July 18th 2014 10:05 am PT

What to Expect with the Next Xbox One Update

You have made Xbox what it is today and we couldn’t be more grateful for your support and valuable feedback. Our focus continues to be on you and what you want in the product. Last month, we launched Xbox Feedback, a dedicated channel for all your thoughts and recommendations. We will begin implementing some of the features you requested by rolling out the next Xbox One system update for folks who get early access. We’re looking forward to hearing feedback on features before we roll them out to all Xbox One consoles next month and beyond.

In the next update, we’ll improve a number of social features to make sharing your gaming experiences with friends better and easier. Here’s a shortlist of features rolling out next week to those with early access to the Xbox One system update:

  • Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed.  The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).
  • Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what’s going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. We’re doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it’s ready for the entire Xbox One market.
  • Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.
  • Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.
  • Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.
  • Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.
  • OneGuide in Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland: Live TV listings can be configured for four new countries as part of this month’s Preview program. And now there is an OneGuide Issue Reporter available under the TV & OneGuide settings, Troubleshooting section.
  • Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it’s been since a friend has been online. For example, “Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5.”

In addition to these features, we are still always doing other work on the backend you may not notice including getting ready to ship in 29 new markets starting this September.

Thank you for your incredible support. You’ve helped us make Xbox One a great place to play games and we’re looking forward to the road ahead as we get ready to launch the most critically acclaimed games this holiday.

 

System Update, Xbox One By Jeff Rubenstein

  • guyver2077

    woo hoo for 3d support! you guys listened!

  • BelaidKL

    You lot are doing a great job on the Xbox One.. The console has changed drastically since launch and these updates help improve every aspect.. Looking forward to seeing what the console like in 12 months time

  • fastharryDOTcom

    can we get one button private chat..please?..NO ONE answers a party invite to cross chat….and a dedicated sleep timer to shut off ALL equipment at the same time?

    And how about a date/time stamp under each message so I don’t waste time joining a party invite from last night….In fact, while you are at it…How about a RED?GREEN dot next to the party invite to show the party is active?

    BTW..FIRST!….

    • ImTheMetalLord

      BTW Not First but THIRD. :P

      • fastharryDOTcom

        Damn, this morning when I posted there were no comments..and I was at the bottom of the list with 4 above me….I smell sabotage by a SONY software writer….

  • Jeremy Alajajian

    HDMI pass through & boot to t.v. were the two most requested features in the feedback forum. When are those being implemented?

    • fastharryDOTcom

      ARMENIAN power!

    • http://matejgottwald.wordpress.com/ Matěj Gottwald

      The fact that something is important (most requested) doesn’t mean it can be done instantly. Just wait, apparently MS is doing ther best to deliver the features ASAP. And they’re doing very good!

    • http://ryan.snook.us/ Snook

      Just because they are highly voted doesn’t mean they will be implemented at all. They have to design, allocate resources, give priority, determine if the return is worth the investment etc. It takes months, you know, it’s a business with politics and an interest in profitability. If they don’t think the return is greater than the investment even if it’s the top voted idea, it’s not going to get implemented.

      However, they already acknowledged they were looking into boot to TV on the forums.

      • Icedry

        I recently take decision to unplug my Tv and Sat from xbox One. Too much electricity. My bills are levitated from november.

        • ratchetrandy

          your bills float in the air? cool story bro

          • Icedry

            yep… while my balls fall reading comments like yours :)

  • Dave Slye

    Was really hoping for Preordering/Preloading…. I guess we need to wait till October I guess :(

    • Nick Peck

      I’m guessing that’s when it will happen considering the first game to supposedly use it is Sunset Overdrive. I’m sure we will hear more soon. I really love how fast the crank out all of these updates.

  • Jamie Stafford

    when is video playback on external devices going to be supported??

  • Icedry

    Great Job. As usual. But i’m very sad about Pinball fx 2. As you know dislike on PS4 is not possible to import the tables we own on 360. Why we have to pay tables twice?

    • Biggydaddy2013

      I agree, it’s disappointing to see this type of “money-grabbing” being done by M$.

      • ImTheMetalLord

        MS has very little to gain as apposed to Zen Studios when it comes to “money-grabbing” on this issue however. We really have no idea who is to blame considering that MS has and will allow this on other games it does not make any sense that they wouldn’t allow this if Zen really wanted it.

        • Icedry

          Zen Studios say that is all by MS that on Xbox One in not possible to import Tables from our xbox 360 collections. And also says that are talking with MS to solve this incredible matter.

