Xbox One to get multiplayer and party updates in March

While Microsoft will release a software update for the Xbox One later this week, the company already has plans for a second update that will roll out in early March. Today, Microsoft revealed some more information about that automatic download. It will concentrate on improving the multiplayer and party experience for the console, which has received its share of criticism from hardcore online players.

This screenshot is from the current friends list on the Xbox One.

In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft's Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten stated that when the March update is released, the Friends list on the Xbox One will be "front and center on the homepage of the Friends app." It will also allow owners to simply say "Xbox, go to Friends" to view the list, thanks to the Kinect hardware.

Fans will be happy to know that the Xbox One will also add an "Invite friends to game" option for all multiplayer games with the new update, along with a "Recent Players" list. Party chat will be turned on by default with next month's update and it will also be separated from the list of people who are playing the same game. Whitten said that more features for March's Xbox One update will be revealed in the coming weeks, along with videos that will show the new additions in action.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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That is not the friends list but the Social app, showing the Activity Feed. You have to go into Friends on the list to see your friends list >.<

Jarrichvdv said,
That is not the friends list but the Social app, showing the Activity Feed. You have to go into Friends on the list to see your friends list >.<

Which according to this very article will be changing!

It really was a strange design. I'm glad to see this being improved.

M_Lyons10 said,

Which according to this very article will be changing!

It really was a strange design. I'm glad to see this being improved.


Well I kinda like it as it is now! The activity feed is amazing.

Yay!! Love the speed of these updates. Rather than bulk them all and make users wait, they're releasing updates getting features in a timely manner.

Though admittedly, things like this should have been worked out before release, it's nice to see these regular updates. With updates coming out so frequently (Hopefully this monthly trend continues), the console should be solid in no time.

I'll just say that the fact that Microsoft released a working console with no DRM in November, after working on the assumption for years that it would include it is a win in my opinion. They had to remove everything they originally planned and that couldn't have been easy. They must be busting their butts getting these updates ready.