August 12th 2014 4:43 am PT

Kicking off Gamescom 2014: More social features, new ways to watch TV, and USB and DLNA Support Coming Soon

UPDATE: Xbox Live’s AceyBongos and one of the lead engineers on Xbox, Ashley Speicher, demo some the new Xbox One features announced earlier today in this new video:

Ahead of our gamescom briefing live from Cologne, Germany at 2:00 p.m. CEST – that’s 8:00 a.m. ET and 5:00 a.m. PT – I’m excited to announce new and exciting features coming to Xbox One within the next few months.

We’ve been bringing tons of new features to Xbox One fans worldwide throughout the year. Thanks to the recently-launched Xbox Feedback, our fans have played a huge role in shaping these updates. In fact, we’ve received thousands of posts and more than 400,000 votes to date.

Starting in the early access program later this month, new social features making it easier for gamers to connect with their friends and new ways to access their TV and entertainment throughout their homes will be coming to Xbox One.  The updates include:

  • New “Friends” section – the new Friends section has been available for a few early access Preview members and we’re expanding it to everyone enrolled in the Preview program. The new Friends section enables users to see at a glance what’s going on with their friends. They can stay up-to-date with their current activities, the most popular games their friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore over the last 30 days.
  • Snap Center – Some of gamers’ favorite features in the Xbox 360 guide, are coming to Xbox One in a way that’s now truly be side-by-side with games. Messages, friends, parties, and achievements will all be available in the new Snap Center, providing a seamless way to switch back and forth without having to leave a game.
  • Threaded Messages – keeping gamers in their games while they multitask has been a huge focus. The new Messages app features threaded messages with the full conversation history – including embedded links to Game DVR clips – that can be viewed without interrupting gameplay.
  • Media Player – a new app will be available soon that enables users to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner –announced last week, this new accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
  • Stream TV to SmartGlass – launching first in markets receiving the Xbox Digital TV Tuner, Xbox One owners will be able to stream their TV across their home network to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. They can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on the Xbox One. This will work for SmartGlass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android.
  • Boot to TV – Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • Live TV mini guide – for markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. Users can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.
  • Country Expansion – we’re doing a lot of work on the backend to prepare for Xbox One to launch in 29 new markets
    in the coming weeks.

As with previous updates, these may be rolling out in general availability to Xbox One owners at different stages in the coming months. We continue to be amazed by our fans’ enthusiasm for our Xbox One system updates and their fantastic input. We’re working hard to make Xbox One more social and the best place for all your games and entertainment, and we can’t wait to roll out these new features, and more, in the coming months.

Later today, my gamescom co-host Acey Bongos, and one of the lead engineers on Xbox, Ashley Speicher, are demoing the new features. Stay tuned and we’ll post that demo a little later.

Xbox One compatible file types

  • 3gp audio
  • 3gp video
  • 3gp2
  • aac
  • adts
  • animated gif
  • asf
  • avi divx
  • avi dv
  • avi uncompressed
  • avi xvid
  • bmp
  • jpg
  • gif
  • h264 avchd
  • mjpeg
  • mkv
  • mov
  • mp3
  • mpeg 1 ps
  • mpeg 2
  • mpeg 2 hd
  • mpeg 2 ts
  • mpeg 4 h264 aac
  • mpeg 4 sp
  • png
  • tiff
  • wav
  • wma
  • wma lossless
  • wma pro
  • wma voice
  • wmv
  • wmv hd

System Update, Xbox One By Jeff Rubenstein

  • Tyrone Annor

    Hey Patrick, I’d really appreciate an invite to the media beta. Been waiting to test this out for a while now.
    Thanks in advanced!
    Gt: NabaDwA

    • Patrick

      done..

      • http://batman-news.com tylerlovekeeper

        damn pat your on that beta giving spree lol

  • Steve Mindoza

    Can i try out the beta for me and a friend? Gt’s are “Sourestdeeds” and “Mr Brookes”

    • Patrick

      done..

  • https://www.facebook.com/burntblackrebellion Ren

    If anyone can invite me please? The auto tv option would be a God send right now to stop the misses shouting xbox watch tv every morning :) gt. MaSTeRsans

    • Patrick

      done

      • https://www.facebook.com/burntblackrebellion Ren

        cheers matey :)

  • disqus_c0mVegN6I8

    Can I get a beta invitation, please?
    Gamertag: AirtightJet074

    • Patrick

      done

      • R0510

        Thank you! Patrick.

      • Jason Comeau

        Patrick, could you send me a beta invite? Gamertag: jasoneau
        Thank you so much :D

  • Jason Comeau

    Can someone please send me the beta invite? Gamertag: jasoneau
    Thank you so much!

    • Patrick

      done

      • Jason Comeau

        Thank you! I appreciate it.

  • Blake Banda

    Can someone please send me an invite??????? cLOWN 066

    Thanks!!!!!!

    • Patrick

      done

  • Didier Danloy

    Hi Patrick, can you please invite me to the beta? Gamertag : Geekier3001
    thank you very much.

    • Patrick

      done.

      • Didier Danloy

        Thank you Patrick

  • http://batman-news.com tylerlovekeeper

    still dont have the new friends section

  • Brian

    Hi guys, i am trying to get an invite to become an xbox preview member, is there any of you nice guys that can invite me please. my gamertag name is Bricam. Thank you to anyone in advance to any kind person that may invite me.

    • Patrick

      done

  • RAINING SHELLS

    How about a beta invite. Gamer tag.
    RAINING SHELLS

    • Patrick

      done

  • Guest

    How about external storage for xbox 360?

    The 320gb HDD doesn’t save more videos than games on top of other saved content such as DLC’s & Games4Gold. #xbox

 
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