Microsoft begins rollout of March Xbox One software update

As promised a few weeks ago, Microsoft is now rolling out its latest software update for the Xbox One, bringing with it a bunch of new features and improvements to the company's game console.

Microsoft has the details of what's included in the March update on its Xbox Wire site. The download will have a number of improvements for online multiplayer gamers, such as party chats between players turned on by default, a way to access the Xbox One friends list faster and separating which folks are chatting with Xbox One users versus the ones that are actually playing games.

The update also adds 5.1 Dolby Digital sound via the console's optical out, support for the new Xbox One Stereo Headset and Media Remote, new features for Xbox One SmartGlass app owners, Internet Explorer improvements and more. Th e update is rolling out just a few days before the launch of "Titanfall", the long awaited first person shooter that's perhaps the biggest game release yet in the Xbox One's short history.

Microsoft also says that they still plan to put in external hard drive support in a future Xbox One update and the development team is also working to bring more improvements to the console's friends notification features.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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I've been waiting on these improvements, I'm glad they're finally here! If only we could have the option to turn off Kinect gestures, it keeps picking up on random things...

RabbitPunchies said,
I've been waiting on these improvements, I'm glad they're finally here! If only we could have the option to turn off Kinect gestures, it keeps picking up on random things...

"finally here" is an overstatement. Xbox practically gets monthly updates versus Windows Phones or even Windows 8. After Windows Phone 7 came out, it took a very long time until NoDo that gave us just copy and paste. And then it took months after that to get Mango, and that was our only major update we ever got. WP8 doesn't count because it was basically a port of WP7 to Windows NT and we lost features in the process. We are just now getting 8.1, and Windows Phone users are treating it like the holy grail calling it basically WP9.

I don't want to even hear the blame game saying oh the carriers or oh it was Samsung or HTC. No. When we got the preview of Mango and GDR3, we simply updated Windows Phone's OS, we didn't need driver or firmware updates developed by the manufacture and approved by a carrier. They can push OS updates easily. They just don't.

Sionic Ion said,
"finally here" is an overstatement. Xbox practically gets monthly updates
I'm afraid you misunderstand! I was merely saying that I have been waiting for some of these particular improvements in this particular update since my original purchase. I do not dispute the fact that updates come out frequently, however you must understand that these particular features were on the top of my list and were only dealt with in this update.
Enron said,
You can turn off gestures during video playback now I think.
Thank you! I was unaware as I had resorted to disconnecting my Kinect. I shall look into this.

I thought the new 50hz setting would sort my TV problems out but unfortunately it hasn't. I have Sky TV and find the screen goes black for ~10 seconds when switching from a HD to SD channel. Switching from HD to HD is fine. I get occasional sound delays too when switching from dashboard to tv.

huddy said,
I thought the new 50hz setting would sort my TV problems out but unfortunately it hasn't. I have Sky TV and find the screen goes black for ~10 seconds when switching from a HD to SD channel. Switching from HD to HD is fine. I get occasional sound delays too when switching from dashboard to tv.

That is the first i have heard of that as i have been using the 50hz feature in the beta without issue, 1 thing to note for everyone is after each update you need to re enable the 50hz setting.

huddy said,
I thought the new 50hz setting would sort my TV problems out but unfortunately it hasn't. I have Sky TV and find the screen goes black for ~10 seconds when switching from a HD to SD channel. Switching from HD to HD is fine. I get occasional sound delays too when switching from dashboard to tv.

Yeah I have that same problem in the US with ATT U-Verse. Anytime I switch to an SD channel the video feed freezes on a black screen for several seconds. It normally happens when the IR blaster (or receiver on my STB) does something weird and accidentally sends/receives an extra digit as I don't watch any SD channels.

I've seen this happen when my PC was plugged into the Xbox but it seemed to be fixed. I troubleshooted it down to the RGB and colour depth settings which aren't aligning.

huddy said,
I thought the new 50hz setting would sort my TV problems out but unfortunately it hasn't. I have Sky TV and find the screen goes black for ~10 seconds when switching from a HD to SD channel. Switching from HD to HD is fine. I get occasional sound delays too when switching from dashboard to tv.
umm that is a normal issue with most satellite receivers. Directv in the us or sky over there nothing to do with XO. Your receiver is having to change input mode to go from 1080p down to 480. Mine takes 4-8 seconds which is why I disabled sd channels unless it doesn't have a hd counterpart.

No, it's definitely the XBox One. Switching from HD to SD is instant with the satellite box plugged straight into the telly. Chuck the XOne in the middle and you get the 10 second delay.

huddy said,
No, it's definitely the XBox One. Switching from HD to SD is instant with the satellite box plugged straight into the telly. Chuck the XOne in the middle and you get the 10 second delay.

Have you actually tried toggling the display resolution in Sky settings?

I have the exact same problem with U-verse. The SD channels freeze.

With a little troubleshooting I found that if you go into your U-verse box (mines a Motorola) and change the Motorola STB digital audio setting FROM surround sound TO stereo the problem goes away and I can change to any channel without freezing.

The problem with that is I lose surround through my 5.1 stereo. Nope, not gonna happen. I just told the wife if the TV is frozen, put in an HD channel and that usually works.

unfortunately this leave a sour taste. I like the hell out of it but keeping the wife happy I like more. And she is pissed everytime it freezes and that happens when all the HD feeds are being used and it flips itself to a SD feed.

IF you have a Sky HD box make sure the output is set to 1080i and not Auto - this will disable auto switching and may help.

I'm guessing it's going to start feeling "finished" sometime after next fall's update. I'll consider picking one up then, depending on the games situation.

I'm actually more interested in a 1TB model... rumored to come out next fall or next year?

I'm guessing it's going to start feeling "finished" sometime after next fall's update. I'll consider picking one up then, depending on the games situation.

I'm actually more interested in a 1TB model... rumored to come out next fall or next year?

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