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Xbox One April Update out, but missing core features

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Consistent updates have gradually made the Xbox One experience better and better every month, and Microsoft has done well to keep requested features slowly tricking onto the console. The April update, although not the most exciting one yet, was set to introduce some necessary updates to features such as party chat – but it’s missing anything of substance at the moment.

The April Update is out of preview and available for download right now, but two core features are still stuck in testing. Voice messages and dedicated servers for party chat easily headlined the April Update, and they’re the two features that are currently stuck in limbo. Microsoft doesn’t know when they be ready yet either, so it seems my vulgar messages stored for Darryn will have to wait just a few weeks for a receiver.

The rest of the update addresses some small, niggling issues that the console has had for sometime now. You’ll no longer have to launch the Achievements app to see what you’re brand new reward is for, with a little description appearing underneath every new notification (much like the Xbox 360). The UI for Party chat has also been improved to better communicate connection status, while Game Hubs will allow you and your friends to follow specific games and generate activity feeds for them.

Nothing too knockout with the exclusion of voice messages and dedicated party chat servers, but Major Nelson assures fans that the feature will be out once Microsoft is confident in their stability. You can check out all the new features in action below.

Last Updated: April 7, 2015


  1. Yes, but!

    I cannot play Neverwinter Online. Last week week, played no hassles. Last night, my char just jumps everywhere. Latency is like 500 to 1000 ms. What I want to know is, how does it sometimes work and sometimes not? Can the people who play Battlefield and stuff from Xbox One / 360 answer as to their experiences please?

    10mbs line, speedtest.net shows ping under 13 Ms (local of course) and speed of between 7 and 8, multiple runs. AND I know MS says you need at least a 30MBs line AND a ping of 150ms to the Seatlle based servers to have the “genuine” feel for it.


    • Hammersteyn

      April 7, 2015 at 09:31

      O_o that’s some hardcore bandwidth needed. Must be their side. I cant play Borderlands online at all during the evenings and only seem to get online after 23:00. But other games like GTA works fine. Could be that the servers are overloaded.


    • SojournZA

      April 7, 2015 at 11:33

      last night in Pe it seems there was a mass outage on Telkom side but im not 100% if its telkoms fault

      myself and 2 friends dc’d at around 8 I think and werent able to reconnect

      this might be related to your hassles last night


    • CAE9872

      April 7, 2015 at 14:16

      Did you enjoy what you did play – excluding lag obviously? Am keen to give it a try.


      • Brady miaau

        April 7, 2015 at 14:47

        It is D&D, a simple ruleset. Never liked that. Yet I love this, simple and easy to play. Just fun. Got to level 10 really quickly, no grind like Star Wars or Star Trek online. Also, if you played NWN 1 & 2, is interesting to see how things have changed.

        Some niggles, like no real minimap, but the “magic lights” that guide you work well enough. I would play it. Free seems fine and fun to my limited exposure: I will not pay for something like this, in micro transactions. A principle thing.

        Try it.


  2. Tbone187

    April 7, 2015 at 10:49

    Played Metro Last Light on Xbox one yesterday and I must say I really feel these consoles are overrated. Seriously.Update and patch it all you want.It’s still not worth the investment imo.


    • Brady miaau

      April 7, 2015 at 11:00

      I have got a lot of joy out of mine. But I bought it to be several things, a media centre is one of them. A gaming device is another. It works for me, enjoyed the few games I played on it.


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