Xbox One now lets you monitor game downloads from the guide

Monitoring your game downloads on Xbox One wasn't ever a difficult task by any means, but it did require interrupting whatever you were doing at the moment, whether playing a game or watching a movie, to navigate back to the dashboard. Now, however, Microsoft has made checking up on your downloads a little easier adding them to the Xbox guide.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra announced the feature on Twitter, noting that it's now available for everyone following testing. Now, when you pull up the guide by pressing the Xbox button on your controller, you'll see any current downloads, along with their progress, alongside your other games.

Previously, you would have to navigate to the dashboard or to the "My games & apps" section to track progress on any ongoing downloads.

It's a small change, but it's definitely welcome for cutting down on the number of steps required to see how your downloads are going. More importantly, you won't have to back out of what you're currently doing to do so.

There's no need to download an update to get the feature. Rather, Microsoft seems to have remotely enabled it for everyone.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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