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First 1706 build for Xbox One is on the way for Preview Alpha Insiders, brings Mixer co-streaming, controller sign-in and more

Microsoft is beginning to release the first build of version 1706 for Xbox One. Intiially releasing to those on the Preview Alpha ring, this build brings a few new features, as well as a number of fixes.

To begin with, here is what’s new in the first build of 1706:

  • Profile
    When a signed in user is selected in the Guide, the e-mail address associated with their account will now display under their profile, as well as on Home. This feature is enabled by default for adult accounts, and disabled for child accounts (child accounts will never see the e-mail address associated with their account displayed).

Adult accounts can disable this feature by navigating to Settings > Account > Sign-in, security & passkey.

  • Mixer Co-streaming
    You can now invite a friend to combine their game broadcast with yours! Sign in with an account that has an Xbox Live Gold subscription and invite a friend to your party. Once you’ve begun broadcasting your game from the Guide, you’ll be able to select “Invite party to co-stream” from the Party tab. Co-streaming is currently available only to Alpha Insiders, so we’d suggest using the Insider forums to sync up with other Alpha Insiders to test out this feature.
  • Controller Linking
    Signing into your Xbox account can now be done with a click of the Xbox button thanks to the new controller linking feature! You can now link an account to a specific controller by opening the Guide, navigating to Settings > Account > Sign-in, security & passkey and selecting the “This controller signs in…” option followed by “Link controller.” From there, test the feature out for yourself by signing out of your account and then turning your controller off and then back on.Find more detailed steps and provide your thoughts on this feature by accepting the “Link Your Controller” Quest in the Xbox Insiders Hub!

For fixes, there’s a few, but one that a fair few will enjoy – distorted audio with Windows Sonic should now be fixed:

  • Windows Sonic
    Fixed an issue which could cause distorted sounds and audio glitches when Windows Sonic is enabled.
  • Skype UWP
    Fixed issues which could sometimes cause the Skype UWP to crash during use.
  • Mixer
    Fixed an issue which sometimes caused the virtual keyboard to lose focus (preventing text from being entered).

The only known issues are with the Mixer integration:

Mixer

  • After dismissing the virtual keyboard, attempting to relaunch the virtual keyboard may fail.
  • When switching games while broadcasting with Mixer, the stream freezes and doesn’t allow the user to close or restart the broadcast.Workaround: Restart the console.

The build is rolling out to Preview Alpha Insiders now, with those on the Beta ring expected to receive it later in the week, based on feedback.

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Do you like the new features already available in this build?