You no longer have to feel self-conscious about your breathing bothering your friends in Xbox party chat, as a new update has introduced a background noise suppression feature.
Party Chat noise suppression launches today for Xbox Series X and S, with other devices coming “soon”. The feature is enabled by default, so you should hear a lot less breathing, button clicks, and air conditioning the next time you start a party.
If you do I want to hear noise in the background (the official blog (opens in a new tab) gives music as an example) you can quickly disable noise suppression from the parties and chats section of the guide menu.
Xbox also announced another nifty feature along with the update to party chat. For some games, you will now be able to play a cloud version directly from a screenshot or video clip. So if a friend posts a particularly cool Forza Horizon 5 cheat, for example, you’ll be able to play that section for yourself right from a browser.
Earlier today, Xbox announced a new version of the Elite Series 2 controller, which comes in white and offers fewer accessories for a cheaper price. The company also said that newer versions of the Elite Series 2 pad are “more reliable” than previous ones, suggesting they’re getting a handle on reported quality control issues.
There is also drama surrounding the Xbox brand today as PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has criticized Xbox’s offer to keep Call of Duty cross-platformcalling it “inadequate on many levels”.