It’s been in the works for some time, but it begins to roll out live starting tonight. As Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has announced via his blog, some major Xbox One infrastructure upgrades are coming to the Xbox One, packaged in one update.
Some of the new features coming to Xbox One include:
- Game and app saves and updates: A game save progress bar has been added to show the status of game saves and app updates, allowing users to better understand how up-to-date their favorite games and services are.
- Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign into Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements: Aimed at increasing the Kinect’s functionality by making it more reliable, read gestures properly and negate non-hand objects that previously triggered gesture commands.
- Improved GameDVR video quality.
- Upgraded Blu-ray player support: The Xbox One’s Blu-Ray player will now produce a 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz.
- Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates: Intended to upgrade the stability of wireless controllers, as well as reduce audio static for headsets.
- Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. This means that if you have Instant On mode for your Xbox One, future updates in standby mode will occur, then return the console back to stand by. No more cold booting the console after future updates.
It’s great to see that the Xbox One is getting basic functionalities restored to the console. It made little sense to not know when your friends came online, especially when the Xbox 360 was widely regarded as the superior gaming network to grace the consoles of the last generation of gaming devices. Plus, having an update on demand option allows for less downtime and more fun playing games (which is what a games console should be all about).
Look out for the Xbox One update to roll out to consoles tonight, although it could be a day or two to reach all consoles worldwide.
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