Xbox news recap: New filtering options on Xbox store, Microsoft launches new Xbox Year in Review and more

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Welcome to our weekly Xbox news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Xbox. Let’s get started.

Xbox Store gets new filtering options

Some big quality of life changes came to Xbox users this week. New filtering options landed on the Xbox Store, letting users start to filter out products by price, star rating, and plenty of other little things that just weren’t there before. The change comes just in time for the Holiday season, and should help people comb through the store to try and find the perfect gift for any gamers in their life.

Microsoft launches the Xbox Year in Review

Microsoft has launched the Xbox Year in Review, an exercise in data tracking for gamers who want to see what they’ve done over 2017. All you need to do is log in to your Xbox account, and the Year in Review will show off how much Gamerscore you’ve earned over the year, what your most played games were, and more. It’s a fun thing to look at if you’re an Xbox fan who’s got a love for data, and the sort of thing that might make you reconsider how many video games you play.

343 Industries partners with MLG

343 Industries, the developers of Halo since Bungie dropped the franchise several years ago, has announced a partnership with Major League Gaming that will help define the future of Halo eSports. The nature of the partnership is so far limited to the Halo Championship Series being hosted through MLG’s “GameBattles” network. With MLG getting its start with Halo: Combat Evolved back in the day, 343 felt that the partnership was a natural progression for the game’s competitive scene.

YouTube on Xbox One gets 4K support

YouTube on Xbox One has been updated to give the app 4K support. The update is only applicable to Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles, with those being the only consoles in the family capable of 4K output in the first place. While the selection of 4K content on YouTube is currently limited, the 4K support should help future-proof the YouTube app for when 4K becomes more commonplace.

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