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Xbox One to get April update

Exact release still not known

Microsoft will continue to hammer on fixing and enhancing the Xbox One’s firmware with another update that is planned for some time in April. While we don’t yet know when in April it will drop, we hear that it will be rolling out to testers in the next several days. This marks the third major update since the Xbox One was release.

While Microsoft has yet to officially comment on the April update, it is rumored to contain the following improvements:

  • 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.
  • Xbox Live Friend improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
  • Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.
  • New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.

We expect to hear an official confirmation from Microsoft when the testing is finished and the update is closer to release.

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