          • ImTheMetalLord

            I know what they are saying however how hard is it if they really want it all things being considered?

          • Icedry

            I think that the problem is the program id@xbox. If pinball fx2 came out as a normal Xbox live arcade there would be no problems.

  • Philip Smith

    Please can I get an invite to the preview program GT: Chunk72

    This is so hard to get on to. All help appreciated.

    • Zockaholik

      I’ve invited you :)

      • Biggydaddy2013

        Can you invite me too? GT: BIGGYDADDY

        • http://matejgottwald.wordpress.com/ Matěj Gottwald

          I hope you guys understand that the Preview program is not just about having the features early but also accept problems and bugs (some updates messed up sound, some messed up TV, some messed up launching games, some messed up data, sometimes you will need to do factory reset etc.) and also help to report and solve them. Just keep that in mind!

          • Biggydaddy2013

            Yeah, I was in the program on Xbox360.

        • Zockaholik

          Done

      • rb

        Can you please invite me? GT: NONE MORE BLACK

        • Zockaholik

          done

      • Philip Smith

        Thanks so much.

  • http://www.trueachievements.com/NBA+Kirkland.htm NBA Kirkland

    “…and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore.”
    Wow, finally a friends gamerscore leaderboard. Didn’t think this day would ever come. Thanks, MS guys and gals.

    • http://summified.com/ Ry L

      I go for more game completion percentage than gamerscore…it’d be cool if you could toggle between the two.

      • http://www.trueachievements.com/NBA+Kirkland.htm NBA Kirkland

        I hear ya, but don’t hold your breath. The majority don’t give a hoot about that. Toggling between last 30 days (as shown in the video) and total would be nice.

  • Death Dealer

    Keep em coming MS!

    • Not_true

      Get mental help “Death Dealer”. Stop spreading fanboy lies, hatred, and FUD on disqus. I know it’s you leaving those “pauper” comments then deleting your name so it looks like “Guest”.

      All 3 consoles have good games and have their pluses and minuses. It’s only fanboys mindlessly trashing one or the other.

      It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

  • Bob G

    DIGITAL PRE-ORDERS please!!!

    I want the Destiny Digital Guardian Edition for Xbox One!

    • NarcoSleepy

      There has been some chatter that this is coming. Let’s hope in the next update.

    • War5torm

      Same!

      As much as I dislike pre-order bonuses, because its content cut from a game. I’m tired of missing out on them simply because I download the game :(

  • jeanpolbac

    Thank you so much for bringing 3D Bluray Playback support!! I can finally get rid of my Playstation 3!

    Still pending:
    – HDMI pass through
    – Full DLNA support
    – Auto boot to TV instead of to dashboard.

    • Chris

      Same here – only reason my PS3 is still under my TV. Thanks to all on the Xbox team!

  • Kris S

    Awesome, was starting to have doubts on 3D blu-ray support which I have been hoping for since launch! Thanks team

  • Michael H. Pelech

    Is there a way to sign up for early access to the update? I’d love to try the mobile downloading for the Destiny Beta next week.

    • Aie Pepito

      I can invite you on the preview if you’re not into ;) but i don’t know when the update will be pushed. If you want to, give me your gamertag and i’ll add you when i can ^^

      • Michael H. Pelech

        My GT is Longhorn1011. Thanks. (hopefully this isn’t a cruel, cruel prank you’re playing on me!)

        • Aie Pepito

          it’s not a prank ^^ but wait until sunday because i’m not at home for the moment. I think there will be an update for smartglass too to use the mobile downloading!

          • Michael H. Pelech

            That’s awesome. Would love to try out the mobile download feature to get the beta downloading while I’m at work.

          • Aie Pepito

            invited yesterday ;)

      • Kayhan

        me too if possible please that’ll be awesome my gamertag is Kayhan S

        • Aie Pepito

          i’ll invite you too ^^

          • alan dempsey

            id like ainvite too if anyone can spare one aka del72

          • Kayhan

            thanks a mil

          • Aie Pepito

            invited ^^

    • Kayhan

      I want in too – apparently its only by invitation :(

  • ZappyKins

    This is awesome you guys! Thanks for everyone who put in the hard work. I’d tip my fedora if I was wearing one.

  • Edward Hall

    Superb update. You managed to beat Sony with 3D Blu-ray support. With this and GTA V on XBOX One in the fall I can finally unplug my PS3

  • Kieran

    Whats missing is a bio. Like write something about yourself and where you live.

