Xbox gets a full library revamp, party chat noise suppression, and more with the September update
Microsoft released Xbox September Update for Xbox One and Series consoles, and it comes with some really nice and convenient features.
The September Update for Xbox lets you customize the color of the Xbox button on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, get organized with a complete library overhaul, and enjoy new storage and default install options.
When it comes to color on your Series 2 controller, you can choose from a wide array of colors that combine red, blue and green LEDs to create over 16 million lights. Not a bad number to choose from.
To configure button settings, open the Xbox Accessories app on your console or PC while the controller is connected, choose an existing profile or create a new one, then select the Color tab to see the full range of color options. From here you can even change the brightness, use the menu sliders to see all the color options, or use hex codes to create the exact color you want. Just make sure the latest version of the Xbox Accessories app is installed alongside the September Xbox Update.
With Library Reorganization, it’s now easier to access games and apps on your Xbox One or Xbox Series console. That’s because the My Games & Apps entire library view has been redesigned, so it now shows all the games you own, as well as any games you have access to with your current subscription and Claimed Games with Gold. You also get easy access to your subscriptions, editorial content, and catalogs of all your apps
The update allows you to select different default storage locations for your games and apps. To access this, in Storage device settings, select Change installation location if you have an external drive or storage expansion card attached. You can select a specific drive as an installation location, or “let Xbox decide” where to install the content for the fastest drive with available space.
With the update, Xbox Game Bar on PC now lets you get a shareable link for any capture you like, allowing you to share via SMS, WhatsApp, Twitter, Messenger and more. If your settings are set to public, anyone who gets your link will be able to see the captures you’ve shared To capture a game while playing, press the Windows logo key + G on your keyboard to open the Xbox Game Bar. If you have an Xbox controller plugged into your PC, press the Xbox button. Then, click the Copy link below any selected gaming capture in the gallery, which uploads the capture and provides a shareable link.
Party Chat Noise Suppression is now available on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10/11 PCs. Announced last month for the Xbox Series X/S, the option is now rolling out to everyone else. With Noise Suppression enabled, you may notice less unwanted sounds and interruptions as it helps eliminate sounds like gamepad clicks, breathing, and background noise from your party.
There’s also a new “Start Party” button in the Xbox app. This means you no longer have to create a party from scratch every time. Just find the Party option in the Social tab, view the list of recent parties and start over from there – or create a new one by selecting which friends you want to invite.
And finally, while not part of this update, it’s being reported that last month’s update removed the one-time online check that would occur when sliding an Xbox One disc into an Xbox Series X console.
Apparently, Microsoft removed the check for older Xbox One titles and opted for Smart Delivery Disc. According to Ars Technica, Xbox’s engineering lead confirmed that the removal was included in the 2208 update in August. That said, backwards-compatible discs from consoles older than the Xbox One still need online access and downloads to be playable on newer systems.