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Xbox One October Update Brings New Snap Controls, Password Security

by Matt Helgeson on Oct 15, 2014 at 03:00 PM


Microsoft is beginning to roll out a new update that brings some new media functionality, plus a needed tweak to the system's password security.

The biggest change is new controls for the system's sometimes wonky Snap feature. Now, a quick double tap of the Xbox button will bring up a quick menu that allow you to snap, unsnap, or flashback to apps quick -- and record the last 30 seconds of gameplay.

There also some new social features, including the ability to put captions on unlocked Achievements, a friends Achievement activity feed, and a monthly Gamerscore leaderboard.

The system's new media features include a TV miniguide (which quickly pops up on the bottom of the screen), DLNA and MKV streaming support, and the option to have the system go directly to TV on start-up.

Finally, password resets have been made more secure. Now, each time you reset a password, you will need a secondary email or cell phone number to verify the reset. In the video below, Xbox's Major Nelson walks you through all the changes.

[Source: Major Nelson]

Our Take:
I'm really happy about the new Snap features - I was actually struggling with the current controls last night. While not as glamorous, the new password verification system might be the most important part of this update. The last few years have taught us how important it is to take every precaution when it comes to your online accounts.