Microsoft: Xbox One monthly updates will keep on coming

Sales of the Xbox One have been lagging behind those of the PlayStation 4 so far, but Microsoft is putting in a considerable effort to make its console more appealing to the gaming masses. Since it launched a cheaper Kinect-free version of the Xbox One, the company says that monthly sales of the console have doubled. Of course, gamers expect more than just lower prices - they're also hungry for new features. 

Microsoft has been doing a decent job of adding features to the Xbox One, with monthly updates gradually filling in gaps and bringing new additions to its feature set. As TechRadar reports, that monthly cadence will continue for the foreseeable future, as the company continues to update and improve the console - not only to make it more appealing to new buyers, but also to improve the experience for those who have already purchased it. 

Xbox head Phil Spencer tweeted that Microsoft has "worked through the feature list through October", indicating that the company has set out a clear road map of deliverables that will make their way to consoles in the next few months. Beyond that, he says, monthly updates "will continue and features look good."

He added that Microsoft is also working on ways to improve installation and loading times on the Xbox One, although he did not elaborate on a timeframe for when such improvements might become available. 

As BGR noted yesterday, Microsoft's monthly updates are one area in which the company is far ahead of its PS4 rival, which has so far seen fewer, less regular and less substantial updates since it launched around the same time as the Xbox One last year. Xbox One owners will no doubt be pleased to see that Microsoft isn't planning to give any ground to Sony when it comes to keeping its console fresh. 

Last week, Microsoft revealed details of its August update, which will include features such as 3D Blu-Ray support, enhanced Activity Feed updates and social features, and the roll-out of the OneGuide to more markets.

Source: @XboxP3 via TechRadar

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Get the XBOX One to the point where it has the SAME feature set as the XBOX 360 and I'll be a happy camper. I Like the new Kinect and use it daily, but it's ridiculous that is seems like a baron wasteland in comparison to a system that came out 8 years or so ago. They should have LAUNCHED with the same features available on the 360 and worked up from there.

This is good news, something that MS needs to keep pushing. They are trying to aggressive about pushing the console forward and bringing back user-requested features from the 360.

MS has definitely created a positive vibe around this issue. They are on the winning side of the pr talk for once.

trooper11 said,
This is good news, something that MS needs to keep pushing. They are trying to aggressive about pushing the console forward and bringing back user-requested features from the 360.

MS has definitely created a positive vibe around this issue. They are on the winning side of the pr talk for once.

This is MS strong suit... They are a software company... This should be a norm for them...

Hardware with the right internals is only as strong as the software that drives it...

I'm waiting to buy the Xbox One until it seems more "finished". It's clear it was launched half-baked. I'm hoping by the October update, it'll be about what they promised they'd ship last year.

pmbAustin said,
I'm waiting to buy the Xbox One until it seems more "finished". It's clear it was launched half-baked. I'm hoping by the October update, it'll be about what they promised they'd ship last year.

What are waiting to see implemented that was promised at launch?

As far as I know, most of the things that people are requesting were not promised at launch.

Going from the Xbox 360 to Xbox One, I don't expect to lose any features or capabilities... and from what I understand there are still a few issues in that area. It took them over six months to get the promised support for external USB Hard Drives, which was disappointing enough. I'm hoping that by the one year anniversary, it seems "finished" relative to the 360 and their original promises at least.

I find it so ridiculous that you cannot view your message history (both parties). I don't have an Xbox one but I asked my friend if messaging was set up like it is on the 360. I hear yes. This is 2014, not 1990.

I would be awesome if they added Picture in Picture for apps like netflix so you dont have to have the snaped app taking up so much screen space.

Hopefully MS will listen and offer external media playback support. This,and other features, should come before a background image.

Of all the requested improvements and this is the most popular? What a waste "pretty" over "function" wins once again.

Give me external media support, proper DNLA streaming, boot straight to TV and TV volume control on the game pad, for a start.

MikeChipshop said,
Of all the requested improvements and this is the most popular? What a waste "pretty" over "function" wins once again.

As someone who finds white text on a black background extremely hard to read / look at, that would improve the console a lot for me. Obviously a lot of people feel that way.

A Plex client is under development for the Xbox One, so hopefully that should make the console a lot more usable for personal media. Still i agree at least having the same functionality as the Xbox 360 would be welcomed.

InsaneNutter said,
Still i agree at least having the same functionality as the Xbox 360 would be welcomed.

My biggest gripe with the X1.

InsaneNutter said,
The most requested feature for the Xbox One is for a "Background image on the dashboard": http://xbox.uservoice.com/foru...ound-image-on-the-dashboard

Hopefully Microsoft listen and let us have some basic dashboard customisation soon.

I think the fact that they have updates planned out till October says that they've taken feedback into account and are working on the top requested features fans want instead of looking to adding stuff on their own. That's really the only way they have things planned so far ahead I'd say.

One thing that Microsoft excel at is pushing updates :p

I can't imagine the updates stay the same size as the larger gaps in the OS are all but filled.

