Xbox One Tips and Tricks


Now that Xbox One has launched, you’ve probably noticed there is a lot to discover about the console. In this video, I thought I’d show you some quick tips that you may find useful. What are your tips? Leave them in the comment section below and maybe we’ll use it in a future video.

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  • roozbeh, again

    I think the most useful thing would be a list of all apps that you can snap. To my understanding not all apps can be snapped.

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    • evilfangs .

      “Xbox snap”

      TV, Party, Eurosport player, Skydrive, Crackle, Twitch, Xbox video, Xbox music, 4OD, Machinima, Game DVR, Activity, IE.

      Those are the apps I can snap, but I don’t have every app installed like for example, Netflix might be able to be snapped.

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      • Dragonborn

        I really want a Twitter app that could snap and automatically refreshes. That would be awesome.

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      • Nick Peck

        Oh I’m sure that’s in the works already haha. Even though I hate twitter and FB personally, but I have no doubt they will both be out pretty soon.

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      • EldritchWarlord

        You can snap Netflix, but it doesn’t let you do anything except “go to fullscreen.”
        I believe there’s an icon in the upper right of the app tile which indicates if an app must be fullscreen or snapped (absent if either is allowed).

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      • BlinkFandango

        You have to start the movie in full screen and then you can snap it, a little awkward, but not terrible.

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    • Technobeatdown

      Yeah, just saying Xbox snap brings up that list

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  • Marco Acunzo

    Peggle 2 D:

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    • Dragonborn

      So excited! And it is cheap as well, only $12 here in NA!

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  • Anonymous

    #stop making us have to use kinect to do stuff
    millions of us have it unplugged
    drop the ugly windows 8 theme bring back blades from the 1st 360

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    • evilfangs .

      You don’t have to use it, the controller can do everything the Kinect can do.

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      • StormRaging

        How do you snap with just the controller? Hitting the middle button just closes the game. I still kinda want a mini guide back.

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      • evilfangs .

        Snap feature is on the right on the dashboard. Just about the my games and apps.

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      • StormRaging

        so to use the controller if you are already in a game you have to go to the dashboard then open up snap?

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      • evilfangs .

        The game pauses anyway when you hit the dashboard button and as soon as you hit the snap button the screen goes back to your game. It takes a max of 3 seconds if that to go from your game snap and then back to playing.

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      • Fred Bloggs

        You can double click the Xbox button to swap between snap app and main app

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      • EldritchWarlord

        Couldn’t be simpler unless the controller had a “snap” button. Press the Xbox button, select snap (it’s one tile to the right), find the app you want snap in the list and voila.

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      • Fingleberries

        Hit the Xbox button > browse to the app > click menu button before launching the App and select “Snap” from the menu.
        or “Xbox, Snap “.
        I know which I prefer…:)

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      • Alphapapa

        There is also the Snap option on the Home Screen that lets you choose snap able apps. If you have an app snapped that same selection changes into an unsnap option.

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    • Technobeatdown

      Don’t speak for others. I love the kinect functions

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      • paul rolland

        Right back at you, Just because you love it dose not mean it should be the only way to use the UI

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      • Technobeatdown

        Didn’t say it was. He said millions have it unplugged…. That’s the part I doubted

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      • Oliver King

        Its not the only way to use the UI, you can use voice or a controller & its completely optional .

        It helps to own an X1 to know these things.

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      • Nick Peck

        Sounds like someone hasn’t even used the system yet lol. It’s every easy to fly around via the controller.

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    • Dragonborn

      You are not forced to use it. Also, why would you not want to use it? It is an integral part of the system and at least for me personally one of the reasons I enjoy my Xbox one so much. And you are wrong, millions do not have it unplugged, I would suppose barely any actually. You can do everything with the controller anyway so I don’t see why you are complaining.

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    • eboy71

      “Millions”? Not quite sure where that number is coming from, but whatever. Myself, I’m really enjoying it. Walking into my tv room and having my entire system fire up and be automatically logged-in seconds after saying “XBox On” is still a really cool experience. I haven’t really found a use for gesture commands, but the voice commands are gold.

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    • tigertomspill

      my issue from what i have seen is that it should be just as easy to find something with controller as it is with kinect. It makes me seem the use kinect voice commands to fix a horrible UI, 360 was done right so why change it unless there was some way to make it better or easier….

