Those Xbox One system update are hitting us thick and fast, with April’s update on it’s way to you shortly, but what will you be seeing in the next update?
A number of things actually but by far the biggest deal (at least here in the UK), will be that of the OneGuide and the ability to use your voice to change your TV channel. It was one of the main talking points when Xbox One was first announced and we’re more than happy to see it making it’s way to the rest of the world. Even better news is that you’ll be able to also control all this via a new Smartglass app.
Another pretty major improvement will also see the return of notifications when you friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was a feature that was an integral point of the Xbox 360 and has been missed by many on Xbox One, but miss no more because it’s on it’s way back.
Other features include:
- Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
- Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
- Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
- Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.
- New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.
Silent system update installation: Initial OS changes are present that enable consoles to take a system update overnight when in standby, and the console will now complete the installation, then boot back into standby. This feature will bypass the green installation progress bar currently seen when starting a console that needs to finish installing an update started in standby. This feature will already work with some consoles in this update.
- *NEW* OneGuide expansion in new markets. Participants in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy will begin to explore additional live TV features, including TV listings in OneGuide and using voice to change the channel directly from any activity in Xbox One.
- *NEW* OneGuide and Universal Remote Control in SmartGlass. SmartGlass will become the ultimate remote control for your living room bringing all the features of OneGuide – TV listings, Favorites, and App Channels – to user’s tablets and smartphones making it easier than ever to watch their favorite TV shows and movies from their cable of satellite services or from Apps. Additionally, SmartGlass will have a Universal Remote Control that enables users to control their cable or satellite box directly from SmartGlass, including setting new recordings and watching recorded shows on their DVR. OneGuide and Universal Remote Control in SmartGlass will be available to preview participants in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
- Manually install available updates. If a new system update is detected as available, a button will appear under ‘Settings,’System that will display “Apply Available System Update.” Note: this feature is being enabled after this current update completes installation. This feature will be available to preview when the next update is made available
- A new ability to automatically redeem a license code from console messages. For future console messages that include a 5×5 license code, a new option will appear to allow you to automatically redeem the license, versus having to copy and paste the license code.