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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:41

Friend Notifications in Xbox One Update

Written by David Stellmack

Experience getting closer to the Xbox 360

Microsoft has started rolling out the latest Xbox One update. This update will add “Friend Notification” which was one of the major things that has been missing with Xbox Live on the Xbox One. According to Major Nelson, the feedback from previewing Xbox One owners has continued to help shape the updates and they are looking forward to expanding the preview program to add additional Xbox One owners in the future.

The new features that are in this latest update are as follows:

  • • 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. 

Even with the latest update Microsoft apparently has no illusions about the fact that they still have a ways to go to get the Xbox Live experience on the Xbox One close to what the Xbox Live experience is today on the Xbox 360. It does continue to be a week point on the Xbox One, but the fact that Microsoft has continued to update the Xbox One with new features so frequently has helped close the gap, but there is still a long way to go. Sources tell us that Microsoft has another update that is slated for late May or perhaps early June around E3 that will again offer more new features.

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