Say what you will about Microsoft and the Xbox One, but they’ve been pretty consistent in fixing whatever foibles people have with the system. The latest update for the console starts rolling out today, bringing with it a host of improvements, many of them previously rumoured.
According to Xbox’s Major Nelson, here’s what Xbox One owners can expect.
- 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 was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
- Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
- Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
- Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
- Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
As a mostly happy PlayStation 4 owner, I have to admit I’m a little jealous of these regular feature updates. I’m still waiting for the PS4 to be updated to something as simple as play an audio CD. Sony did say that functionality – including MP3 support, DLNA, and media playback – would be coming to the console via a post-release update, but it’s been 6 months already and I can’t use the thing to play an MP3.
Last Updated: April 15, 2014