Microsoft: Don't expect an Xbox One December update, but monthly updates will continue in 2015

Microsoft has been rolling out updates to its Xbox One console on a monthly basis, delivering features such as the new Media Player app, which includes MKV playback support.

The company has already announced what to expect in its upcoming November Update for the console – but if you were hoping that Microsoft might also have a special Christmas treat in store for Xbox One owners, we’ve got some disappointing news for you.

As reports, Xbox head Phil Spencer has said that it’s unlikely that Microsoft will be rolling out an update for the console in December.

“We usually don’t do big updates in December,” he said on the most recent podcast from Major Nelson, also known as Microsoft’s Larry Hryb. “It’s usually at a time a bunch of people are going to be turning on consoles for the first time. In fact, traditionally, November/December’s been a time that we’ve stayed away from.”

Spencer continued: “We’ve announced a November update. December, I expect to be a time that we’re just going to make sure people are turning on consoles and the games are playing well and everything’s working great. That’s job number one for us.”

So Microsoft is going to be focusing on keep everything running smoothly in December, rather than rolling out new features that might rock the boat. And this lines up with what Spencer said a couple of weeks back when he hinted that Microsoft might use December to "pause for a little bit and settle just as all the new consoles are coming online". But what about beyond the holiday season?

Spencer explained: “As we roll into 2015, we definitely have a roadmap for monthly updates. When they’ll start up again, we’ll watch. We’re kinda working through the schedules on those things now, but it’s a commitment that we have as a platform team that we’ll continue monthly updates.”

While some Xbox One owners may be disappointed to learn that there’s no December Update on the way, monthly updates will resume in the new year. And let’s face it, there are so many awesome games coming to the Xbox One in the next few weeks (including Grand Theft Auto V, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4 and more) that you probably won’t care about waiting a bit longer for the next update to arrive.

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