May 2nd 2014 1:30 pm PT

Coming Soon: New Audio Controls and Opt-In Setting to Help Improve Voice Recognition

As part of our ongoing effort to bring new features to our Xbox fans worldwide, we’ll begin rolling out more features to folks in our early access program beginning this week and we’re looking forward to their feedback before shipping the system update to all Xbox One owners in May. We hope you’ve been enjoying our most recent Xbox One system update that rolled out last week and we look forward to bringing you even more great features in the months ahead.

Feature highlights for this next phase of our early access program include a new sound mixer for snapped apps, chat volume controls when using Kinect and the option to help us improve speech recognition. You can also take this update on demand as soon as it becomes available if you’d like.

Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat
We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat.

Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition
Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want to continue making this great for all Xbox One owners worldwide. The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans. If you want to help us in our efforts to make voice and speech improvements for Kinect even better, you can opt-in to a speech data collection. Under Settings, then Privacy & Online Safety, go to Customizing privacy and online safety and set Share Voice Data to Allow. This is completely optional and all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.

Take the Next System Update When You Want
You’ll now also be able to take this next system update as soon as it’s available if you want. When this update is made available, you’ll find the option under Settings, then select System update as shown below.

As always, we’re thrilled with our fans’ enthusiasm about our Xbox One system updates and we’re really excited about what’s coming in the next few months. We look forward to hearing your feedback about these latest features in our early access program and will roll them out to everyone worldwide in May.

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

  • jeanpolbac

    Please bring 3D Bluray playback, full DLNA and external storage support….. We can deal with Kinect voice recognition optimizing after you bring back basic features that should have been there to begin with.

  • Jose Escobar

    Why you guys so worried about the kinnect it the only thing out there of its kind and it’s doing just fine in my option yea a few tweaks here and there but the most important thing u guys should focus is using more of its ram n telling developers not to b afraid to fully use the Xbox one

  • Jose Escobar

    Yes and please for the love of te game bring 3d playback on the blue ray app

  • Jose Escobar

    major Nelson I know u saw the vid that fan made on how the Xbox one really needs to b with back grounds not just all that black back there what happen to the moving tiles n background pics . Also 3d play back and hbo go please release these things before sony

  • John Smith

    Here’s a dumb question – why can’t the voice rec algorithm for a Kinect/Xbox system simply use voice samples specific to that system? In other words, my Kinect doesn’t need access to samples of millions and millions of owners to work better, just 3 people – me, my wife and our kid. If it could recognize just our voices well, I’d be happy.

  • Shakeslikecrazy

    Rather small update I got: 300+ MB…