We’re in a generation now where getting the most out of your console now necessitates having a persistent online connection. Marketplaces, free games and DLC can all be grabbed at the drop of a hat, but even the hardware itself is constantly changing. The Xbox One is such a console, as you can expect a monthly update from next year for that platform.
Next month’s update was cited to be smaller than previous console patches, and it looks like those plans haven’t changed at all according to Xboss Phil Spencer. “We usually don’t do big updates in December,” Spencer said on the Major Nelson podcast.
December I expect to be a time that we’re just going to make sure people are turning on consoles and the games are playing well and everything’s working great. That’s job number one for us.
As we roll into 2015 we definitely have a road map for monthly updates. When they’ll start up again we’ll watch. We’re kind of working through the schedules on those things now but it’s a commitment that we have as a platform team that we’ll continue monthly updates.
The last patch was released in mid-October for the Xbox One, with the focus being on multi-tasking fixes and keeping things social with the Snap and Friends functions getting a tweak or two. The upcoming November update will be more substantive, giving gamers custom backgrounds, more Twitter integration, a revamped store interface and updates for Smartglass and Internet Explorer.
Personally, I’m hoping that a January update will see the general user interface re-designed, because that’s one digital side of the Xbox One that isn’t winning my heart right now.
Last Updated: November 4, 2014