Microsoft plans to fix Xbox One's social features in software update

The Xbox One may have sold over three million units in 2013, but that doesn't mean Microsoft is unaware of issues that have been brought up by some of its owners. In a chat with Engadget today, Microsoft's Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten says it plans to fix many of the social features in an upcoming system update for the Xbox One.

Whitten seems to agree that many of the social aspects of the Xbox One, such as the multiplayer party system and accessing friends, are either hard to use or hidden compared to the older Xbox 360. He stated:

As a person who's been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it's harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren't right, and I don't like the model. So what I'm trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up. Let's take an update and really go through a big list of what we're hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete.

While there's no word on when the update will be released, the article hints it might be made available in the very near future. In fact, software updates for the Xbox One are supposed to be released quicker than on the Xbox 360, although major updates that add lots of new features will likely be less common.

Source: Engadget | Image via Microsoft

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aviator189 said,
They need to add in storage management/viewing.
I honestly do not know how that feature got overlooked.

It was left out by design. As an always connected console, the local storage is self-managed.

If they hadn't done the 180 on DRM, it wouldn't matter. Now, I agree, the feature should be added.

You can still fill it up with game installs online or not. I'm pretty sure it's the transient storage. Like right now I have a huge list of game DVR videos but none of them are "saved" which I assume means they'll stick around until storage hits 100% and then be removed as needed least recently accessed first. The more apps that come out, the more likely there will be more of these types of files. Performance wise you want you disk to sit around 100% all the time which would be confusing to people that don't understand how automatic storage management works.

Mr. Hand said,
....

Agreed.
Transient storage that uses a Least Used / First Out algorithm to control the storage would be fine for most of us, but hard for average joe to wrap his head around.

I cant wait for this. I have had some issues with the party system with it not working sometimes and this will be a very welcome update.

Yet again, MS just PLANS something, they dont actually DO something. Guys, dont expect it to happen sooner than -lets say- in the next 6-9 months. And thats just a very optimistic forecast.

soder said,
Yet again, MS just PLANS something, they dont actually DO something. Guys, dont expect it to happen sooner than -lets say- in the next 6-9 months. And thats just a very optimistic forecast.

Well, of course they aren't going to release something right away.
Developing software updates does take time.

soder said,
Yet again, MS just PLANS something, they dont actually DO something. Guys, dont expect it to happen sooner than -lets say- in the next 6-9 months. And thats just a very optimistic forecast.

Depends, Microsoft has shown it's very receptive with customer feedback / backlash with the X1.

If your thinking the Windows 8 situation, it's a different division at Microsoft.

Mr. Hand said,
Games or movies? It's kind of a passing fad either way.

whilst i agree, i'd still like to watch 3d gravity on bluray

Actually I'd get more use out of a youtube app with 3D. There are some cool 3D videos show up there. I like some 3D short format but can't watch a whole movie even with the light weight polarized glasses with the Vizio. I can always use the youtube app in the TV but I can't talk to that and have to find the remote. (first world problems)

can they add dolby digital 5.1 via optical, 3d bluray, dnla and the skype bug where it sometimes hangs when loading. Thanks!

glen8 said,
can they add dolby digital 5.1 via optical, 3d bluray, dnla and the skype bug where it sometimes hangs when loading. Thanks!

You can use 5.1ch or 7.2ch via the settings on HDMI ( Don't know about dig-optical )

JonnyLH said,
What I don't understand is why people are really pushing for Dolby when you can get UNCOMPRESSED 5.1?

Because a lot of headsets support Dolby only over optical. Without it you can only get stereo sound.

JonnyLH said,
What I don't understand is why people are really pushing for Dolby when you can get UNCOMPRESSED 5.1?

astaro mixamp?

Allanmark said,

Because a lot of headsets support Dolby only over optical. Without it you can only get stereo sound.

In headphones?

People just heard not having the ancient Dolby encoding as an "issue" so people desperately searching for something to complain about bring it up. The only thing you need with dolby digital is a decoder for old cable systems and DVDs. There's absolutely no reason to encode new content.

I have a SkyHD box which outputs DD 5.1 via HDMI. This is going into the HDMI Input on the Xbox. My AV Receiver only has an Optical input (yeah need to buy a new one) so without the DD 5.1 patch from MS. How can I get 5.1?

does the xbox take the DD 5.1 coming in through HDMI and convert it to DTS before sending out through the optical, or...as I expect, it will simply be stereo?

Thanks!

I've had a right game trying to get 5.1 Uncompressed to work through my TV via optical to my amp. Although my amp is pretty old which might not help!

I've not been able to get any surround sound working so far! Where as the 360 works great! I'm hoping the Dolby patch when it comes will help.

You do need to have equipment from the last decade at least just as you need a modern TV. For you average user, I'd recommend the Denon AVR-E300 if you have a 5.1 setup and all your inputs have HDMI available. As far as converting the Dolby to DTS, I have no idea, but I would think it could as it does the encoding for games. Just plug it in and see.

JonnyLH said,
What I don't understand is why people are really pushing for Dolby when you can get UNCOMPRESSED 5.1?

The device they sending the stream too may not have the ability to decode PCM.
If the X1 decoded the PCM before sending on optical out, more devices would be compatible.