Xbox One update 1408 features come into the clear

Over the next few days, Microsoft will push out an update to those of you who are in the 'Xbox Preview Dashboard' program that will bring with it new features which will eventually be released in August. 

If you need an invite to the program, you can head into the forums as there is a thread where users are giving out invitations to the dashboard preview app that you need to register your console. Once you have done that, you will be able to receive the updates ahead of the general population.

So what's coming down the pipe for the August update? You will now be able to purchase content on Xbox.com or SmartGlass and download while you are away. This new feature will let your console wake up to download and install new games and apps that have been purchased on Xbox.com or Smartglass. As long as your console is set up for Instant On, downloads will automatically begin.

Two other notable features will be a low battery notification on the screen when your controller juice is getting low, and vibration feedback when holding the Xbox button. The latter is quite helpful as it can be a bit hard to know how long to hold down the Xbox button to accept a pop-up notification. If you hold down the button too long, your controller will turn off, so the vibration feedback will be an easy way to let you know to let go of the Xbox button.

This update, which will likely include more features, will be rolling out in the next couple of days to those of you in the preview program.

Via: WPC | Image Credit: Microsoft

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With their adding features, I'm wishing I still had my XB1. I like my ps4 but it seems to lack a kind of personality that the xb1 has.

I find it funny that they are touting some of these features as "listening to feedback" and "new and upcoming" when they are core pieces of the OS on the 360 that were lost on the X1.

We're 8 months into this console and still playing catch-up to last generation.

LightEco said,
I find it funny that they are touting some of these features as "listening to feedback" and "new and upcoming" when they are core pieces of the OS on the 360 that were lost on the X1.

We're 8 months into this console and still playing catch-up to last generation.

And so is the PS4... your point being? They were both rushed to compete with each other, when in fact they both shot themselves in the foot by doing so. This is not news to anybody, though some might argue it's the fanboys who caused this state of affairs. They should just release their stuff as and when it's ready, not pander to the loud vocal minority.

http://majornelson.com/2014/07/18/next-xbox-one-update/

Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what's going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. We're doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it's ready for the entire Xbox One market.

Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home - if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.

Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.

Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.

Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.

OneGuide in Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland: Live TV listings can be configured for four new countries as part of this month's Preview program. And now there is an OneGuide Issue Reporter available under the TV & OneGuide settings, Troubleshooting section.

Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it's been since a friend has been online. For example, “Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5.”

"Expanded Friends area on Home"

Am I the only one who doesn't use the "Friends Feed" at all? I find it slow, hard to navigate, and just generally unhelpful.

"Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low."

This doesn't seem like something we needed to ask for...

"Disable notifications during video"

Again, something we should have had from day 1

"Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback"

Another feature lost from 360 that we shouldn't have to tell you about...

0sit0 said,
I read the title as "1408 features" were leaked ... I was like... whoa... that's a lot of new features :D

You and me both. Would've liked to see them list all 1400+ features. :p

techbeck said,
Hopefully external media playback support. But probably not.

People started to say the same thing about 3d bluray support and finally it's here.

George P said,

People started to say the same thing about 3d bluray support and finally it's here.

Xbox One does 3D blu-ray now?
when was this announced.

George P said,

It'll be in this August, 1408 update.

Just read through the update list... thanks for the heads up...

Wow August is looking good as far as updates go..

George P said,

People started to say the same thing about 3d bluray support and finally it's here.

3d..meh. External support was there in the 360 and should be there in the One by now.

techbeck said,

3d..meh. External support was there in the 360 and should be there in the One by now.

Lot's of things should've been there but when you rush and have to do a big 180 change stuff gets left out and delayed. It'll come, they're adding things people want just that some things that are higher on users lists often take longer for them to work out than we think they do.

I expect September, since it's also the 2nd launch of the XB1 into new markets, will also bring a big update with it.

Still no background music player? That has been on top of the feature requests for a while now. I don't know what's taking so long to implement this. Xbox 360 had it.

Enron said,
Still no background music player? That has been on top of the feature requests for a while now. I don't know what's taking so long to implement this. Xbox 360 had it.

The X1 is still missing so many basic features that the 360 had. I have no idea why it is so hard for them to implement these things. It isn't like they are ground breaking features!

bithush said,

The X1 is still missing so many basic features that the 360 had. I have no idea why it is so hard for them to implement these things. It isn't like they are ground breaking features!

I feel like both Sony and Microsoft rushed their consoles to the market. Heck, the PS4 launched without support for CDs. I didn't even know that was possible, lol.

I completely agree that the X1 is missing some key features that the 360 had at launch. I'm thinking some of these might be related to the new "app-centric" architecture that the X1 uses. Everything is its own app now with nothing really running across the entire platform. Music playback is most likely isolated in the Xbox Music app which can't run at the same time as anything else (unless snapped or something).

I personally think the whole concept makes the dashboard and apps feel so fragmented compared to how everything felt connected (especially via the Guide) on 360.

Even if they're apps, they should be able to run in the background instead of being snapped. I could play amazing music like canyon.mid in the background in Windows 3.1.

It feels like they don't though. When you switch apps, the current app basically is put into standby, whether its a game, music, Netflix, etc. You can notice this when you switch back into an app there a second when it "resumes".

It certainly can be done, but would require more work to get things working across the OS.

Enron said,
Even if they're apps, they should be able to run in the background instead of being snapped. I could play amazing music like canyon.mid in the background in Windows 3.1.

Yeah is the X1 basically running the Windows 8 kernel?

My controller sits in a drawer, since it's of no use to me. I don't play games on it, so it doesn't appear that any of these changes matter as far as how I use Xbox One.