  • Biggydaddy2013

    Are we ever getting the ability to take screenshots on the Xbox1? I know you mentioned this a long while ago. Has this fell thru the cracks?

    • Nick Peck

      It’s coming I’m sure, they can’t do everything at once. With the amount of changes that it needs (ie: software / firmware) some features will take longer than others.

  • http://www.andreatek.com/ AndreaTek

    Great update, just missing to take screenshots and share them ! :)

  • JohnnyXB1

    Larry we need screenshots

  • Grex

    i would like to see an active parties block on the new firends panel. So i can quickly join any parties that my friends are already in.

  • Gazmaster3D

    Fantastic set up dates and I had a feeling 3D support was incoming seeing as Zen studios said Pinball FX 2 would have it, then backtracked.

  • http://danielbogni.wordpress.com/ Daniel Bogni

    Uow! Great update in august! I really liked it!

  • scrapplejoe

    Wow, no pre-loading support yet… PS4 and Destiny will be huge because of that… hopefully that makes it to the next update….

    either that or Microsoft made a deal with Gamestop to not do this…

    • Death Dealer

      I find the game pretty mediocre, so we’ll see.

    • Nick Peck

      It’s been said several times now that Sunset Overdrive will be the first game to use it, so it might not make it until Oct. I agree, hopefully they bring it out sooner because that will definitely benefit from it.

  • Guest

    Is there a way to apply for the preview program?

    • Anthony

      I can add you, I just need your gamertag.

      • Mike Gitkos

        Would you be able to invite me? If so, thanks in advance!

        GT: EgoDogg

  • Snake eyes 211

    3d yes

  • PrimitiveMeat

    The 3D inclusion is really sweet, but I hope this also means 3D will pass thru the HDMI in so my Direct TV will let the 3D channels work. I’m all for the extra features. With that being said I also sincerely hope for major performance increases across the board along with them. Great Job!!

  • http://summified.com/ Ry L

    Everything is a very good and welcome improvement! Awesome!

  • Miami Prodigy

    Cd player, DVD player, blu ray player, blu ray 3d player, TV integration, getting notifications while watching TV, Skype, snap, voice commands and most importantly a video game machine….. halo the master chief collection, destiny, forza horizon 2, sunset overdrive and ori.

    It truly is an all in one console…. thank you Microsoft.

    All I really want now are background themes…. like you had on the 360…. I don’t care if you charge two or three dollars…. I want to personalize my Xbox one with a mass effect background theme or a tron legacy theme.

    • Aie Pepito

      agree with you for all except for the paid background ^^ just put personal picture or achievement one would be great .

      • DarkMaturus

        Interesting concept. Background that you have to earn! Awesome :) Some achievements i am really really proud of. This would be a great way to celebrate it.

  • http://matejgottwald.wordpress.com/ Matěj Gottwald

    These monthly updates keep reassuring me the Xbox One’s power is the SW skills behind it. MS is a great software company and each update pushes the Xbox One further, making it significantly better. This is something – despite all the power or price advantage – Sony can only dream about.
    Keep it up, MS! And keep improving Kinect, just don’t forget us people who’ve put a lot of faith in it.

  • chris smith

    I would love a preview invite I love xbox one :) my gamer tag is Life Is Creed

    • Aie Pepito

      would try to invite you when i get home. But if someone invite you already tell me ^^

      • chris smith

        cheers

        • Aie Pepito

          i added you and invite you yesterday, you will receive a message from the xbox team in the week normally ;)

  • halodudify

    Good improvements
    The ability to take screenshots, and external harddrive / usb support for music/video file playback would be great

    • Professor Oak

      External HD support is already there

      • http://matejgottwald.wordpress.com/ Matěj Gottwald

        “for music/video file playback”

        • Professor Oak

          Sorry

    • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

      Since you have the ability to upload video to the One Drive, you can view that video on your mobile device or pc to then take a screenshot or make a high res wallpaper.

      • halodudify

        True, but 9/10 times “Xbox, Record That” doesn’t work for me and the Game DVR is too slow to load. I’d need to record quite far back because of how long the DVR takes to load. My connection is awful, got less than 1MB/s download and can only reach 0.1MB/s upload (and that’s on a good day), so it wouldn’t be efficient. A 30 second clip I recorded took over 5 minutes to upload, since then I’ve never recorded another clip.

        • Mike P.

          You need to recalibrate your kinect if it doesn’t work 9/10 times.

          • halodudify

            I have, a few times. It’s only the “Xbox, record that” command that doesn’t work properly. All the other commands work perfectly all the time.

        • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

          I’d hate to play online with those speeds. My tests show 50+mb down and about 12mb up.

  • LivDoug

    Could someone invite me into the preview program? My tag is LivDoug

    • PrimitiveMeat

      Sure Ill send one out now. be patient though it takes a bit to get approved.

      • chris smith

        could you send one to me as well my tag is Life Is Creed :D if you want of course

        • PrimitiveMeat

          Just sent Bro… Good luck getting in.

          • Ryan M.

            Have an extra? My gamertag is ryanmcv89

          • PrimitiveMeat

            Ill send out in a few Ryan.

          • Mathias Simon

            please, if you still have an invite.. MathSimon is the gamertag.. great update!

          • PrimitiveMeat

            You get the last one bro. Will send in a few minutes.

          • Ryan M.

            Thanks! How will I know if I’m approved? Will there be a notification?

          • PrimitiveMeat

            If approved, they will send a message to you on your console which will have a link to download the preview app.

          • Jesse Gutierrez

            I would really provide great feedback if I was to get into the preview program. How does someone sign-up?

            GT: Skullycandy

          • PrimitiveMeat

            Ill sent invite out in a few.

      • LivDoug

        Thank you

        • PrimitiveMeat

          No problem..

          • 13zayden

            me too plz? gt: zayden

          • PrimitiveMeat

            Sent

          • Griffin Batson

            I’d like a invite to please. GT: GBs Cool Breeze

          • PrimitiveMeat

            Sent

          • 13zayden

            thanks!!!!!

  • scrapplejoe

    can someone let me borrow their 65″ 3D HDTV set for this? I am a beta tester…. let me know…

    • PrimitiveMeat

      LOL. Cant fault ya for trying. I have 65″ 3D set, ill let ya know how it goes.

  • http://summified.com/ Ry L

    So the friends app is now moved from the main screen to it’s own “page” off to the side (with embellishments)… BUT, (as pointed out by many on the feedback site) Friends doesn’t really need to ever be in the recent app area of the home page, since it’s off to the side.

  • War5torm

    Any chance paid DLC achievements will be separated from main game achievements? I don’t like it when my 100% is ruined by DLC I don’t want.

    Make it so that achievements for paid DLC don’t appear unless you download the actual DLC content :)

    • chris smith

      that doesn’t sound like a bad idea

    • http://summified.com/ Ry L

      I started a feedback idea for that a month or so ago…go vote on it! (it’s called “100% completion, even without DLC”)

  • chris smith

    there is one thing that is needed the ability to kick people from your parties

    • PrimitiveMeat

      Agreed!!

  • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

    Battery low notification is nice. I can’t tell you how many times my controller just up and dies when I think it still has juice. It may need some finer tuning, but at least i’ll know it’s low now.

    The activity feed/friends list items are just a waste of time really when more important items should be ahead of that. One being the playback of video off usb or to browse media pc library. I am hopeful that is on the top of the updates list soon.

    • Nick Peck

      I’m sure the activity feed thing was a much faster to fix/add/change than doing the playback stuff. I’m sure it’s being worked on but there is a priority list on how longs things take to finish. Hopefully it will be soon!

  • Generalkidd

    Two things I still really want:

    1. Snappable Friends List App (I hate having to go to the homescreen and start up a full screen app to see who’s online)
    2. Show notifications for Xbox 360 friends that sign online.
    Also, if anybody could possibly send me an invite to the preview program, that would be awesome! My gamertag is: General Heed

    Thanks!

    • trickbfc1988

      Yeah that would be nice also it would be great if we could speak to freinds in parties who are playing on the 360. Other than that the xbox one is slowly getting there and the battery notification was a much needed addition.

  • Stephen Ynwa Blythe

    Lower digital price in line with retail,digital pre ordering and also pre loading….these are the most requested features on the feedback site yet nothing AGAIN!

    • Nick Peck

      Get out from under that rock, the digital stuff is coming but not until next month at the soonest. Hopefully sooner but I would bet you it’s in the next update after this one hits.

      • Stephen Ynwa Blythe

        Not under a rock…its a sea shell :P
        Being a digital only consumer its just frustrating so instead of moaning at a wall I thought I’d try virtual moaning, hopefully it will come this is a good update especially the downloading when your Xbox is on instant on mode that will help me but need more digital help :)

    • http://ryan.snook.us/ Snook

      Just because they are most requested doesn’t mean they are going to implement them.

