Here’s what’s good, bad, and ugly in tonight’s new Xbox One Preview Build

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The latest Xbox Preview Build (rs1_xbox_rel_1608.160725-1822) will begin rolling out in a few hours and it will feature a variety of refinements to the current version as well as a few more improvements.

Here are the official notes concerning the changes for the new release. Of note is the information on how being in the Xbox Preview Program affects game purchases (for now) and the inclusion of Microsoft’s SmartScreen security feature:

  • Certain content (games, apps, DLC) purchased in the new Store may only be available on consoles enrolled in the latest Preview update. This means…
  • Games purchased on a console running the latest Preview update can only be played on that console or other consoles running the latest Preview update.
  • Games purchased via can be played on any console.
  • Games purchased on a console running the previous update can be played on any console.
  • Certain parental control features aren’t functioning appropriately in the current build. As a result, we encourage users to exercise caution when letting children access a console that is using the latest Xbox One update until these issues are resolved.
  • We’ve added several settings that are already found on Windows today. These include SmartScreen Filter, which sends URLs you visit in apps to Microsoft to check against a list of potentially harmful sites, and advertising ID, which helps Microsoft present you with more personalized ads in Universal Windows Apps. You can choose to turn these off and manage your preferences for how Xbox One uses your information in Settings.

Here are the official notes on the fixes in this build.

  • My Games & Apps: Resolved an issue which could cause a blank tile to remain after uninstalling a universal app. Resolved an issue which could sometimes cause universal apps to fail to launch.
  • Home Universal app tiles should no longer show up as 0% installation progress on the Home dashboard.

There are some problems that users will still encounter with this build, mostly regarding apps and media on the Xbox One. This is to be expected when taking part in the Xbox Preview Program which is literally used by Microsoft to test for bugs like these. Here are the notes.

  • If a universal app version of an app is available, the version which is not currently installed may appear under Ready to Install (causing what appears to be the same app both installed and in Ready to Install).
  • You may encounter an an installation error (0x800700002) when attempting to install or update universal apps. Workaround: Uninstall and reinstall the app. If you have the app installed on both the internal hard drive and an external hard drive, be sure to uninstall from both.
  • You may be unable to answer calls through Skype notifications.
  • You may experience a “Do you own this game or app?” error when launching or using Netflix if it was installed by another user on the console. Workaround: While signed in as the primary user, uninstall Netflix, navigate to the Store, search for Netflix and select Free to download and install it.
  • When selecting “Add new” to add a new profile, the add profile interface may take up to 30 seconds to appear.
  • If you have pins on your Home to movies, TV shows, or music, they will disappear from Home when that app takes its new app update. The pins for the apps will stay on your Home, easy to get to.
  • Community Calendar Links to the Store in Community Calendar event details do not currently function.

A lot of these features (if not all of them) are expected to roll-out to the general public with the big Xbox One Anniversary Update next month. Are you looking forward to this update? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.