A new Xbox update makes it possible to use noise cancellation with Xbox Party Chat starting today. Also, users can launch games via shared screenshots and game recordings.
The update is rolling out today for Xbox Series X and S. The biggest change is the addition of noise cancellation in the Party Chat. That option is turned on automatically and suppresses certain background noises, such as breathing and button clicking.
Users can disable the feature, for example if they want to listen to music in the background, by navigating to Parties & Chats in the Xbox guide, going to options and turning off ‘Noise suppression’ there. Xbox says the feature is coming to other devices as well.
Also new is the possibility to join a game via mobile and PC via the shared screenshots and game recordings of friends. This is done via cloud gaming, and only works with supported devices.
For example, users can open a screenshot of Forza Horizon 5 in a browser and dive straight into the game by clicking the ‘Play’ button. Some games require Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to enable cloud gaming.