We knew it was coming, but finally some details have been released on exactly what we can expect from the first Xbox One system updates.
First up is the 11th Feb update. Consisting of a number of upgrades, stability updates and improvements to Kinect voice commands, the first update will focus on the ability to see and manage storage space. You will also be able to control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue with the My Games and My Apps sections separated so queues can be created for both of those.
The battery power indicator for your controller is coming back. It will be visible directly on your home screen so no more panicking when the controller suddenly dies mid game! You will also be able to use USB keyboards with your Xbox One.
There will of course be further additions and we’ll let you know these as soon as details emerge.
And then come 4th March, we’ll be seeing further updates to address the multiplayer and party systems, all just in time for the big launch of Titanfall a few days later.
Let’s hope that things go swimmingly!
Update: Looks like things have been delayed by a few days.
FYI: The February #XboxOne System Update will ship this week, but not today. The team is working on finalizing. More details when I get them
— Larry Hryb 🏡🎮☁ (@majornelson) February 11, 2014
Update 2: Details have been released to show us what we can expect to see in the March update (assuming that comes in on time of course!). The main ones being:
- First up, your friends list will be much more accessible, so much so that it’ll be available right from your home screen. That will obviously make things so much easier when wanting to party up with friends.
- With that in mind, the party chat will be turned ‘ON’ by default. That’s another button press we can all do away with.
- You will also be able to chat with friends who are playing other games without having to change the whole damn party options.
- Finally, we’ll see the return of the much loved ‘recent players’ list. Although I’m sure there are a few out there who use it just to send abusive messages, the recent players list can be a cracking place to find new friends with similar likes.
Lets just hope the second update hits home on time!
Update 3: Sorry, it’s not confirmation that the update has gone live, but we have an additional little detail of the Feb patch. It will now also include a change to increase the sensitivity of the outer boundaries of the thumbsticks on the Xbox One controller. It’s rumoured that this has been added after a request from the Titanfall developers, so with that in mind, is that the reason the patch was originally delayed?
Update 4: It’s HERE!!! Jump over to Major Nelsons blog for all the details.
The February Xbox One Update is now rolling out! http://t.co/Mnqh7uqctE
— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) February 14, 2014
Update 5: If there were ever an article that got updated more than this one I’d hate to have been the person doing it. Anyways, we have our update already and it seems to be that if you keep your Xbox One in the ‘Instant On’ low power state, you’ll get it a little quicker. Additionally, Major Nelson has now detailed EXACTLY what was present in the update….Two of which we have images of below:
- Ability to delete game and application save data
- Improved installation and DLC management
- Improved UI for accessing friends, achievements, messages, and party chat
- Game DVR app to be included in the Xbox OneGuide as an app channel
- Update to the boot progress indicators for system update
- Improve consistency of UX for update & install progress
- Separate game, application, and install queue lists
- Addition of USB keyboard support
- Improved NAT detection
- Network Troubleshooter improvements
- Blu-ray quality improvements
- Significant performance and stability improvements
Source: Xbox News Wire