Microsoft has announced a new Xbox dashboard update that adds many new features, including streaming to Discord friends, additional VRR options, a voice reporting feature and more. The latest update comes just in time with the release of Starfield today (September 6).
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Here’s what’s new with the Xbox Dashboard Update
- Xbox has updated the Discord integration, allowing users to stream their gameplay to anyone on their friend’s list. Discord is now built into the ‘Parties & Chats’ section of the dashboard, and a new ‘stream your game’ option now appears once you are connected to a Discord server. Users can also customize their stream quality. However, the feature is only compatible with Xbox users only – you will not be able to stream or view gameplay from friends who are on PC.
- Players can now choose to enable VRR on a per-scenario basis for the Xbox Series X/S. VRR can now be turned on, off, or for games only, which is a welcome addition for apps that may not always play well with VRR.
- Players in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand can now submit 60-second audio clips of inappropriate voice chat messages for review by the Xbox safety.
- Xbox has improved the accessory pairing for the console for all the lazy bones among us. The console will automatically start pairing a new device once you navigate to the Xbox accessories app and use the new “connect a device” option. This negates the need to get from the couch and manually clicking the pairing button found on the console itself.
- Lastly, players can now request a game invite from a friend by clicking the new “ask to join game” option available on user profiles. Friends will then be able to respond with a game invite, party invite, or a message.
The September Xbox Dashboard update will roll out to all users worldwide, including users in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.