Microsoft details its next update for the Xbox One

With its E3 2014 presentation now behind it - which focused on games, games and more games - Microsoft is now ready to talk about upcoming improvements for the Xbox One. Today, the company revealed what it has in store for the console in its July update. 

Major Nelson (aka Microsoft's Larry Hryb) announced today what Xbox One owners can expect when the latest update lands in just a few weeks' time.

One feature that they can look forward to was actually revealed at E3, albeit on the 'green carpet' ahead of the big Xbox show. A new Snap Mode for Achievements is on the way, allowing users to view their in-game achievement progress without even having to exit the game. There will even be an option to ask your Xbox to 'Get Help' if you're struggling with any particular achievements, and the console will search the web to bring you tips and assistance. 

You'll also be able to "double-tap the button on your controller to bring up Snap Center", which allows you to launch any app that can be viewed in Snap Mode. If you already have an app snapped, you can also switch between the game and the app by double-tapping. 

There are a few other useful new features coming too, such as the ability to 'like' Game DVR clips, while in certain markets, users will be able to choose voice models in alternative languages, or from other countries, for voice interaction. Additionally, Microsoft is working on enabling "digital bundles and compilation discs offerings", to allow publishers to offer more compelling and high-value offerings of games and downloadable content. 

Source: Major Nelson

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Every time I read one of these articles about new features coming to the xbone, I lose more and more interest. I have never owned or used anything Apple, but I kind of wish they would come out with a game console.

Finally, I remember them showing the original demo using the controller button to switch between main screen and snap, glad this is coming.

Doesn't that already work? When in the main game screen with a snapped app to the right rapidly double tap the big xbox button on the controller to move the focus to the snapped app. You can do the same to move the focus back. It's been in since day one as far as I remember.

As with Media Center Extender functionality, I'm not convinced they will ever add local DLNA support.

Perhaps Microsoft feels that this functionality is used mostly by people who practice torrenting and other illegal content downloads?

Silversee said,
As with Media Center Extender functionality, I'm not convinced they will ever add local DLNA support.

Perhaps Microsoft feels that this functionality is used mostly by people who practice torrenting and other illegal content downloads?

That's what I'm believing. I used to want to use Vuze to make MKV files encode to my Xbox 360. And it was always illegal. Now I just don't see the point when you can just rent for cheap like you go to the theaters.

Mr.XXIV said,
Priorities list from gaming to media. Chill. And you realize the Xbox has an HDMI-in, try to make use of that.

LOL my TV has more than 1 HDMI input. If I want to watch something that I have to hook up through HDMI I'd just hook it up through HDMI.

mrp04 said,

LOL my TV has more than 1 HDMI input. If I want to watch something that I have to hook up through HDMI I'd just hook it up through HDMI.

You just spoke so highly as if you're the only one with more than one HDMI port, what's wrong with you?

Instead of acting so modest, think that using the HDMI-in on the Xbox One, you can watch a movie and still snap the screen. I swear..

And it's not just about streaming "illegal content". I have a media server that all of my songs, pictures, and videos are on. Some are home videos, others are backups of my own BR's. No matter what it is, the 360 was able to see the server and stream all of my content. I upgraded to the One and lost functionality.

Mr.XXIV said,

You just spoke so highly as if you're the only one with more than one HDMI port, what's wrong with you?

Instead of acting so modest, think that using the HDMI-in on the Xbox One, you can watch a movie and still snap the screen. I swear..

No I didn't. Nearly everyone's TV has more than 1 HDMI input. People want DLNA to stream stuff to the box from their computers, not for the snapping feature. When I'm watching stuff I'm WATCHING it and won't have a game or a webpage or some other crap snapped to the side.

mrp04 said,

No I didn't. Nearly everyone's TV has more than 1 HDMI input. People want DLNA to stream stuff to the box from their computers, not for the snapping feature. When I'm watching stuff I'm WATCHING it and won't have a game or a webpage or some other crap snapped to the side.

Who knows, maybe you can bypass the DLNA crap. Apparently, in the comments, on a Mac, there's a way to make it work.

http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-...to_Stream_Video_to_Xbox_One