February 14th 2014 1:00 pm PT

Xbox One February update is now starting to roll out


As I noted in my blog post about the December system update, we’ve changed the way these work on Xbox One to reduce the impact on our customers. For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying “Xbox On”), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off. This means now that we’ve made the February update available, the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time. All that to say, never fear you’ll see it sometime over the weekend. As a reminder, here are some of the features you’ll see in this update:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

Thanks!

Tip: Once you get the update, you can press the Xbox button to see the battery indicator on screen in the lower right next to the clock.

Also here are some notes about what is in this release:

  • Ability to delete game and application save data
  • Improved installation and DLC management
  • Improved UI for accessing friends, achievements, messages, and party chat
  • Game DVR app to be included in the Xbox OneGuide as an app channel
  • Update to the boot progress indicators for system update
  • Improve consistency of UX for update & install progress
  • Separate game, application, and install queue lists
  • Addition of USB keyboard support
  • Improved NAT detection
  • Network Troubleshooter improvements
  • Blu-ray quality improvements
  • Significant performance and stability improvements

Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Mark Gibson

    I can’t repeat myself but I am very pleased at how quick the Xbox Team came out with the update to help satisfy the public…….. seams like a lot of people do not like change.

    They want the Xbox 360 OS with the Xbox One guts. LOL.. The Xbox One is very innovative. Hey the first Xbox 360 OS stunk…. took them a long time to get to the end of the road. This update was just a first step….. and a in line for more that will come out in 2014. Thanks Xbox One team…..

    • billy middleton

      the xbox one is a entry level gaming laptop internally.
      a 500gig HDD I have 241gig left and I only have 3 games and the apps that came preinstalled on the xbox one
      we need more freedom for the system management.
      the 360 dashboard would have been better as its more usable and more user friendly

      • Mark Gibson

        I know this lol…. I know…… but the Xbox One is way better inside over the 360. It is knew and knew people are working on it. Heck my computer I made 1.5 years ago is way faster over The PS4 and Xbox One. But the consoles are plug and chug, I like them over computers. They give you more freedom with this update and yes Blue Ray cd’s play better…. voice works better….. we do have a battery indicator…. we do see how much apps and games take up.. we do have an hard drive space indicator…… they did give you some control…… the hard drive space will get larger as they release models with 1T and get external storage….. as the 360 got larger hard drives in time…… just hold on it is a new system…… lets look at it after 4 or 5 good updates….. not 1 major update……. boy you change the operating system look and people complain…. again people don’t like change….

      • Mark Gibson

        I know this lol…. I know…… but the Xbox One is way better inside
        over the 360. It is new and knew people are working on it. Heck my
        computer I made 1.5 years ago is way faster over The PS4 and Xbox One.
        But the consoles are plug and chug, I like them over computers. They
        give you more freedom with this update and yes Blue Ray cd’s play
        better…. voice works better….. we do have a battery indicator…. we
        do see how much apps and games take up.. we do have a hard drive space
        indicator…… they did give you some control…… the hard drive
        space will get larger as they release models with 1T and get external
        storage….. as the 360 got larger hard drives in time…… just hold
        on it is a new system…… lets look at it after 4 or 5 good
        updates….. not 1 major update……. boy you change the operating
        system look and people complain…. again people don’t like change….

    • Volitar Prime

      The original Xbox 360 OS was great! The next version was great too. It is the current one that stinks.

      • Mark Gibson

        No way the current version is smooth…. lol…. you can’t please everyone…….

  • brad krueger

    I still don’t have the update wtf

    • billy middleton

      trust me, when you get it you will be pee’d off at the major system management restrictions

  • arrow2010

    What is the point of the USB keyboard if you have to string a long cable all the way across the room? What about wireless keyboards?

    • chuckyj

      Well really simple solution. Get a Wireless keyboard. I have a dell wireless keyboard. And it works on my X1 just fine…

  • arrow2010

    No one made you buy the XBox Ono now. You could have waited another year to see if it got polished, or buy a PS4.

