March 18th 2014 6:00 am PT

Xbox One’s Next Wave of Features

We announced last month that we’ve invited select Xbox Live members to preview system updates early. Today we’re excited to share the next wave of Xbox One features that we will begin to roll out. These features will become available to members getting the early previews in the coming days and weeks and will be available to the full Xbox Live community in April:

  • 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 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’re also extending invitations to more Xbox Live members in our current Xbox One markets. New invitees will be sent an Xbox Live message to register, so keep an eye out.

We value all of the feedback we are getting from you. We know external hard drive storage is still a big one and we’ve promised before it’s on our list – I assure you that it still is. We’ll continue regular updates to Xbox One.

Thanks for your support.

 Cross posted on Xbox Wire

System Update, Xbox One By James Pfaff (litheon), Blogger

  • Ryan

    Good update, but I feel bad for the people with 100’s of friends. That’s the reason they disabled friends notifications, and now they’re going back? The people with 100’s of friends are going to hear the notification sound in their dreams.

    • Jaffa Cake King

      I’m sure there will be an option to disable them.

    • R3ALD3AL

      The notifications are only for favorites. Thats my understanding. …..

  • chris

    any possibility of us getting a remote play app for xbox one, so we can control our pc through the x1, i have a ms remote app for my tablets so im sure the x1 can do this too and that would encapsulate what bill gates wanted all along the machine in the living room that does it all

  • pmwarner

    External storage please.

  • Virus

    At least let us change the color of the background wallpaper

    • kevgallacher

      What background wallpaper?

      • Mike

        The boring black background Xbox One comes with. Xbox 360 allowed you to change this to whatever you want.

        • kevgallacher

          Its not a wallpaper though is it. It is just a black background.
          There is a difference. I actually quite like it the way it is. It looks clean and minimalistic just like Windows Phone. I guess it would be nice to apply a custom colour or wallpaper as an option though.

  • Michael Crow

    Hi,Is there any chance us uk users can get the us feature where you can control your cable box. We only have the option of Tv and Audio Receiver in the settings tab, and I would really like to control my Virginmedia cable box thru the xbox one, thanks

  • Slitka

    When will you fix the TV app? Still can’t hook up the cable box, because it only works for about a day.

  • xMx Miller

    When can we possibly see usb storage?

  • Michael Cardwell

    Why is using the DLNA SUPPORT such a task now? Why can we not play music in background for games? Where is voice messages at? The quick guide is sorely missed :(

  • maroofisonfire


    • Boddah86

      @evilfangs my console is on instant mode. its off at night and my son watches cartoons during the day. still no notifications on updates. my killer instinct is due a update but will only ask for update manually. I do have it ticked for auto update in settings, but i believe this is only for actual console updates.

      @maroofisonfire cheers mate. edited that. late night rant.

  • Tyrone Crosby

    I wish the update had it where we could chat with our friends on 360 who don’t have a Xbox One, I’m tired of having to have both Xbox One on and 360 on to chat with my friends that are on 360. Xbox Live should be one whole community where it doesn’t matter what console you own as long as you have a Xbox Live gold membership you should able to chat with anyone on either consoles.
    Another thing I would like back is where I could watch movies with friends in Netflix like there used to be on 360, I really liked that and it was even more fun and a good time watching something on Netflix with friends watching the same movie where our avatars would be like at the movie theaters an were able to do silly things, I think that would be a really cool feature to have back to bring it to the Xbox One

    • Riddick Snipes

      This would be logical. Last time I checked Microsoft aren’t doing that this gen.

  • evilfangs .

    It should update games and install patches for games if your console has instant on mode?

  • Chris McEvoy

    3D Bluray and a DLNA streaming interface next please!

  • el JOKER5

    I’m in the beta update preview program and have not received the 1404 update. I even did the cold reboot.

  • kevgallacher

    Wrong thread?

  • kevgallacher

    Where are the friends notifications?
    I cant find it in the options and I haven’t seen any notifications come up.

    • Speedkiller

      are you in the preview program?

      • kevgallacher

        Yes. It looks like this part is coming later.

  • Ryan Cox

    Can anyone invite me to the Preview Program? My GT is Delicious Dairy. Thanks! Woo.

  • neil fitch

    Can someone please invite me, my gt is Psycho Bucka, thanks in advance!