Microsoft video shows new friends, party features coming to Xbox One

Microsoft announced a few weeks ago that an upcoming firmware update for the Xbox One will offer changes and improvements for the console's friends and party features. Today, the company released a new video showing what Xbox One owners can expect when the update is released in early March.

The video, posted on YouTube, is narrated by Microsoft's Xbox Live leader Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb as he chats with Richard Irving, a member of the Xbox One's engineering team. Irving points out that party chats between players start by default and that it should be easier to find which folks are chatting with Xbox One users versus the ones that are actually playing games. Friends can be invited to either the chat or the game, along with an option for both at the same time.

Users will be able to access the Xbox One friends list faster with the update, the duo said, with the top friends marked as "favorites." It's also possible to search for a specific gamertag via the Bing feature.

The video follows Microsoft's announcement earlier today that the Xbox One Twitch.tv app will get an update in early March to finally allow users to stream their games to others, among additional features.

Source: Xbox on YouTube

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Hopefully we'll get voice messages and external storage support in the next update. Still amazes me that we can't send voice messages yet. It would also be nice if we could get voice dictation for messages too if we still want to send a text message.

I don't own an xbox one, but am glad to see MS is putting these updates out, and somewhat frequently. I'm also a little disappointed that it took a game like Titanfall to drive MS to respond with updates that perhaps should have been worked on whether or not that game was coming out.

As others have stated, some features that were available on the xbox 360 (which i do own) are still not available on the X1 - which is just bogus. New Console, More Money, Less Features. I have mixed feelings about the whole system, it feels like it was released with only 75% of the software completed. This next update probably pushes it up to 80-85%, and hopefully by end of the year it'll be closer to 99-100%.

I want to like the X1, and I will eventually buy one, I think.

techbeck said,
As far as I know, still not external drive support on the X1. Still waiting on this....

I'd like both this, and the ability to browse smb shares in the video app.
As it stands now, 360 with windows media center extender to 8.1 desktop will have to do.

This update is going to be huge.
Pretty much everything that I complained about is in this upcoming update.

I can only imagine what the holiday updates are going to be like.

aviator189 said,
This update is going to be huge.
Pretty much everything that I complained about is in this upcoming update.

I can only imagine what the holiday updates are going to be like.

I expect more before then, if not in April then May-June for sure.

I like the progress they are making. But they really need to address the fact that multi-platform games are superior on PS4 vs the Xbox. The main issue is that the early dev versions of the SDK were crap. I'm hoping that they further refine/enhance the OS optimizations to allow for full 1080p/60fps games.

greensabath said,
I like the progress they are making. But they really need to address the fact that multi-platform games are superior on PS4 vs the Xbox. The main issue is that the early dev versions of the SDK were crap. I'm hoping that they further refine/enhance the OS optimizations to allow for full 1080p/60fps games.

I just don't understand how a visually awesome, top-class game like forza 5 can achieve native 1080p/60fps while cod ghosts (which looks pretty much like last-gen cod and doesn't look that great at all) struggles to achieve the same. Shouldn't it be easier for a game like ghosts to reach native 1080p/60fps than it is for forza 5 to do the same?

or does it just depend on how much extra work and time the developers are willing to spend on it?

It has to do mostly w/ the developer, but part of the fault is on MS. Their early Xbox SDK builds were horrible (compared to PS4) so a lot of the early games aren't as good. They've made improvements to the SDK, but I think they need to keep working on it. A rumored improvement is that they can get the required 10% reserved for Kinect down to 2%. That would be a huge factor alone.

That is one thing that is great how they designed the Xbox OS. It is very modular, and upgradeable. But at the same time, it let them half-ass it at launch with missing features that the 360 had standard. 5 Months later, they are finally starting to add features back in that should have been there at launch.

greensabath said,
It has to do mostly w/ the developer, but part of the fault is on MS. Their early Xbox SDK builds were horrible (compared to PS4) so a lot of the early games aren't as good. They've made improvements to the SDK, but I think they need to keep working on it. A rumored improvement is that they can get the required 10% reserved for Kinect down to 2%. That would be a huge factor alone.

That is one thing that is great how they designed the Xbox OS. It is very modular, and upgradeable. But at the same time, it let them half-ass it at launch with missing features that the 360 had standard. 5 Months later, they are finally starting to add features back in that should have been there at launch.


hmm..that does make sense.
thanks for the info.

yardmanflex said,
I like it..and the box is getting better with each update..what more could u asked for?

just some things that I would change or adjust:
UI, I would like a gallery view of the friends list not this side by side cramped view.
voice message support
button short cuts instead of selecting