  • James Jiao

    Eh? But I was able to use my USB keyboard before the update.

  • AkiraX

    Got the update, as for the storage management, wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. A list view is needed so you can see each item and how much space is used at a glance. As well as being able to sort. The current sort by size is useless because you still have to then select and “menu” each item. ….sigh…..
    And once external hdd support is added how will this all work? Will the system then just combine both HDD as one? The 360 interface is just plain better… sigh…

    • James Jiao

      I agree with the lack of usability with the storage management UI, but I say let MS worry about how external HDD support will work. Don’t concern yourself too much with it just yet. Cross that bridge when you get to it.

    • chuckyj

      I’m worried the USB 3.0 External HDD support may never come. It was suppose to be a day one feature… Now we don’t even get updates saying the team is working on it… It’s eerily quite on Microsoft’s front on this subject…

      • ElektroDragon

        Given they won’t even release a hard drive for 360 bigger than 320GB or relax the 32GB USB storage limits, fat chance of them bringing the “promised” feature to Xbox One.

  • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

    Can we have a chatpad please?

    • Earmack

      Oh yes thats what i really miss!

    • ElektroDragon

      Why? You can hook up a USB keyboard now!

  • Curt1999

    When you bring the party update fix being able to join someone’s party when they are appearing offline

  • Michael Shelburne

    I want themes back.

    • Scott Daylor

      As do I. I also wouldn’t mind a bigger focus on avatars. I happened to enjoy them on 360, now on the One their simply tossed in the background.

    • ElektroDragon

      It seems customization was a fad of the 00′s because neither next gen console lets you customize squat.

  • deadbox102

    I would like to be able to use phones camera to redeem a code in Smart Glass as I am able to do with iTunes.

  • Scott Daylor

    Where’s that external HD support? I hope MS realizes that a lot of the people who bought their system have already filled up its tiny hard drive. Many like myself do not wish to go and delete a bunch of stuff we might be playing to make room. The end result will be that people will simply either stop buying new X1 games, or buy a lot less. I seriously doubt my 47.7GB left is gonna get me very far.

  • Buddy Gorman

    I tweeted you this but I’m not good with that twitter … Before the update my system connected to the internet fine with a alt MAC address now it won’t downloads streams all services still work but tells me I’m not connected to live servers in any game and I have 13 of them . Started a new connection with a hotspot thought my iPhone didn’t configure nothing custom and it works like it should switched back to the old connection with the alt MAC address same problem . Downloaded the titanfall beta I’ll never be able to play it

  • Justin Marshall

    Some suggestions…

    -Add ability to customize home wallpaper
    -Add notifications for favorite friends coming online
    -Add ability to rip audio cds to HDD
    -Add ability to play music in the background
    -Make deleting messages easier (one button press)
    -Add ability to play video/music files from flash drive and burned cd/dvds
    -Add ability to snap Skype/work in background so you can be on a Skype voice call and play a game at the same time.
    -Add ability to snap active downloads screen
    -Add ability to split pins into groups similar to the windows 8 start screen
    -Use Kinect to take a picture of you and use it as a gamer picture

    • trent82

      These are good suggestions, especially this one: “Add notifications for favorite friends coming online”
      Regarding pins, it would be nice to freely move them around. I like to keep mine in a certain order and every time I pin something new, I need to rework the whole thing by moving each pinned item to the front in the reverse order to get my setup back.

      • Justin Marshall

        Yeah, I have noticed that as well.

  • trent82

    I really like having a list on the side of my games showing me the games that I have rights for but aren’t currently downloaded. I’ve always wanted that for 360. One future request would be to be able to click on any of those items and choose to hide them from the list. For instance, my cloud list currently shows that Kinect Sports demo and I know I will never download that again, so it would be nice to be able to manually tidy up that list as it grows in the future.

  • J Flo

    really dislike the dashboard experience. It has potential. *sigh* Only thing i love is Upload feature. thats about it. If you had the option to upload in better quality. that would be better.

