Microsoft is preparing to make its Xbox One even better with a new user experience based on Windows 10, and the first preview is expected to be released soon. But while its gaming spotlight has been shining mostly on the Xbox One in recent months, the company has also been quietly working on a system update for its Xbox 360, which it's released today.
The update comes with features that Xbox 360 Preview users have been testing for some time, including a new Activity Feed, and clearer signposting of Xbox 360 titles that are playable on the Xbox One, through the newer console's backward compatibility feature.
As part of its update today, Xbox 360 owners will now be able to access 2GB of cloud storage - that's four times more than was previously able for storing cloud-saved games. Microsoft says that this increased cloud storage will make it easier for users to save Xbox 360 game progress when transitioning to play the same games on the Xbox One.
The company's release notes - published by Major Nelson (aka Microsoft's Larry Hryb) - highlight other key features in the update:
Redeem Codes from messages – When you receive an Xbox Live Marketplace code in a message you will now be able to redeem that code by simply pressing “Redeem Code”.
Activity Feed – Like, comment, share your friend’s activities, post new messages, watch game clips, view screenshots, and see what your friends are playing from your Xbox 360. You can access your Activity Feed by navigating to Social on your console.
See What Your Friends Are Doing – You can now see what your friends are playing on Xbox One and Windows 10 from your Xbox 360.
Microsoft Movies & TV and Groove Music – Access your movie and TV collection from Microsoft Movies & TV and your Music in Groove Music.
See your money – Your Microsoft account balance will now be shown when you are looking at the details of a game or when browsing the marketplace.
The new Xbox 360 system update is rolling out now, so go get it - and be sure to let us know how you get on!
Source: Microsoft (Major Nelson)