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Xbox One Preview Alpha build 1806 brings game groups & multiple Wi-Fi options

Microsoft is pushing out a new build for Xbox Insiders in the Xbox One Preview Alpha Ring today. The build is described as the 1806.180517-2122 system update and it will bring support for a range of new features to consoles such as app and games groups, better search, more accessibility options, and the ability to save more than one Wi-Fi password on an Xbox One console.

It’s important to note though that while this update adds support for these features, some of them may not be enabled immediately and could appear days or weeks from now.

Here’s the official list of new features with this update.

Group Your Games and Apps

With so much content available, fans have asked for more options to organize libraries of games and apps.  Today, we’re introducing a powerful new enhancement to Pins, which we call “Groups.” With Groups, you can create multiple collections of content made up of anything from within My Games & Apps. You can also assign custom names to each Group, organize and order them, and add individual Groups to Home. Groups will appear across My Games & Apps, Home and Guide, so you’ll be able to access your Groups at a moment’s notice. Best of all, Groups are tied to your Xbox Live account, so they will automatically sync across multiple Xbox One consoles. We’ve started you off with a Group that should look very familiar — your Pins!

Improved Search Functionality

Searching for content is now even easier!  Now pressing the Y button anywhere in the dashboard will bring up the search dialog.  This process is found in many apps, but now you can do it anywhere within the dashboard.  Not seeing enough results for your search? Hit enter or click the “more results” button to view a full page for your search results.

Multiple Wi-Fi passwords

The team at Xbox wants to enable gamers to hop online and play with ease.  This feature enables users to store multiple Wi-Fi passwords on their console.  This will make jumping between networks even easier and give you even more reasons to pack your Xbox on your next vacation!

Additional Accessibility Options

The Narrator feature on Xbox One now supports five additional languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. We’re also adding an Australian version of English language for Narrator, so Australian users will no longer have to select US or UK English in order to use Narrator.

Improvements to Family Settings

New features will allow for the right experience for child accounts.

Experiments

A subset of Xbox Insiders may see some experimental features in addition to what’s listed above.  These are designed to gauge interest and solicit feedback from a more focused group.  For example, some users will be able to share game-specific stats amongst your friends right on your home page.  While others may find greater functionality within Clubs.

This update also fixes a variety of issues affecting Game DVR, Groups, Microsoft Edge, and system performance.

Have you installed this update yet? Let us know what you think of these new features in the comments below and don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for more Xbox One content.

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