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    • Nick Peck

      Any many more millions of us love the Win8 simplicity and look, and love using voice commands via Kinect. Enjoy.

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  • http://realotakugamer.com/ Michael

    Very informative video. I hope more like it are on the way.

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  • Dan

    Something that I’ve found really useful is to use the ‘favorites’ section in your friends list. Makes keeping track of what people are up to – and inviting them into your games – much, much easier. The favorites list is also present when you snap activity, too.

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  • Andy

    Out of interest… why is the shoulder button swapping from Pins to Home to Store so jerky? Other things spin in and out smooth as you like, but on mine (UK, 1080p@60hz) that particular operation is jerky as hell…

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    • Anonymous

      Microsoft only beta tested the Xbone in US and forgot about EU

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  • JuanCabrera

    View and Menu are dumb button names. And they are hard to differentiate between sometimes on screens. Start and Back were fine and the forward/back triangles were easier to distinguish between.

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    • EldritchWarlord

      How are three horizontal lines and a square on top of another square hard to distinguish?

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      • JuanCabrera

        Compared to blue, red, yellow, green, or Y, X, A, B.

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      • EldritchWarlord

        A and B are just as similar, so are X and Y. I suppose they would be more distinct if they were different colors, however Start and Back were not differently colored and they’re what you are comparing Menu and View to.

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  • TonyLN

    “Xbox Select” — Had no idea about this. Very useful, was pissing me off in Netflix… I kept going “Xbox Netflix” to bring up the menu — it worked… But not what I wanted.

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  • http://www.thebiglistofpubs.com/ Bibowski

    My TV doesn’t seem to be connected to the entire ‘xbox on’ command. My receiver is though… how do I go back into that initial setup to get everything connected?

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    • iSoar

      It’s under settings and then the TV one guide preferences I believe.

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  • Anonymous

    1080p Gamerpic 1080p Skype 1080p Netflix but only 720p Games? are you forgetting who made the Xbox brand us gamers stop giving us 720p we had that all of last gen

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    • EldritchWarlord

      There were very few 7th gen games that were native 720p. The consoles all did upconversion to 720p.
      Much like how 8th gen consoles are doing upconversion to 1080p.

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      • ElektroDragon

        Yeah except if you have a PS4 where no upconversion is needed. I have both next gen consoles (not counting the Wii U which I also have), but let’s not kid ourselves here. PS4 has more AAA 1080p games.

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      • uxo22

        Anyway

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      • Mqf

        What are they? Knack? Killzone? And…..

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      • Dylan

        Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty are ones off the top of my head that run at a better native resolution.

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      • kevgallacher

        Call of duty has framerate issues on PS4.
        I wish this 1080p debate would stop. It won’t matter in 6 months, when games will be achieving 1080p easily.

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      • Dylan

        I haven’t noticed an issues. But for arguments sake, which is more troubling?

        Call of Duty running 1080 and not a stable 60 FPS, dipping to maybe 40-50?
        Or
        Dead Rising 3, running in 720, and dipping to 16-20 FPS.

        The problem is, is that people have been screaming about the lack of technological advance in this gen.
        Microsoft REPEATEDLY refused to release the specs for months.

        I’m not so sure we’ll be seeing full 1080 on every game this gen. Even with better optimization.

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      • roozbeh, again

        “Call of Duty running 1080 and not a stable 60 FPS, dipping to maybe 40-50?
        Or
        Dead Rising 3, running in 720, and dipping to 16-20 FPS.”

        Totally different games. One uses all it’s resources for dog and fishes and the other has a few thousand zombies on screen and is an open world game.

        Although I agree about the lack of technological advancement in this gen, especially from Microsoft.

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      • roozbeh, again

        The Wii U has more AAA 1080p games than both of these consoles.

        I find that even more shocking.

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      • iSoar

        1080p means nothing. You can make ugly games at 1080p and you can make beautiful games at 720p. You can make crappy games at 1080p and great gams at 480i. It does not matter as long as the games are good and run smoothly. This is a straw man issue so Sony fans can (and now Nintendo fans) can argue superiority. It means nothing. Games mean everything.

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      • Nick Peck

        Killzone / Knack.. those are the only Sony games, the rest is from indies and 3rd parties. Also, does 1080p make the game more enjoyable? No, and honestly, who even cares? Funny how Ryse is 900 converted to 1080p and looks better than all of sonys 1080p native games so far. But enjoy anyways😀

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      • iSoar

        1080 means nothing.

