Microsoft rolls out latest Xbox One system update with many improvements

Microsoft has let a few Xbox One owners gain access to some upcoming features via its preview program ahead of time but soon, all owners of its latest game console will be able to download and install the latest system update which has quite a few changes.

The Xbox Wire website has the details of what's included in the April update. One of them is the long awaited notification feature which will let Xbox One owners finally see when their friends and favorites sign onto Xbox Live. Any friends who are engaged in multiplayer games will also be identified as such on the friends list.

A game save progress bar will be added after this week's update, along with a way to see which games and apps have recently been updated. Also, after this week, any future updates for consoles in 'Instant On' mode will happen automatically and there will be an option to immediately download one if it is available.

Microsoft continues to improve how the Xbox One's Kinect device works and this update offers some fine tuning for both its voice and gesture controls. There's also some controller and headset firmware improvements in this download and the console's Game DVR feature will soon offer better video quality. Finally, the Blu-Ray player will support 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. The update will be made available for all Xbox One owners over the course of the next few days.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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Do you have any friends marked as favourites? By default it is set to only notify on favourite users.

It has been working Ok for me, but of course you don't know when people come online and it doesn't tell you to know it isn't working :)

IRB said,
Do you have any friends marked as favourites? By default it is set to only notify on favourite users.

It has been working Ok for me, but of course you don't know when people come online and it doesn't tell you to know it isn't working :)

Same here, been fine.

This kind of iterative software update process is great, and a lot of Microsoft products are benefiting from the new approach. It's a shame a lot of people don't know how to appreciate it, and are stuck in a pre-connectivity mindset where they want everything to just be a "finished" product from day one.

Joshie said,
This kind of iterative software update process is great, and a lot of Microsoft products are benefiting from the new approach. It's a shame a lot of people don't know how to appreciate it, and are stuck in a pre-connectivity mindset where they want everything to just be a "finished" product from day one.

While I agree (And with software nothing's really ever "finished"), some things were obvious features that should have been there. Of course the changes that they had to make to the OS before release certainly impacted what they were able to complete as well...

M_Lyons10 said,

While I agree (And with software nothing's really ever "finished"), some things were obvious features that should have been there. Of course the changes that they had to make to the OS before release certainly impacted what they were able to complete as well...

It can always be flipped around, though. If they had a stable, low-bug count product ready for launch (and that's always the goal of lean/agile, right? every iteration being a 'potentially shippable product'), with nothing left to work on but software, and it was part of the plan to continuously improve and update it, why not just go ahead and launch it?

Ultimately technology is remembered for its final form, anyway. Steam was loathed and reviled on day one, and only after dramatic changes that left it completely different from what it began is did it finally defeat the Flying Spaghetti Monster to become the new deity for snarky internet dwellers everywhere.

Windows XP was atrocious and panned as a kid's toy, with NT-loyal refusing to leave 2k, and gamers refusing to leave 98. By the time SP3 came along and it became a more modded OS than practically Linux, it was great and that final form is the only form anyone cares to think about.

The PS3 launch version was an overpriced brick whose fanbase couldn't think of any other selling point than "You need a blu-ray player anyway, right?" And good thing you did, because for the first 2/3 of its life, its game library was pretty meh, and god help you if you were into JRPGs. Only when it was on its death bed did it suddenly and inexplicably get a handful of high profile, hyped Japanese games, and suddenly it was the console everybody loved and had to have.

We hate everything on day one. We'll probably like everything by the time it's off the market. But we're a bunch of foot stamping toddlers who don't have enough braincells to see it coming in advance and move on to a better product model that embraces the fact that modern products evolve during their lifespan.

The funny thing is, it really *does* end up giving us better products this way, and the best way to commercially support the new model is probably actually subscription ownership. And yet, this brings out the new-old-man sitting in his rocking chair on his front porch, shaking his fist at young'ns and complaining about how he wants to pay once and just "own" something, because it's how things worked back when technology sucked a whole lot more, but dammit it's the way it was "and we LIKED it!"

Edited by Joshie, Apr 15 2014, 4:39pm :

Joshie said,
But we're a bunch of foot stamping toddlers who don't have enough braincells to see it coming in advance and move on to a better product model that embraces the fact that modern products evolve during their lifespan.
You're basically right, except there are so many instances where companies chasing a quick buck have abandoned even good products way too soon and pushed the next incremental hardware update just to trap a few more gullible and/or unfortunate souls. I for one am still not ready to trust HTC till they prove that they are willing to properly support and update their phones for a decent length of time. Also, expectations vary depending upon how much you invest in something. Sure that $500 spread over say 5-7 years may be a good investment provided they keep updating the software and making it better and people get to enjoy great games sooner rather than later, but users will expect a certain amount of fit and polish even on day 1 when they're shelling out that much for something.

Edited by Romero, Apr 16 2014, 4:47am :

Still no Windows Media Center extender? Pffft. And they market the One as your living room device. When is the Two coming out?

willgill said,
Still no Windows Media Center extender? Pffft. And they market the One as your living room device. When is the Two coming out?

Media center is being retired, is never coming

willgill said,
Still no Windows Media Center extender? Pffft. And they market the One as your living room device. When is the Two coming out?

WMC is not coming. I'm looking forward to PLEX though, it's a third party app.

My point was that there aren't any games that interest me at the moment. Both new consoles are sorely lacking in exclusives.

spacer said,
My point was that there aren't any games that interest me at the moment. Both new consoles are sorely lacking in exclusives.

I guess I kinda agree but I think Forza 5 is exclusive and is incredible. So it Titanfall. I don;t know if Dead Rising 3 is but graphics are great and it's tons of fun. I also love Sports Rivals. Personal taste I guess.

I'm still waiting for true DLNA support. The fact that my 360 could see my network storage and stream from it and my One can't is crazy. Going to my computer in the office to tell it to "Play to..." is so backwards.

VoodooHellfire said,
I'm still waiting for true DLNA support. The fact that my 360 could see my network storage and stream from it and my One can't is crazy. Going to my computer in the office to tell it to "Play to..." is so backwards.

Same here. My home server is out the side door, down the garden path, through the office and doesn't have anything in the way of mouse or keyboard connected to it. Makes it a bit of a chore to be honest :p

I wonder if they fixed the issue where the signal from my computer will freeze unless it is playing audio.

I saw an April update features tile so I assume I got it? I can't figure out how to tell. I don't see any manual check for updates anywhere in the UI.

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