Microsoft has announced the release of the October Update for the Xbox Series X|S consoles.
The update brings a number of new features, including the ability to change your TV volume from your Xbox Series X|S consoles, to mute all your startup sounds, improved setup screens to choose and change your home Xbox, an Xbox controller firmware update and more.
You’ll also notice a Search bar has been added to the top of your Xbox console home screen, making it easier to quickly search for games, apps, and media content.
See the full changelog below:
Change your TV volume – New CEC feature for Xbox Series X|S
Xbox Series X|S consoles can use an HDMI feature called Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) to send commands to and from CEC-enabled devices such as TVs that are connected to the console. Starting today, Microsoft is enabling a new feature for Xbox Series X|S consoles connected to TVs over HDMI.
You can now change the TV volume within the audio and music section of the Xbox guide. To get started, press the Xbox button on your controller to pull up the guide and navigate to the Audio & music section, where you’ll see buttons for you to change your TV volume or mute it. This eliminates the need to reach for your TV remote to change the volume mid-game or movie.
Mute your startup audio
Microsoft is adding a fan-requested feature so that you have the option to choose a silent startup experience. Now you’ll be able to customize your settings so that you can mute all sounds when you start up your Xbox. Go to Profile & system > Settings > General > Volume & audio output > Additional options and select Mute startup sounds. You can also now adjust the power chime from this page.
Select or change your home Xbox
Making a console your home Xbox gives friends and family access to your games and content when you’re not signed in. Your home Xbox also lets you play your digital games offline. Microsoft is adding some new setup screens to make it easier for you to select and change your home console when you set up your new Xbox.
Changes to Xbox power mode names
You can configure your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One console to use different power modes, depending on your preference. This month, you’ll notice that Microsoft has updated the information to help you choose the settings that will work best for you and renamed the options. “Standby” is updated to “Sleep” and “Energy saver” is updated to “Shutdown (energy saving)”. To see the power settings for your Xbox, press the Xbox button to open the guide and select Profile & system > Settings > General > Power options.
Xbox passkeys and guest keys are now Xbox PINs
Your Xbox passkey and guest keys are an added layer of security that is tied to your Xbox profile. While Microsoft is updating the names from Xbox passkey and Xbox guest key to Xbox PIN and Xbox guest PIN, nothing else changes except the name. You can use your PIN with any Xbox console that you sign in to and limit access to things like purchases and parental controls.
Xbox controller firmware update
Keeping your controller updated with the latest software maximizes your controller’s capabilities and compatibility. Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out a firmware update that includes bug fixes for USB flight sticks that connect to the Xbox Adaptive Controller and additional bug fixes for the following Xbox controllers:
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
- Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controllers
- Xbox Adaptive Controllers
- Xbox One Wireless Controllers with Bluetooth support
You can update your controller wirelessly or with a USB connection.
Xbox app – trim the length of your video clips
Is there an epic gaming moment you want to save and share? Now you’ll be able to trim the length of your Xbox gaming video clips with the Xbox app for Android and iOS. To get started, go to Library > Captures and select any of your clips. You’ll be able to adjust the start and end of the clip and then share it with your friends. Video trimming in the Xbox app will start rolling out today and be available for everyone soon.
Xbox Game Bar – share to Medal.tv and edit your clips
Xbox Game Bar works with most PC games on your Windows 11/10 PC, giving you instant access to widgets for screen capture and sharing—all without leaving your game. You can now directly import any clips you captured with Xbox Game Bar to Medal.tv where you can edit, post and share your favorite gaming moments.
While playing a game, press the Windows logo key + G on your keyboard to open Xbox Game Bar. If you have an Xbox controller plugged into your PC, press the Xbox button. In Captures > See all my captures you can select a clip and then “Share to Medal.tv”.
Microsoft says they are always listening and looking for ways to improve Xbox experiences for gamers around the world.