Microsoft has announced Xbox September Update for the Xbox One and Series consoles, and it comes with some really nice and handy features.
The Xbox September Update lets you customize the color of the Xbox button on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, get organized with a complete library overhaul, and enjoy new storage and default installation options.
When it comes to color on your Series 2 controller, you can choose from a wide range of colors that combine red, blue and green LEDs to produce over 16 million shades of light. Not a bad number of choices.
To configure the button settings, open the Xbox Accessories app on your console or PC while the controller is connected, select an existing profile or create a new one, then select the Color tab to see the full range of color options. From here you can even change the brightness, use the menu sliders to see all the color options, or use a hex code to create the exact color you want. Just make sure the latest version of the Xbox Accessories app is installed with the September Xbox Update.
With a revamped library, it’s now easier to access games and apps on your Xbox One or Xbox Series console. That’s because the My Games view and the Full Library app have been redesigned, so they now show all the games you own, as well as all the games you have access to with your current subscriptions and Games with Gold you’ve claimed. You also get easy access to catalogs of your subscriptions, editorial content and all your apps.
The update also lets you choose different default storage locations for your games and apps. To access this, in the storage device settings, select Change installation locations if you have external drives or a storage expansion card attached. You can choose a specific drive as the installation location or “Let Xbox decide” where to install content for the fastest drive with available space.
With the update, the Xbox Game Bar on PC now lets you get a share link for any capture you want, allowing you to share via SMS, WhatsApp, Twitter, Messenger, and more. If your settings are set to Public, anyone who receives your link can see your shared recordings. To record while playing a game, press the Windows logo key + G on your keyboard to open the Xbox Game Bar. If you have an Xbox controller attached to your computer, press the Xbox button. Then click the copy link at the bottom of any selected game footage in the gallery, which loads the footage and provides a link to share.
Party chat noise reduction is also available on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10/11 PCs. Announced last month for the Xbox Series X/S, the option is now available to everyone else. When noise suppression is enabled, you may notice less unwanted noises and interruptions as it helps remove sounds like gamepad clicks, breathing, and background noise from your parties.
There’s also a new “Start Party” button in the Xbox app. This means you no longer have to create a party from scratch every time. Just look for the Parties option under the Social tab, browse through the list of recent parties and start over from there – or simply create a new one by selecting the friends you want to invite.
And finally, although not part of this update, it was reported that last month’s update removed the one-time online verification that would occur when an Xbox One disc was inserted into an Xbox Series X console.
Apparently, Microsoft removed the check for older Xbox One titles and opted for Smart Delivery discs. According to Ars Technica, Xbox’s engineering lead confirmed that the removal was included in the 2208 update back in August. However, backwards compatible discs from consoles older than Xbox One still require online access and must be downloaded on newer systems to play.