Microsoft’s Xbox One console is getting a new system update today which introduces a new Estimated Download Queue feature as well as several fixes and improvements. There’s no blog post announcing the update or detailed release notes on the Xbox support website, but Xbox Insider Program manager Brad Rossetti announced the public rollout on Twitter a couple of minutes ago.
Huge thanks to all the Xbox Insiders as we shipped 1908 to GA today. All users can now enjoy the Estimated Download queue feature and plenty of fixes. Now onto 1910 and beyond!
— Brad Rossetti (@WorkWombatman) August 13, 2019
The new estimated download time feature that comes with this update will allow Xbox One owners to see the estimated time to finish downloads in My Games and Apps. This is a handy feature if you have many items in your download queue, as you’ll be able to make an informed choice about which games and apps to download first.
This is the only new feature in this build, and the Xbox team didn’t go into details about the “plenty of fixes” that Rossetti mentioned in his tweet. If you’re an Xbox Insider, Microsoft shipped the first 1910 preview build to Preview Alpha Insiders yesterday, and this upcoming update should be a much bigger deal. Microsoft has already started testing a redesigned Xbox dashboard which will replace the top navigation bar by four buttons for accessing the Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, and Xbox Community. Cortana is also being removed from the Xbox One OS as Microsoft will soon redirect users to the Xbox skill for Alexa and Cortana on other devices.
Microsoft is also expected to start testing the new console streaming feature that was announced back at E3 2019, which will complement Microsoft’s Project xCloud service that won’t require the ownership of an Xbox console. Project xCloud is expected to go into public testing in October, but Microsoft will offer public demos at gamescom in Cologne, Germany next week.Further reading: Xbox, Xbox One