It is called competition. People copy things all the time to compete. This is how things have always been and is not frowned upon unless the IP is infringed on. If this forces Sony to produce more updates, great and good for them and their consumers.

techbeck said,
It is called competition. People copy things all the time to compete. This is how things have always been and is not frowned upon unless the IP is infringed on. If this forces Sony to produce more updates, great and good for them and their consumers.

Spot on and thank god for good competition!

EvilAstroboy said,
Yeah and SONY will copy, like everything else *Rolls eyes*

Waaaaaaiiiit. What did Sony copy exactly?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc_Association

Do you see MS even on that list? Oh you dont...right. If Sony wanted to be a turd they (since Sony is the highest stake on BDA) would tell MS to keep using thei HD-Rom on their Xbone.

MS actually pays Sony every time they sell one Xbox One...

Keep talking out of your back.

Edited by uMadRabbit, Jul 24 2014, 3:45pm :

You honestly think that Sony has the "pull" to tell MS they can't use bluray? It doesn't work that way outside of your fantasy world.

Oh please do tell why didnt MS pick BD for their 360? Cause they thought they will take on 3 biggest manufactures on the world who had BD going for them? What a joke.

Oh and seems Sony has enough pull to actually be ahead of Xbox right now huh? Oh right, less markets right? Then maybe Xbox's marketing dpt. should do a better job next time?

Keep in mind. This has nothing to do with other hw manufacturers since they can easily keep producing for Sony. Even keeping in mind that Śony uses more expensive, more rare RAM. This is just a screw up from MS so dont bring in that as an excuse.

As for the BD and Sony not having the pull. Yeah, I explained that in my previous comment but more than likely you will not listen to it.

Samsung cut both of the profits while being only on one of the associastions. BD.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Waaaaaaiiiit. What did Sony copy exactly?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc_Association

Do you see MS even on that list? Oh you dont...right. If Sony wanted to be a turd they (since Sony is the highest stake on BDA) would tell MS to keep using thei HD-Rom on their Xbone.

MS actually pays Sony every time they sell one Xbox One...

Keep talking out of your back.

Just a little fact that most people dont seem to know is that all bluray equipment and/or disc is required to provide VC1 video codec and MS gets a royalty check for every bluray sold as well.

So sony has been paying royalties to MS since PS3 as well.

DClark said,
You honestly think that Sony has the "pull" to tell MS they can't use bluray? It doesn't work that way outside of your fantasy world.

+1
By his reasoning MS wouldn't allow proper driver support in Windows so that BR didn't work well on the majority of machines lol its called business. They're in it for $. Not allowing MS isn't all Sonys call, even if it were itd be a bad call, especially since Sonys been bleeding money for what? 5 years

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Waaaaaaiiiit. What did Sony copy exactly?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc_Association

Do you see MS even on that list? Oh you dont...right. If Sony wanted to be a turd they (since Sony is the highest stake on BDA) would tell MS to keep using thei HD-Rom on their Xbone.

MS actually pays Sony every time they sell one Xbox One...

Keep talking out of your back.

And Sony pays MS more in Android royalty fees. Sony has to split the cost of Blu-Ray with others partners...

MS keeps patent fees to itself...

http://www.digitaltrends.com/m...ense-microsoft/#!bk85yr

DClark said,
You honestly think that Sony has the "pull" to tell MS they can't use bluray? It doesn't work that way outside of your fantasy world.

Depends. Companies have to pay Sony to use BR. If not, then sure...they have the pull to tell MS and any other company that thy cannot use BR.

techbeck said,

Depends. Companies have to pay Sony to use BR. If not, then sure...they have the pull to tell MS and any other company that thy cannot use BR.

Blu-Ray board is a committee from different companies. I don't Sony can reject someone without getting board approval first.

And Sony pays licenses fees i am sure to Microsoft for some of their patents


alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Waaaaaaiiiit. What did Sony copy exactly?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc_Association

Do you see MS even on that list? Oh you dont...right. If Sony wanted to be a turd they (since Sony is the highest stake on BDA) would tell MS to keep using thei HD-Rom on their Xbone.

MS actually pays Sony every time they sell one Xbox One...

Keep talking out of your back.

Like I said, Im sorry I didnt know MS already contributes to BD. Disregard my posts about that.

Also Im usually the one saying Wikipedia isnt always right and fall into that trap this time :p

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Do you see MS even on that list? Oh you dont...right..


I think you might not know few things so I make it clear for you:

1. sony is one of the members and cannot dictate who can use Bluray technology and who cannot. they simply get paid small portion like you said as they also paying for many technologies they are using to MS. from the technology they write and read from/to harddrive to many other things. so it doesn't work like that.
2. if bluray is popular now and made HD-DVD go out of business because sony and others paid loads of cash to companies basically bribed them to use their bluray over HD-DVD. that now they can earn those money back (hardly)
its all business kid. and competition is good for us so be happy, shutup and buy either a PS4 or XB1 and enjoy