Latest Xbox One test update is rolling out slowly, for a reason

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How to use Windows 10’s Game DVR to record videos of your PC gaming.

The new code, dubbed build 10547, has quite a lot to it, including improvements to the Start Menu, better Cortana coverage, and a number of app updates.

Later this month, Redmond will release a new Xbox Beta app for Windows 10 that allows select users to preview future app updates before they reach the public. “The Xbox Beta app program gives fans an opportunity to provide early input on features and enhancements … helping us shape the product based on fan feedback,” Xbox Live’s Larry Hryb wrote in a blog post. Microsoft hasn’t given a specific release date, nor has it said which features will be available at first. (We can speculate on a couple future possibilities, such as downloading over-the-air DVR shows from an Xbox One for offline viewing, and streaming PC games to an Xbox One console .) Before the launch of Windows 10 in July, users were able to test the work-in-progress Xbox app through the Windows 10 Insider Preview . With Windows 10’s Game DVR feature, you can easily record your gaming exploits and share with your Xbox-using friends—all without downloading and installing additional software like Nvidia’s ShadowPlay or OBS. While Microsoft has a long history of publicly testing programs such as Office and Windows before an official launch, the idea of ongoing preview or beta tracks is fairly new.

If you haven’t used the Xbox app before or don’t own an Xbox console, you’ll need to first set up a gamertag—basically, your Xbox screen name. And while Nintendo NTDOY -1.69% still owns the portable gaming hardware market, it’s seen the growth of tablets and smartphones eat into its business. Just ask Robbie Bach, who spent 22 years at Microsoft MSFT -1.74% , including a decade leading the video game division as chief Xbox officer (and has also recently written a book about the strategy Microsoft employed to successfully enter the video game market dominated by Nintendo and Sony). Still, there’s plenty of room for minor tweaks—an update this month adds game progress comparison with friends, and real-time activity feed updates—along with major features such as cross-platform play. This allowed Nintendo to ultimately sell over 101 million pieces of hardware, compared to the approximately 84 million PS3s and Xbox 360s that Sony and Microsoft sold lifetime.

One of the reasons Bach and his team at Microsoft weren’t focusing on Nintendo is because its previous console, the GameCube, was considered a flop. In November, Microsoft will introduce “a completely re-imagined Xbox One, inspired by your feedback, [which] brings the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever.” If you’re particularly proud of your gaming triumph, click Share to share your clip with other Xbox users: Once uploaded, your clip will appear under the Shared tab. Nintendo has sold over 154 million Nintendo DS portable devices since 2004 and an additional 54 million Nintendo 3DS portables since 2011. “That market has become a lot more challenging because of smartphones, and their Wii U console frankly hasn’t caught on as well as they would like,” Bach says. “So you have a fabulous and amazing creative company that had incredible franchises, but doesn’t have a strong platform right now to develop for.

You can set your own keyboard shortcuts for Game DVR features, change the maximum length of each recording (one hour, two hours, or 30 minutes), and change the video quality. You can also set the Game DVR to automatically run in the background when you’re playing a game, which activates the ability to press Win + Alt + G to automatically save the last 30 seconds of gameplay—a nifty feature for when you just pulled off an astounding move spur-of-the-moment.

They’re going to have to figure out either how to expand the number of platforms that they develop for, which would be a major change and would be risky, or they have to get into a cycle where their own Nintendo platforms evolve in a way that enables their games to get better coverage.” Nintendo is making a change in the portable market with its strategic partnership with Japanese mobile game publisher DeNA, which will see original games designed for smartphones and tablets featuring Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, and other popular characters. Interactive Entertainment (LEGO Dimensions), and Disney Interactive (Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars), neither Sony nor Microsoft are competing directly. “This does speak to something about Nintendo that’s different than Sony or Microsoft,” Bach says. “Sony is a consumer electronics company and Microsoft is a digital PC electronics company. There may be an opportunity there for them to invest in what is essentially a core attribute of what they do (toys), and it may create an opportunity for the company that’s unique and separates them from Microsoft and Sony.”

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