Xbox One has improved in its first year

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Both the PS4 and Xbox One have been out for about a year now internationally. Locally, we are only just getting our hands on the Xbox One now, but it’s a far improved console from launch. Major Nelson posted all the ways the Xbox One has changed in the past year, but I still have a niggling question.

Over on Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s blog, we get the full list of hundreds of features brought to Xbox One in the first year. These include a new achievements app, custom backgrounds and battery power indicators. TV was made more social, a new media player even includes DLNA support and even the updating and downloads systems were improved. With monthly updates, the console really is showing off some excellent features and is finally aligning with that “next generation console” promise.

However, I’m seriously curious about some of the functionality that was missing originally at launch. Why did DLNA support, or the ability to pause downloads, or even battery power indicators all have to be patched into the system after launch? Surely something as simple as knowing how much juice is left in your controller should have been an obvious consideration when the console was developed. Also, why is it possible to share videos through Xbox One but not screenshots?

Both consoles have made promises about capacity that have yet to be fulfilled. My PS3 is still permanently plugged into the TV simply because it is the best media center – the PS4 doesn’t even come close yet. By the time the Xbox One shipped in South Africa, we already had a ton of excellent new features, and now that PlayStation has fixed their latest patch, that system is also improved. They are fantastic tech and I don’t really like playing games on the older consoles anymore. They just aren’t what we were promised originally, and I wonder how long it will take before they can really deliver on the new generation experience that we were promised.

Then again, Xbox had a lot of fixing to do after initially promising an always online console. Fixing that mistake must have taken a ton of resources that would otherwise have gone towards battery indicators. It’s become an excellent console, even if it took a year of updates to get there.

Last Updated: November 6, 2014

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