Microsoft is releasing a new November update for Xbox systems that will make switching controllers between a console and a PC or laptop a lot easier. Instead of needing to go through menus to change connections, the update allows you to double-tap the controller’s pair button to switch between previously connected devices.
This capability has been accessible on newer Xbox Series X / S controllers since last year’s introduction, but with the latest firmware update, it is also available on Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth connectivity and the Xbox Elite 2 controller as well. However, it will only allow you to easily switch between a Bluetooth device and an Xbox console, not between two Xbox consoles.
In addition, the new firmware update brings Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to earlier Xbox One controllers, which minimizes input latency on controllers linked to Xbox Series X / S consoles to improve gaming responsiveness.
Microsoft is also upgrading audio output settings on all Xbox systems, in addition to the controller modifications. When using a headset, you may now silence speaker audio, which is great if you’re playing late at night and don’t want to wake up your family or neighbors.
This upgrade for Xbox Series X / S consoles also includes new color filters that will aid users with color blindness or color vision deficit. Microsoft is also allowing game creators to identify their titles with up to 20 accessibility features, making it much easier for individuals with disabilities to locate games that enable certain visual, audio, and input modifications. Currently, more than 325 titles are supported, with filtering features coming in the next months.
Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) connectivity is also included in this newest dashboard update, allowing older Xbox One systems to play Xbox Series X titles. The function will be accessible in 25 locations and will require a Game Pass Ultimate membership. A limited number of Xbox customers will be able to check it out with the November update.
The November Xbox update is now available for all Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles from Microsoft.