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New Xbox One update adds in friends notifications and more

Microsoft has just released the newest Xbox One update that introduces a variety of fixes, tweaks and enhancements to the console.

Xbox One Update

Upon its release, the Xbox One was far from perfect and featured a plethora of missing features. With time, Microsoft has addressed a few of these oversights via firmware updates, steadily stabilizing user-friendliness and making the experience much more streamlined.

The newest update is no different, and to help shape the future of the console’s features, Microsoft is arming itself with feedback from the Xbox One community. Xbox’s own Major Nelson has revealed what changes are being introduced with the new update, highlighting a number of minor fixes to one of the most oft-requested missing features–friend list notifications.

After downloading the update, gamers will be able to see when their friends log on and off of Xbox LIVE, making for better matchmaking set-ups and general interactivity among your digital buddies.

While it’s taken Microsoft this long to address the feature–after being barraged with requests from the community–they are on the right track in tapping the community for feedback on certain features.

Below is a list of all of the changes that the update offers:

  • 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.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Xbox One becomes more user and gamer friendly with future updates, and it’s clear that Microsoft is committed to the console as well as its thriving community.

Via: Major Nelson

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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