Xbox October 2022 update new features

Xbox consoles are now getting the October update with various new features and improvements, and here's all you need to know.

Xbox October 2022 update
Xbox October 2022 update (Source: Microsoft)
  • The October 2022 update for Xbox consoles rolls out.
  • The update brings new volume controls and the option to mute startup sounds.
  • You will also find tweaks in the settings and mobile app.

Microsoft has begun the gradual rollout of the October 2022 update for Xbox Series X and S consoles with new features and improvements. In addition, the company is also releasing an updated version of the Xbox app for Android and iOS with various changes.

According to the official changes, the Xbox October update brings the ability to disable the console’s startup sounds. You can now control the television’s volume from your Xbox. Microsoft has improved the initial setup wizard, and there’s even a firmware update for the Xbox control.

Xbox October update new features

The Xbox menu will include a new “TV volume” option to control the speaker’s volume through HDMI from the “Audio and Music” section.

Perhaps one of the most interesting changes with the October update is the option to disable the sound that the console plays as it’s booting up.

Xbox mute startup sounds
Xbox mute startup sounds (Source: Microsoft)

You can disable the console’s startup sound from Settings > General > Volume and Audio output > Additional options, and under the “Power and Startup” section, turn off the “Mute startup sounds” option.

Other changes include new names for the power modes. For example, “Standby” has changed to “Sleep,” and “Energy saver” has been renamed to “Shutdown (energy saving).” 

You can choose the power options on Settings > General > Power options.

The passkey and guest keys are an added security layer tied to your profile on Xbox. You can use your PIN with any Xbox console you sign in to and limit access to purchases and parental controls. The feature isn’t changing, but the company updated the names to “Xbox PIN” and “Xbox guest PIN.”

The Xbox controller also has an update that fixes bugs when using the USB flight sticks with the adaptive controller. Also, the company says it will now be easier to set your home Xbox when setting the console.

Finally, the Xbox app for Android and iOS has been updated with features to trim and edit clips.

Xbox app with trim and edit features
Xbox app with trim and edit features (Source: Microsoft)

The Xbox October 2022 update is rolling out now to every console worldwide. However, if you can’t wait until it’s available to you automatically, you can force the update on Settings > System > Updates > Update console and tap the Start update button.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].