New Xbox One preview build brings new features and bug fixes to Preview Alpha participants

Laurent Giret

Xbox One

The Xbox team announced that it has started to roll out a new Xbox One preview build to select Preview Alpha members. If you’ve been following the news about the new Xbox Insider Program recently, you may be aware that the Preview Alpha ring is quite similar to the Windows 10 Insider’s Fast Ring, except that it only accepts users who provide the most useful feedback to the Xbox team.

This new preview build brings improvements to automatic updates, the achievement tracker and Cortana, but Preview Alpha participants should also know that some known issues which were already present in the previous build have not been fixed yet. The new OS version is rs_xbox_dev_flight.170201-2341 and you can find below the detailed changelog that Xbox staff member Brad Rossetti published on Reddit:


  • Automatic Updates: You can now enable automatic updates independently from your console’s power mode (Instant-On or Energy-saving). To enable automatic updates, navigate to the new updates interface in Settings > System > Updates. Consoles in Energy-saving Mode will download any available updates at shut down. For consoles in Instant-On mode, the experience remains the same.
  • Achievement Tracker: You can now control the transparency level and number of achievements in the achievement tracker.


  • Cortana:  Resolved an issue which caused Cortana to fail to select a profile for sign-in.


  • Cortana: Cortana may be too responsive to phrases which sound like “Hey Cortana”. The development team is continuing to tune and improve this. • Cortana may take a long time to respond when activated while playing certain games. • Scheduled Cortana reminders will not provide a notification if the user who created the reminder is signed in, but not the current active user.
  • Ubisoft Club: When launching the Ubisoft Club app, the screen automatically starts scrolling down, and prevents the user from scrolling back up.
  • Sign-in: With profile sign-in settings set to “Lock it down”, you may be unable to sign-in again after playing a game, then signing out. Workaround: Hard reset the console (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).
  • EA Access: The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.
  • Guide: Microsoft Edge webpages which have been pinned on the Guide Tab fail to launch the webpage.
  • Screen Dimming: The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).
  • Settings – Ease of Access: When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access – Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts. Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).
  • Settings – Display & sound: The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.
  • IGN: The IGN app launches and immediately crashes to Home.
  • Wireless Display: The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

In a separate Reddit post, Rossetti explained that this latest preview build should roll out to Preview Beta members tomorrow or Wednesday “if all goes well.” If you have been selected to get the update, feel free to share with us your experience with this new builds in the comments below.