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Microsoft is making it easier to tell if Xbox One X assets are installed

Microsoft has unveiled a new update on its way to members of the Xbox Insider Program, adding both new functionality and fixes to the Xbox One operating system. With the Xbox One X release around the corner, today's new Alpha ring build introduces a feature to simplify the process of installing 4K assets on the console. A range of fixes is also being deployed, affecting Party chat, Dolby Atmos, 4K video playback and other applications.

The biggest addition to today's preview build is a new feature within "My Games & Apps," making it easier for users to check that Xbox One X assets are installed. To offer improved resolutions and textures for Xbox One X Enhanced games, dedicated updates are being released by developers – and this new feature streamlines the process of ensuring they're ready for use.

Following this build, by hovering over an Xbox One X Enhanced title, details surrounding assets can be found by pressing the "Menu" button and selecting "Manage." Alongside details about installed DLC, "Xbox One X Assets: Installed" will be displayed to indicate a game is ready for the console.

This is a significant improvement over the existing implementation on Xbox One, which fails to deliver a user-friendly option of checking installed updates. Those on production builds can check assets are installed by pressing LB, RB, and Menu simultaneously, however, the information displayed is hard to decipher at a glance.

Those eligible to download Alpha ring updates will see the download available on their console from 5 p.m. ET on November 5. The update will also bring fixes to various system features, including Party chat, 4K video, Cortana and My Games & Apps. For a look at the full list of tweaks, make sure to take a look at Microsoft's full changelog (opens in new tab).

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Matt Brown
Matt Brown

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

12 Comments
  • Nice update.. But how come there's been no more details about the Avatars?
  • soon™
  • So does that mean they are being canceled as well? =P
  • That being said, it has been acknowledged that they're still in the pipeline https://twitter.com/XboxQwik/status/920393726664380416
  • 5:00pm ET November...???
  • You saw nothing 👀
  • Good update.
  • I'm not seeing many games showing as Xbox One X enhanced - I hope more get updates for Day 1 otherwise I'll be playing on a new £450 console and seeing zero difference lol
  • Will games that haven't been "Enhanced for Xbox One X" see any boost in framerate just by running on the One X? For example, less slowdowns and a more stable framerate, but with the original 1080p textures? I don't mean a 30FPS to 60FPS boost as that would need specific enhancements, but will a 30FPS target game drop below 30FPS less often by default due to the new hardware?
  • Yeah, games will hit their target frame rates (and resolutions if dynamic) more frequently on Xbox One X. I recommend these articles for a quick bit of reading on what the Xbox One X can do for games, and which games to expect (: https://www.windowscentral.com/what-expect-xbox-one-x-enhanced-games https://www.windowscentral.com/all-xbox-one-x-enhanced-games
  • Cheers, I ordered one as soon as pre-orders went up and really just know it can do native 4K and it's up to the developers how they use the extra power. Have stayed away from reviews and stuff to just make my own opinion next week - I'll look further into the list of games. Good to hear that it sounds like even non-enhanced games will hit their target framerate more often from what you've said? Looking forward to playing Assassins Creed Origins as seen some great comments about how amazing it looks, locked to 30FPS but apparently 100% solid on One X @ 4K
  • Mine just shipped from Texas!