New Xbox One Preview Program Update Lets Players Factory Reset Without Losing Games

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Bring back the Snap Achievement App!

A new System update is going live today for those in the Xbox One Preview Program. Whether you’re part of the Preview Program or just curious what updates could be coming to the general public, Microsoft has detailed the upcoming changes in a post on the Xbox forum.

Although there is nothing too outstanding about the update, it does mention the new ability to factory reset your Xbox One and keep your games installed, which could be means to fix various system errors without the need to re-download your software. Microsoft are also bringing back the Achievement Snap App, which was removed a while back to tweak and perfect.

Here are the full details on the system update:


•If your console is in Instant-On mode and you were selected to receive the update, it will download and install the update and reboot to standby.
NOTE: Once the update is available to you (today a majority of Preview users will receive this update but a small group will not), you can manually begin the update by navigating to Settings > System and selecting System Update.
•If your console has been selected to receive the update and hasn’t downloaded and installed the update by 1:00AM PST 3/11/2016, you will be prompted to do so at that time.

OS version released: th2_xb_rel_1603.160306-1900
Available: 6:00PM PST 3/9 (1:00AM GMT 10/3)

New Features:
• Achievements Snap App
Good news! The Achievements Snap app is coming back starting next week. We really appreciate the tons of feedback you’ve given us on removing the app. This situation is exactly what the Preview forum is for. When we make changes, we need your feedback on them before we send them out to the world. Thanks for helping make Xbox great! You can find more information here:

• Factory reset and keep games and apps
A new feature is now available for all of Preview which allows you to factory reset your console while keeping games and apps installed on your internal hard drive. To do this, navigate to Settings > System > Console info & updates > Reset console, and select Reset and keep my games & apps.

New Quest:
• Xbox Chatpad Deal
Give us feedback on purchasing Xbox One accessories from the dashboard in this new Quest accessible from the Xbox Preview Dashboard.

Controller Firmware Update:
• Xbox One Elite Controller
The Xbox One Elite Controller received a firmware update at the beginning of 1603. This update enables configuration of thumbstick sensitivity curves in the Xbox Accessories app.


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