks over at Microsoft are continuing to work to improve the experience provided by the Xbox Series X. To that end the company has announced its official Xbox May update, which adds a few meaningful quality of life improvements and features for those that have been lucky enough to score one of the next-gen consoles. These additions include new dynamic themes, improvements to the Quick Resume feature, passthrough audio, and more.
Microsoft took to its Xbox Wire website to detail what to expect from the latest update. The star of the show this time around is the Quick Resume feature, which has been improved. For those unfamiliar, Quick Resume allows the player to bounce between multiple games and resume gameplay instantly, instead of needing to reload the games. The new update improves the feature’s reliability and load times while also making it easier to identify which games are supported by the feature.
While Sony’s PS5 is currently bereft of dynamic themes, the Xbox Series X has been supporting the active backgrounds since launch. The latest update brings with it the new ‘Motes’ dynamic background, shown above. Those looking to test it out on their consoles can do so by going to Settings > General > Personalization > My Background > Dynamic Background.
Also included in the Xbox May update is the ability to passthrough audio. Utilizing passthrough audio allows users to stream audio from Xbox media apps (Netflix, Disney+, etc) in order to increase the overall sound quality. It’s fairly easy to set it up, just hit the Allow Passthrough button on the Xbox audio settings screen.
The last improvement is for all you parents and guardians out there. Late last year Microsoft launched the Xbox Family Settings app for Android and iOS, which provides simple and straightforward tools to manage their kids’ gaming. This month’s update allows users to approve multiplayer games by title, whether it be directly from the console or through the app. Console users can also request access to multiplayer mode, which will ping the parent’s app so they can approve or decline the request. Authorized users can rescind the approval at any time from the console or the app.
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