Microsoft is rolling out the November update for the Xbox platform, bringing changes to the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One. While there are several changes here, but the biggest one is the ability to switch controllers more easily between PC and console.
Instead of digging through menus, users can now switch devices by double tapping the pair button. A device must previously have been set up for this to work. Microsoft introduced this feature with the Xbox Series X|S already, but it is now making its way to the Xbox One.
However, only for Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth support.
Elsewhere in the new update, Microsoft is adding Dynamic Latency Input DLI to Xbox One controllers. This means latency input is reduced when an Xbox One controller connects to the Xbox Series X or S. For users, the update brings more responsive gameplay.
Microsoft has also made improvements to audio output, with a mute speaker when headset is attached options. This ability is rolling out to all Xbox consoles.
As for the Xbox dashboard, Xbox Cloud Gaming (project xCloud) is now fully integrated.
All-in-all, a solid but unspectacular monthly update for Xbox users. However, November 2021 will be better remembered amongst Xbox players as the month Microsoft decided to end backward compatibility.
Earlier this week, the company announced a final batch of backward compatible games, revealing they would be the last. The company says the headaches around licensing games mean the program will be discontinued six years after its 15 year launch.
“While we continue to stay focused on preserving and enhancing the art form of games, we have reached the limit of our ability to bring new games to the catalog from the past due to licensing, legal and technical constraints,” says Peggy Lo, Xbox compatibility program lead. “Thank you for being part of this journey with us.”