Microsoft Brings FastStart, Game Grouping, More With Xbox's July Update

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July Xbox Update Brings Game Groups and FastStart

Until July 12, you can also get the chance to pick up some soccer-themed cosmetics either through fan gifts or by purchasing them with Ramen, The Darwin Project's in-game currency, in the item shop. Not all games will be FastStart enabled by default - but Microsoft says it is now enabled for select Xbox Game Pass titles, and it will come to more games in the near-future.

During E3, Microsoft unveiled FastStart for Xbox One, a feature that optimizes downloads so you can start playing before the download finishes.

According to the FastStart FAQ, the download times (at least until the playable threshold) for games with the feature enabled are about half of what they would be normally.

Both Xbox and PlayStation include similar features which allow users to play your game when a certain amount of the game has been downloaded - in Xbox's case, it's called "ready to start".

Case in point: Darwin Project, a battle royale title that's been in limited Early Access on Steam and Xbox One for some time, has now launched on the latter as a free to play game, available to all players from today. You can also assign custom names to each Group, organize and order them, and add individual Groups to Home.

As an added bonus, Groups will be tied to your Xbox Live account and will automatically sync across multiple Xbox One consoles.

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Elsewhere, finding content is far less hassle than before, thanks to the ability to simply hit Y at any point while on the dashboard to bring up the search function. Pins are a Group by default, and you can create others.

You can download the app for free here.

Another Mixer feature is that you can now use full-screen streaming with your webcam.

The update also introduces improved console broadcasting quality and stability improvements. You'll see the most relevant results first, but the "more results" button allows you to open up a full page of search results if you still haven't found what you wanted.

With the July Update, Microsoft is making it easier to search on your Xbox.

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