New Xbox One Alpha ring update brings fixes for Cortana, Movies & TV, more

Laurent Giret

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It’s been just a day since the Xbox One March Update rolled out to all Xbox One owners, but that doesn’t mean that the Xbox team is taking a break. Indeed, a new preview build is already available to download for Preview Alpha members, and this one brings various fixes for Cortana, the Movies & TV UWP app and more.

There are no new features in this new build, though the Xbox team is expected to release several new features such as Arena on Xbox Live, enhanced profile and activity feed later this month. You can find the full changelog below:


OS version released: rs2_release_xbox_1704.170326-1700
Available: 6:00PM PDT 3/29 (1:00AM GMT 30/3)


Welcome to 1704 on Xbox One! This month we’re rolling out several feature updates inspired by your feedback.
You can read more about the features coming in this update on the Xbox News Wire.
NOTE: Not all planned features for this update are available at this time.


• Settings
Fixed an issue which prevented some users from adding a new payment method.
• Cortana
“Hey Cortana” should now function when searching for Store content.
• Movies & TV
Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause Movies & TV to crash to Home immediately after launch.
• Sign-In
Resolved an issue which prevented users from adding a new profile.

• Settings – Display & sound
The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.
• Wireless Display
The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

In a previous tweet, Microsoft’s Brad Rossetti explained that this preview build will hit the Xbox Beta Ring “mid next week.” It’s good to see that the Xbox Insider Program is still very much active, and we’re looking forward to see what’s coming next for the gaming console.