Roku updates historically don’t come with significant visual revisions, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t feature-rich. Like last September’s update, Roku OS 10 aims to add more value to your streaming devices with changes that help you choose the strongest Wi-Fi network, automatic game modes, and much more.
Depending on the functionality on your television, automatic console configuration can enable HDR gaming, Auto Low-Latency Mode, Variable Refresh Rate, High Frame Rate, and THX Certified Game Mode.
Choosing the right Wi-Fi network is another pain point you may run into when setting up your Roku. With many routers offering 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz networks, it is not entirely certain which is the stronger option to stream from Netflix. With automatic network discovery, this problem is a thing of the past.
As seen in the screenshot above, you will be prompted to switch if your Roku device detects an optimal wireless network band. Make sure the password is the same for both networks for easy switching.
With nearly 170 channels available through Roku, the live TV guide can get a bit cluttered. Luckily, with Roku OS 10, you can finally tailor the guide to your ideal viewing experience. This includes hiding channels, grouping channels into favorites, and switching between recently visited channels, favorites and all channels.
Speaking of channels, Roku has worked with various streaming platforms to introduce a new “Instant Resume” functionality. Rather than reopening and waiting for a channel you’ve navigated from to reload, jump right back to where you left off and resume watching what you’re streaming.
Right now, there are just over 15 channels that support Instant Resume, including AT&T TV, FilmRise, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fubo Sports Network, HappyKids TV, Plex.tv, STARZ, and The Roku Channel. More would be on the way.
If you have a Roku Smart Soundbar or are planning to purchase the just-announced Streambar Pro, prepare for a better audio experience. Using the new “Virtual Surround” setting, the sound bars can simulate the audio experience from speakers in your home without the extra hardware.
Finally, several other changes are coming with Roku OS 10. Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit (made available for some 4K players in 2020) are coming to HD Roku streaming devices, voice input is coming to some on-screen keyboards, and HDR10 + support is coming to the market. Ultra (2020), Roku Express 4K and Roku Express 4K +.
Roku OS 10 is rolling out starting today to select players. The firmware upgrade should reach all compatible streaming boxes and Roku TVs in the coming weeks.