Welcome to our weekly Xbox news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Xbox. Let’s get started.
Dropbox integration lands on Xbox One
Dropbox has released its Windows 10 app to Xbox One, offering Xbox users access to their cloud of files. This app, coming - at least in part - from popular Windows 10 developer Rudy Huyn, makes the first cloud storage app on the console. If it wasn't enough that you can view all of your cloud storage on Dropbox, you'll soon also be able to easily change your Xbox One background image through Dropbox.
Latest Insider Update to Xbox One brings Bitstream pass-through
The latest update to Xbox Insiders brought along Bitstream pass-through, as a result of activating features like Dolby Atmos. Actually making the feature work is going to require a bit of tweaking by some of you dedicated audiophiles, but it's certainly possible with the latest build. Just be prepared for some bugs.
Nearly 50% of Xbox One gamers are using Backward Compatibility
When they were developing Backward Compatibility, many Xbox devs were probably concerned about just how many people were actually going to make use of it. As more new games come out, it's feasible that the need to play old games would just go down. According to a recent tweet from Xbox boss Phil Spencer, those worries just aren't realistic. The tweet claimed that almost 50% of all Xbox One users are playing with Backward Compatibility.
Overwatch Holiday Event is live on Xbox One
If there's anything we learned from the Halloween event, it's that Blizzard knows exactly how to have a good holiday celebration. For this holiday season, we're getting tons of new skins along with a new themed game mode to reign in the jolliest time of year. Players who are looking for a bit of gameplay flavor can look forward to Mei's Snowball Offensive, which has players gathering and firing off snowballs instead of Mei's usual icicles. The event is going on until January 2nd, so you should get on it as soon as you can.
Xbox fan makes Xbox One controller coffee table
Ready to see something cool? Check out this coffee table designed by WoodCurve on Etsy. The table is designed to look just like an Xbox One controller, complete with buttons, triggers, thumbsticks, an Xbox button, and all of the three-dimensional indents to make it look just right. The table was available for sale on Etsy, but is currently sold out - we'll see if it ever comes back for some lucky Xbox fan to get their hands on.
New Xbox One update makes downloads a whole lot faster
As someone who plays a lot of Xbox One games, I can tell you that low download speeds were a huge problem. With the latest update to the Xbox One OS, however, this problem may have been addressed. Users with high internet speeds (greater than 100MBPS) should be seeing their speeds go up by as much as 80%, and users with speeds slower than that should still see their speeds go up by about 40% reliably.
AdDuplex adds native SDK support for apps on Xbox One
While AdDuplex still isn't publicly offering a way for advertisers to pay for ads on Xbox One, they're now letting developers cross-promote. AdDuplex is now offering native SDK support for apps on Xbox One, offering app developers a few more easily accessible options when they're setting up their app's ads.
Here are the games that came out this week:
- Astroneer space exploration title gets a Game Preview on Xbox and Windows Store on December 16
- Here are the last 6 new Xbox One Backward Compatible games of the year
- Don Bradman Cricket 17 now available on Xbox One
- The final chapter in Batman: The Telltale Series is out right now on Xbox One and Windows 10
- 3 BioShock titles make it to Xbox One Backward Compatibility
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