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Xbox Series X|S update makes it easier to tell what games are next-gen optimized

Microsoft rolled out a a new set of updates for the Xbox Series X, Series S, and One that add new functionality to the systems. The new release makes it easier to tell which games are optimized for next-gen consoles and allows players to preload upcoming Xbox Game Pass titles.

The November update adds a new badge on games that utilize the console’s power. The X|S badge indicates that a game is optimized to run with the latest systems. The Series X|S launched with 30 games that were optimized for the systems, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

The system will now let players know which games use auto HDR, a new feature on the Series X|S. When auto HDR is turned on, it improves the visual quality of a game without developers changing anything on their end. Players will see an Auto HDR tag in the corner of the screen when they open the on-screen guide during a compatible game.

Xbox Game Pass receives a slight tweak. Players can now preinstall games that are coming to the service. Players can head into the “coming soon” tab in the service to see which games support the feature. Players can queue up pre-downloads from the Game Pass mobile app.

There are a few more quality of life improvements in the update. A new activity tab shows information about whatever game is running, such as achievement data or friend list activity. Players can now add family members to their account during setup and select new dynamic backgrounds for the Series X|S.

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