The March Xbox update is now available, and it includes a few new capabilities for Microsoft’s systems. Players of the Xbox X/S series can now save two games to the Quick Resume collection.
For those who, like myself, love a quick round of Halo Infinite multiplayer or a Forza Horizon 5 racing when facing an Elden Ring monster, this feature may come in handy. Make things easier for yourself by pinning a few games to Quick Resumption (by hitting the menu button when highlighting a game tile).
If you pin a game to a group, it will remain there until you actively remove it or the game requires an update. The console will ask you which one you’d like to remove first to add another pin.
For those who rarely use the Share button, changing its function can be a way to get more out of it. Reassigning a different function to the button will allow you to do things like turn the volume down, show your friends and achievements, or even bring up the search function. According to Microsoft, the Xbox Accessories app has additional actions accessible for Elite Series 2 Controllers, Xbox Adaptive Controllers, and other devices. There’s also a firmware upgrade for Xbox controllers, which should help with Bluetooth functionality for Xbox One controllers, among other things.
A new audio setup wizard is also available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. Under “volume and audio output,” you’ll see this option. It’s a fantastic place to start when arranging your speakers.
8Bitdo is launching a $45 Xbox gamepad with professional functionality.
Many Xbox-specific 8BitDo accessories have been released throughout the years, including a Cloud Gaming Controller and a set of remotes for use with Microsoft’s Series X/S consoles. Additionally, a new asymmetrical stick layout controller is now available for the first time.
The Ultimate Wired Controller comes in two colors: black or white and has a full set of Xbox-specific face buttons. 8BitDo’s Ultimate Software for Xbox, Windows 10, Android, and iOS allows you to personalize the rear-facing paddle buttons. A built-in headphone port and haptic feedback are also included.
There are no Bluetooth or 2.4GHz connections supplied, but the USB cable that comes with the device is 9.84 feet long. The Ultimate Wired Controller retails for $45, making it a bargain. Of course, we’ll have to put it through its paces, but the business has already produced some excellent controllers.