      • Nick Peck

        ^This as well. Some things people want most might just not work at all, who knows. Just have to be patient, which I know is hard to do :D

    • TheHackingSpartan

      Then GameStop would go bankrupt . I don’t want that to happen

    • Mike P.

      They are in line with retail MSRP.
      Also you don’t make a system update about sales…you make it about updating the system.

  • http://www.Soundcloud.com/Stream-Of-Consciousness Stream Of Conscious

    Nice update. The low battery notification is great…the expanded social functions sound cool.

    Now I just want my custom soundtracks back and digital preordering/preloading (which I read is coming by Oct). Hopefully the update is available on my X1 today.

  • Wender

    Could someone invite me into the preview program? My tag is WenderBR, I live in Brazil and I wanted try OneGuide.

    • Anthony

      Ill add you today!

      • Wender

        Thanks Anthony. I see you in Xbox Live. :)

        • André

          Hey I’m from Brazil as well and would love to try out the new features! It would be awesome if you could invite me! My gamertag is AndgfariaBR . Big thanks!

      • TheHackingSpartan

        I always dreamed to be in the preview program. I live in Ireland and I bought my first 3D Blu-ray movie today. Please can you invite me. My gamertag is HackingSpartan8. I’ll be grateful. Thanks in advance

        • Anthony

          Of course!!!

          • Jorge Garza

            Hey Anthony, sorry to be such a mooch! Would you mind inviting me too? My gamertag is jagg857 , thank you!

          • Anthony

            Hana. Not at all.

      • Miguel

        Hi Anthony, would you mind inviting me too to the beta preview? :D I’m would like to try the Mexico OneGuide feature GT: El Mae Mike 117

        • Anthony

          I’ll add you later today.

        • Anthony

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  • http://www.martinspierings.nl Martin Spierings

    Looks awesome guys. Getting better and better every update.

    My only need-to-have request right now is:
    Pre-order and pre-load games.

    When new games are going to be released, like Destiny, i want to buy it digitally in advance and to be able to download it in advance so i can play it when it is out immediately. It has been high on my list for years now and i hope that you guys will add this in the near future. Especially games like Destiny who have pre-order bonusses for beta-testing it seems pretty evident that you can also play the beta when you want to buy it digitally. In my country (and online) there is also no way of pre-ordering digital versions of the game, so its not as easy.
    For now i’ve pre-ordered it to get the key and than cancelled it again to buy it on launch day but still be able to play the beta. But i don’t really think thats fair towards the shops.

    • Legion

      Right there with you.
      I’ve done this EXACT thing. Hoping to have it digital and wanting the digital edition with the extended dlc. Would love to get this to download beforehand so I can play at midnight as if I had gone to *your local game store here*.

  • chris smith

    Please hurry up and bring the one guide to Australia :(

  • Jesse Gutierrez

    Great update. The low battery notification is appreciated. The expanded social functions are wonderful.

  • Ryan M.

    Great update- certainly the most significant thus far. I can finally get rid of my PS3 and use my XB1 for 3D Blu-rays. Thanks, Major!

  • Georgey_Peorgey

    Love the friends access through home screen. Loading the stand alone app for friends can be painfully slow especially after a hard reset (which needs to be done constantly). It would be nice to see access to your top favourite friends right from that same screen where you could press one button to join, chat etc. Actions could be assigned to X & Y buttons and or L & R triggers. Anything to avoid opening that stand alone friends app would be welcome.

  • Paul Lelowicz

    3D support!!!!! Can finally use my Vizio 50″ to its full potential.

    • ElektroDragon

      Whips out Crocodile Dundee voice: “Call that a TV?”

  • ilovegoogleglass

    Major, you’re the man!

    • Swat

      Why? All he did was copy/paste the news from the Xbox website. He has nothing to do with the developments.

      • Jorge Garza

        Except He is the direct contact with the public and He transfer customer feedback to the proper depeartment.

  • Lee

    Microsoft, you’re really nailing these updates. Thanks for listening to us! :)

    • Swat

      Only because their sales are falling.

      • http://ryan.snook.us/ Snook

        Actually they are rising.

      • deadbox102

        Yeah, you may want to update your info there.

      • avi

        um…no. They’re rising. Do some easy research.

      • Four Chan² / Side B

        NPD shows sales are up and Microsoft is just barely behind PS4 in sales now per month, they expect Xbox One to over take the PS4 in a year, especially after September because PS4 isn’t doing good in their own home market of Japan.

        • James Jiao

          Can you show me the link to it? (not quite sure what NPD is)

 
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