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11 ways to power up your gaming on the Xbox Series X / S

Illustration of an Xbox Series X
Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

If you own an Xbox Series X or an Xbox Series S, and especially if you just got one, you might not spend a whole lot of time on the menu screens before diving into your games — but there are plenty of useful features and options that are worth exploring.

Here, we’ll highlight 11 of the most useful settings that cover everything from screenshots to eye strain to audio output. You can find all of them in the Settings section of the Xbox interface.

Mute notification audio

If you’re listening carefully for important sounds during gameplay, you don’t necessarily want to be distracted by pings from the console’s notification system. To turn these sounds off:

  • Head to General > Volume & audio output > Additional options.
  • Check the Mute…

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