  • Laurie Aitchison

    I just really have a question as to XBox One data usage on the internet. My son has had his XBox since Dec and we have had no issues previously with regards to high data usage. 12th Feb 11.5GB,13 Feb 14GB,16 Feb 9GB & today 18 Feb 4.5GB. Can anyone tell me why. We do not have unlimited data, nothing has changed in the way he is using the XBox. Help Mother with very little money want answers and can find nothing online to explain this. Thanks in advance. Obviously something changed on the 12th Feb to cause this. Cheers Laurie

    • Scott Daylor

      It may be with the auto-downloading of patches. Some games have huge patches for them. For instance Dead Rising 3 had a 5 GB patch in Dec, then a 15GB patch a month later. Back in Dec I had an issue with a Forza 5 patch that auto-downloaded and my data usage hit about 35 GB that day. Based off what I know I used on that day, im guessing 25 of it was from that game. My advice would be to go into the system settings and shut auto downloads off. If he does have a game with a required patch he won’t be able to play it online unless he downloads it, but at least you have an option.

      It is odd you bring this up though. I’ve since shut auto downloads off back at the end of last Dec, but i’ve noticed an increase in data usage myself. Im not 100% sure its because the system, but its something to take into account.

      • Laurie Aitchison

        Thanks so much for this info Scott. I did try and go in last night and we did turn the auto downloading off. Plus I did see also that he had two games on. One being FORZA 5 – which thanks to your info could be the cause. I do appreciate you taking the time to response. It is much appreciated. I have searched the net for days trying to find an answer. Cheers Laurie

    • ElektroDragon

      Change your ISP to one that does have unlimited data. Any ISP with caps should be shut down by the feds. FCC needs to put a law in place against bandwidth caps.

      The cable companies like it because it forces you to keep paying outrageous cable TV prices instead of streaming or downloading all video entertainment.

      • Laurie Aitchison

        Hi New Zealand Broadband prices are huge in comparison to some countries. I currently pay $55 for 60GB to go unlimited would be too much. But will do the exercise and see – thanks for your post much appreciated

        • ElektroDragon

          Oh, sorry! Didn’t realize you were a kiwi.. My post won’t help you much then! Good luck!

  • Vagner Ranieri

    Why Microsoft made this update? After it the picture quality of some games are horrible! Ryse and KI are aliasing, with degrade textures.
    My console can’t run in “instant on mode”, if I do, the system stops to generate picture presenting me a total black screen! I need to do a master reset on console or take it off the outlet to fix this. Many people are having this issue.
    Microsoft seems to have turned off some kind of filter on games below 1080p, that made the picture quality degraded.
    Most people can’t see this kind of degrade picture quality, but who knows how set up yourself a system to extract the very best quality picture, can see the mess on the video quality.
    I hope Microsoft check this ASAP, fix the “Black Screen of Death” and fix the native Xbox One upscaler for games below 1080p. This is a shame for the Xbox fans…

  • Mr_X

    I am very disappointed with the whole Xbox One now regret that I bought a Xbox One and I blew $ 800 console and games . I ended up on the Xbox brand me completely disappointed in scale now understand that I should still remain loyal PlayStation. For me, the Xbox brand is dead . Xbox One weak hardware. PS4 console is cheaper and offers better performance in games go 1080p and 60fps . Xbox One offers weaker HW aa lower quality games but games are asking the same price as for quality games on PS4 .

    Microsoft
    may also issue updates million Xbox One game that does not work will
    still be up to 720p or only once a year at 30fps and 900p 60fps and
    1080p people can only dream about. I
    will now feel cheated and ripped off for your money I expected quality
    and performance of the console but I got only a little more than
    polished Xbox 360 any more . The problem is hardware and not software .

    I hope that I will sell the Xbox One, and I find some fool like me that bought my console . All
    development money now I will be giving up a single brand and it’s
    Playstation 4 console which is the only one on the market bearing the
    Next-Gen .

    • Brian Caveill

      Well said and I totally agree

 
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