Microsoft now rolling out May Xbox One system update to all consoles

Microsoft has begun the rollout of its latest system update for its Xbox One console to all owners of the device. The May update was previously released to a select few testers as part of Microsoft's early access program.

The announcement of the rollout was made earlier this morning by Microsoft's director of Xbox Live programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb on his Twitter page. As previously announced, this latest download will add a new sound mixer to the Xbox One, which will let owners control the volume levels of two apps when using Snap mode. It will also allow users to control the volume levels for the Kinect sensor for chat purposes.

This month's update will include an optional feature in the Settings section that, when enabled, gives the Xbox One a way to collect voice samples via Kinect so the team at Microsoft can use them to help improve the console's voice command experience. Finally, this update will enable owners to immediately download the next update, without having to wait for the customary automatic rollout, when it becomes available.

Microsoft has already announced it plans to update the Xbox One in the near future so that users can navigate the console's menus better with a controller, thanks to the company deciding to release a version of the product without its Kinect sensor.

Source: Major Nelson on Twitter | Image via Microsoft

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Yup, announced for June update. But sadly, it's not really what I was looking for. It's for game/dlc storage only. Since the drives get formatted for the X1, there will be no way to copy content (music/movies) from my PC to the drive for the X1 to use. Maybe some day.

"Microsoft has already announced it plans to update the Xbox One in the near future so that users can navigate the console's menus better with a controller"

I can't believe this wasn't a priority. who designs a game console where the controller is thought of as a second citizen....

neonspark said,
I can't believe this wasn't a priority. who designs a game console where the controller is thought of as a second citizen....
It's not the second citizen. It's just that, in order to keep interface bloat down, many things are actually more easily accessed with voice. Things like Game DVR ("Record that") and channel switching ("Watch Food Network") are very easy to do with voice, but are obviously still reachable with a controller.

MS doesn't give a crap about WMC. Local media file playback? What a joke. Everyone knows subscription-based streaming is the only acceptable form of media consumption now.

willgill said,
Still no Windows Media Center support? Microsoft just keeps giving me reasons not to upgrade.

What sort of support are you looking for? Extender?

Lord Method Man said,
MS doesn't give a crap about WMC. Local media file playback? What a joke. Everyone knows subscription-based streaming is the only acceptable form of media consumption now.

Streaming is a joke. Live content is extremely limited, new content is very limited, old content is limited. Commercials still included. Quality is sub par. It's an add-on for a real TV-subscription not a substitute.

Cable and Sat. companies DVR's are garbage. WMC on the other hand can record up to 12 channels at a time with as much storage as you throw at it. Hands down better than any Directv, Dish, or Comcast DVR.

Oh, by the way, I'm able to stream my WMC remotely to my phone. Yet, the "all-in-one" media solution doesn't have extender support like the 360 had.

Voice Nav is tremendously improved since day one

My biggest beef with XOne so far is the entire implementation of Gestures. I sit about 11 feet from the TV. There is absolutely nothing I can do with Gestures, it's pathetic. I should be able to mute, and control volume, and flip to the next song etc. etc.

Selecting anything by pushing your hand in and out is far from useful, or intuitive and is just a pain in the ass. They should implement some sort of snap feature that would snap your hand to controls so that you don't have to try and hover near them. The potential is huge, the implementation is flawed, big-time.

I now fully expect a bigger, more feature packed, update for June around E3. With how quick they got this out, and how minor it is, they're probably holding back things for June 9th or a bit after and they want to show them off at E3.

Aren't they rolling out a new dashboard update during June which makes it easier to use without kinect integration. That'll probably be a big update in itself.

Crisp said,
Aren't they rolling out a new dashboard update during June which makes it easier to use without kinect integration. That'll probably be a big update in itself.

I don't know how soon they can get that out seeing as how they just decided to change the SKUs, that could be in July. I just figure that with May being out this quick, and on the small side, that they're saving more for June and E3.

George P said,

I don't know how soon they can get that out seeing as how they just decided to change the SKUs, that could be in July. I just figure that with May being out this quick, and on the small side, that they're saving more for June and E3.

Just announced != just decided.

Brandon Live said,

Just announced != just decided.

The talks about it started when Phil took over which hasn't been that long. Who knows how long they took to just think about it before they agreed on the new SKU? I still don't expect any changes for that till July.