Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

New Xbox features in the works; Next Achievements, Do Not Disturb, More

New Xbox features in the works; Next Achievements, Do Not Disturb, More

Your Xbox will eventually get a virtual "do not disturb" sign when a feature coming to the Xbox Insider program makes it to everyone's systems.

The notifications come down your screen so fast and hard you believe in a moment of befuddlement that you've turned on some kind of hardcore Tetris.

Other new features include additional options for shutting down the console. Here's the official release notes.

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There are a few other changes expected to roll out to Xbox One users alongside this, including some new additions to the Guide menu relating to your achievements and the games you're playing. Now in the Alpha ring, the new system update comes with improvements to the Guide, and a key new feature: Do Not Disturb.

The update, version 1802.180105-1503, will soon advance through the various Xbox Insider rings. As well as, see which Achievements you are closest to, and launch the game to obtain them. Sort filters allow you to prioritize next Achievements by closest, most common, rarest, most common rare, and highest Gamerscore.

A miniaturised version of Game Hubs has been added to the Guide. The new feature will let you access content from the games you have recently played without leaving your current session. These Mini Game Hubs contain the same content seen in regular hubs, such as Achievements, friend activity and so on.

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Sometimes all you want to do is avoid all distractions and focus entirely on your game.

We're tweaking the community feed to make it easier to view comments. Now there are one and six hour options, but Microsoft made a decision to add, two, three, four, and five hour options after reviewing feedback from users.

There's a number of features being introduced as part of this update, but the most interesting one is a new online status option called "Do not disturb". They are only enabled for a portion of the Xbox Insider audience members and are meant to gauge interest and collect feedback.

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