Microsoft: New Xbox One update preview "in next few days"

With a string of updates already under its belt, the Xbox One has been quietly getting better and better in recent months. By all accounts, it seems the Xbox One hasn't been selling in quite the same volumes as the PlayStation 4 so far, but Microsoft is working hard to boost the appeal of its next-gen console. 

The next update is already in the works and, for those enrolled in the Xbox One update preview program, the wait will soon be over. Microsoft today revealed details of the latest update to those on the program, promising that "the next wave of preview updates will start rolling out in the next few days". 

According to Microsoft, the next update (1404, or 'the April update') will differ from earlier previews, running for a longer period than normal. In fact, the 1404 preview may consist of two or more releases, with new features being added in later preview builds. 

Microsoft was also good enough to share details of what to expect in the later 1404 update previews: 

  • Game + app saves + updates - See status of game saves with progress bar + easily see games/apps that are being updated or have been updated recently 
  • Improvements to Friends - Notification for friend/favorite sign-in to Xbox Live. Friends in multiplayer identified in friends list. New ability to view most popular apps of friends 
  • Blu-Ray 50Hz video output support - Intended to fix video playback issues experienced by some European users 
  • Kinect - Unspecified 'voice and motion improvements' 
  • GameDVR - Better video quality 
  • Device management issues - Fixes to correct unspecified problems with "controlling TVs, set top boxes and receivers" 
  • Audio - Improved support for volume adjustment when using Kinect in communications 

Nothing too wild then, but all improvements are welcome, after all. And don't forget, all these small but lovely enhancements will be available for you to enjoy (if you're on the preview program) within the next week or so. 

Source: Xbox Forums (for update preview program users only) | Thanks to AJ for the tip!

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I used to be in the beta programs for the 360 but seem to have been left out on the one, is there a site I can go to get re-enrolled??

No, MS sent out XBL messages inviting members to register. After registering there was a selection process to gain access. Anyone currently in the preview can forward your gamertag to the relevant preview forum on Xbox.com for a chance to get involved though.

Got this update when I got in this morning, booted it up and nothing major was noticed. Kinect does seem much better.

Enron said,

I want that and playing music in the background.


Don't even get me started on background music. The 360 could do it in 2005, with muting the relevant parts of the game.

Enron said,

I want that and playing music in the background.

My two must haves also. Yes i know i don't neeeed external drive support but my OCD cries out for me to keep all the games on an external!

I noticed my voice commands went from working 50% during tv play and loud noise to like 98% now after update.

The only update i want to see is a solid way to access my network drive and play movies and music off of it but playing from external would be "enough" to make me happy.

MikeChipshop said,
Totally forgot that. Streaming across the network is a must.

Agreed. This is the one reason my 360 is powered on more often than my ONE.

Fair play to Microsoft they are pumping these updates out fast improving on features gamers might notice.

Sony has pushed out absolutely nothing of significance since the console launched, except maybe headset support. They've really sat on their laurels after such a good start.

DeltaXray said,
Fair play to Microsoft they are pumping these updates out fast improving on features gamers might notice.

Sony has pushed out absolutely nothing of significance since the console launched, except maybe headset support. They've really sat on their laurels after such a good start.

You know I like my ps3 and ps4 but sony never had anything exciting in a single update i can remember. In fact sony removed more "major" features than added on the ps3. With what ms has shown me with the 360 I feel every bit confident the xbox one is going to be twice as good of a console by the end of this year software wise and only improve more as we go. Sony just hasn't given me the confidence in updates though they are just a game console and the games run just fine so pumping out good quality games is enough for them. Not to mention sony fanboys are rabbid like apple fanboys so they dont really have to worry about upsetting them.

Houtei said,
You know I like my ps3 and ps4 but sony never had anything exciting in a single update i can remember. In fact sony removed more "major" features than added on the ps3. With what ms has shown me with the 360 I feel every bit confident the xbox one is going to be twice as good of a console by the end of this year software wise and only improve more as we go. Sony just hasn't given me the confidence in updates though they are just a game console and the games run just fine so pumping out good quality games is enough for them. Not to mention sony fanboys are rabbid like apple fanboys so they dont really have to worry about upsetting them.

Not just that but in Canada bumped the price up CA$50.

I'd like a killer game that doesn't involve running around and shooting aka COD style.
Maybe an Xbox Mario clone or something, I dunno, just something other than the same old running around shooting bilge.
I really want to hand over my hard earned English £££'s, but I just don't see any reason to get one right now.

surreyguy said,
I'd like a killer game that doesn't involve running around and shooting aka COD style.
Maybe an Xbox Mario clone or something, I dunno, just something other than the same old running around shooting bilge.
I really want to hand over my hard earned English £££'s, but I just don't see any reason to get one right now.

I get the sense you don't like Titanfall? I Think its a bit disingenuous to suggest its like CoD. The only similarity is that its an FPS. I hate CoD but love Titanfall. I see where you're coming from though, having a killer game that's not an FPS would be good.

surreyguy said,
I'd like a killer game that doesn't involve running around and shooting aka COD style.
Maybe an Xbox Mario clone or something, I dunno, just something other than the same old running around shooting bilge.
I really want to hand over my hard earned English £££'s, but I just don't see any reason to get one right now.

There's more in the works, they keep hinting at it, but we'll have to wait and see what they show us at E3 it seems.

watkinsx2 said,

I get the sense you don't like Titanfall? I Think its a bit disingenuous to suggest its like CoD. The only similarity is that its an FPS. I hate CoD but love Titanfall. I see where you're coming from though, having a killer game that's not an FPS would be good.

I'm really enjoying Titanfall but to suggest it's anything other than COD with freerunning and mechs is a bit...wrong.

MikeChipshop said,

I'm really enjoying Titanfall but to suggest it's anything other than COD with freerunning and mechs is a bit...wrong.

Why does it seem like these days if any new game is similar play style to any older game thats the slightest bit popular "ITS A COD CLONE!" or "ITS A WOW CLONE". Please games have been around for so long that just about anything you create is just a new take on something already done. To suggest its anything other than titanfall is a bit... wrong and people just need to get over the fact that every game out that has similarities to 50 games before it.

Houtei said,
Why does it seem like these days if any new game is similar play style to any older game thats the slightest bit popular "ITS A COD CLONE!" or "ITS A WOW CLONE". Please games have been around for so long that just about anything you create is just a new take on something already done. To suggest its anything other than titanfall is a bit... wrong and people just need to get over the fact that every game out that has similarities to 50 games before it.

No. It's looks and feels EXACTLY like COD.

I just want the ability to set a different background colour other than black, or even shockingly use one of my own images as a background, like the Xbox 360 could do from day one...

I really cant stand white text on a black background, i find it so difficult to read. (i realise im probably in a minority here)

XorpiZ said,
3D is just a gimmick. External storage would be nice, though.

While I would tend to agree (on both points) one of my brothers has 3D on his TV and he loves it.