Xbox One September Update now rolling out, including new Media Player

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced a range of new features on the way to the Xbox One in the coming months. Today - just ten days after releasing its August Update for the console - Microsoft is rolling out the September Update, including a couple of features that were on that list. 

The update includes: 

  • New Media Player app, allowing users to play media files from connected USB storage devices. This feature is being introduced in a limited capacity today - DLNA support for home media servers is "coming soon", and support for new file formats such as MPEG-2 TS, MKV and animated gifs will be "added by the end of the year."
  • Improved Party app, with more granular options, and more visibility for the activities that your friends are engaged in.
  • SmartGlass features - new comment and share features, as well as a personalized Activity Feed on your profile, and conversation view for messages. You can also record game clips directly from the 'Now Playing' bar, and a 'What's New' page has been added to draw attention to new features that are added to the SmartGlass app in future updates.
  • "Xbox On" voice command now supported in Australia, Italy, Spain and Mexico, as well as adding support for French in Canada. 
  • Boot to TV - The Xbox One can now boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • GameDVR - You can now delete multiple GameDVR clips at the same time in the Upload app.
  • Save your Avatar Gamerpic to your OneDrive.

Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb has said that the rollout is beginning today and will continue over the next few days. He added that if you don't want to wait for the prompt to appear on your console inviting you to update, you can go to System Settings > System Update to check for the update immediately. If the System Update button is not yet available, the Major says that "it will be soon". 

Source: Major Nelson

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New Media Player app, allowing users to play media files from connected USB storage devices. This feature is being introduced in a limited capacity today - DLNA support for home media servers is "coming soon", and support for new file formats such as MPEG-2 TS, MKV and animated gifs will be "added by the end of the year."

Hallelujah

Now I hope they enable to change the black background to a theme or pic ;)

Since Xbox One will be released in Norway on September 5th, I kind of expected this update to contain new languages and at least region settings. Seems I have to wait a couple more days for that.

I'm really tempted to get an Xbox One with all these updates coming! The price though is still bit off-putting (missed the opportunity to get one for 430€, now back to 499€...).

One question for Xbox One owners, how do you have the cables attached? I'm wondering if I can with "Xbox On" turn on my LG TV and Sony 5.1 receiver/bluray player. My system now is connected like this: Xbox 360/PS3 (HDMI switch) & PC -> [HDMI] x2 -> Sony Receiver (two HDMI inputs) -> [HDMI] -> TV (4 HDMI inputs). And if I'm watching TV the sound goes through optical cable to the receiver. How would an Xbox One fit in to this setup?

You could wire your switches to the HDMI In port of the One after wiring your Sony reciever to one of the switches, and connect your TV to the HDMI Out. If you wanted to connect everything I think you'd need a switch with more inputs :) I used to have my 360 wired to the In but the slight lag while playing games did my head in so I now have them both switch wired to the TV.

I don't know how OneGuide will handle several devices as well as a reciever on one port though, not tried it.

Hidr0 said,
Where is that update? didnt got the August one :/ How can I manually trigger the updater?

There should be a tile to the right that says something like "New updates on your Xbox" (or something similar. Click that and there's an option to search for any available updates. Also, you can go through the settings menu.

Wait... it's actually in the article above...

" if you don't want to wait for the prompt to appear on your console inviting you to update, you can go to System Settings > System Update to check for the update immediately. If the System Update button is not yet available, the Major says that "it will be soon". "

ZipZapRap said,
Can it currently play ISO BR rips and DVD Video_TS files? If not, I hope it can in future!!

The media player itself is just an app, it should see a number of updates from now on.

No, DLNA was not included and is to be added soon (could be next update, but I doubt it's end of year since MKV was explicitly labeled as end of year)

Sraf said,
No, DLNA was not included and is to be added soon (could be next update, but I doubt it's end of year since MKV was explicitly labeled as end of year)

It was and still is included. I have played music from my phone to the Xbox One before. Many of them came from Xbox Music but some of them were physical on my phone.

This update is only noting that DLNA support will be extended later this year to media servers and other formats. Right now you can play WMA and MP3 for sure.

Windows Phone users: Use the Nokia Play To app. It does seems to be buggy a lot of times for me on WP8.1 but it's the only one I found that does work.
Windows 8 users: Choose "Play To" when right clicking on a file, or use the Share charms in case of Modern apps like Xbox Music.

In both cases, ensure you have DLNA Play To set to enabled in the Xbox One settings app and be sure you are on the same WiFi network. I had problems using two different, but linked WiFi's.

Niekess said,

It was and still is included.

'Play to...' isnt true DLNA. DLNA allows you to use the Xbox to explore sources for media content and play it. 'Play to...' hasn't gone any where, they're just introducing true DLNA support at a later date.

I'm enjoying the media player functionality, though I'd like to access my media server though an app such as Plex rather than having to connect a USB or use Play To

Keep in mind, DLNA will let your find and browse media on your PLEX server, decoding it is another matter. I've gotten excited more than once to have my hopes dashed by "media format not recognized" or similar error.