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    • http://tmazon.com/ Tony

      Forza 5 and NBA 2K14 are both 1080p native. It depends on the developers, but the console is certainly capable of native 1080p at 60fps.

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    • iSoar

      Go away.

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  • Ash9

    My big question is, will we be getting the user default settings back? I already miss having the games know I want invert sticks, and manual transmission on by default when I start up a new game. I had actually forgotten that was a feature in the 360 since I set it up so long ago. Then I played my first few One games and had to change the settings for every game I loaded up.

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    • iSoar

      I agree. I play games inverted too and in a game like AC4 had to change the controls in 3 different areas. I haven’t had to do this in years. I guess the bigger question I have is, did the people designing Xbox One even look at the Xbox 360? Not saying this in a crappy way, but there are just some great, simple, quick features that made the 360 amazing and super quick to navigate. For all the great things that are in the Xbox One, there is no doubt that they took a step backward on chat (why does it take so long to start up? why is party chat not “on” as a default, why does it take so long to pull up my list of friends to invite someone, why do their headsets kick out and go through Kinect?). Also, Achievement – are way to cumbersome. There needs to be overall preference settings as discussed. And the menu (start) or window (select) button should just bring up the mini-blades system like the xbox 360 guide button does now, for quick navigaton. Because that is the thing most sorely missed is a quick navigation system to quickly chat, listen to music (still can’t find the dlna stuff), check achievements (without leaving the game), check downloads, etc.
      Don’t get me wrong, I love the system and I know it will continue to improve and evolve. I just believe these are the basic issues that need to be addressed sooner than later.

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      • Kevin Jones

        i totally agree with u 110% isoar

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      • iSoar

        Thanks. Trying to be constructive. Nothing is worse than the Sony fanboys that don’t seem to have any games to play or something, griefing every forum that has to do with Xbox One. It will get better, no doubt in my mind and there is lots to love about it now.

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      • Nick Peck

        I agree and like both comments you made! Again, that’s what needs to be done, constructive criticism. MS will only what people want when they have level headed people making suggestions instead of the usual swearing moron thinking he can build and program better than the pros.

        Much like you said, I agree but I know that as time goes on I think they will address much of this in updates as they did with the 360. They really need to get it out into the wild to see how people use it before they can really understand the changes / quality of life changes that should / could be done.

        However, it’s a fantastic start and I love the overall functionality, but much like Win8, the XBO needs it’s Win8.1 update to tidy things up down the road.

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    • Spargo CXVII

      Agree!!!!!

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    • Nick Peck

      Yah this is the one thing that I’m pretty annoyed that isn’t there. That was one of my most favorite options on the 360, set it and forget it. I HATE starting up a game and I end up staring at the floor / sky and thinking “dang it, go into options and invert”….

      Not a total downer, but I REALLY want this option back. I always mean to state this and forget about it so thanks for mentioning it. Loving the system so far though, total blast and money well spent.

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  • roozbeh, again

    Another question here, can you make the tiles smaller, like windows 8.1?

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    • Death Dealer

      I’d like this too, with the different tile sizes.

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  • Spargo CXVII

    “Xbox Eject Disk” is this a possibility???

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    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      yep, just say xbox on. it works for me.

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    • uxo22

      Seriously, why is that necessary? If you are going to walk up to the console to remove the disk, why not just press the button while standing there?

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      • Spargo CXVII

        So I don’t have to push the button. No worries I’m sure you will still be able to push the button. Don’t Hate!!!! Hater!!!

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      • evilfangs .

        Push a button on your controller or the button on front of your console to eject the disc. Seems pointless to me. I mean if you’re going to eject your disc you’re going to take the disc out and maybe put another one in so the eject button on the console seems fine to me.

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      • uxo22

        Sorry, wasn’t hating. Just figured that if your lazy butt had to get the disk you could hit the button while standing there. That’s all

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  • tigertomspill

    The UI still needs a lot of fixing….

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  • therealsod

    “Xbox On” only works for me about 20% of the time, so I’m standing there saying it 5 or 6 times before it works. Anyone have any tips on getting this more reliably? “Xbox Off” works first time every time.

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    • Ivanx360xpira

      I noticed that too…other commands work great, with several different types of voice intonations…like “Xbox go home” or “xbox snap”, they ALWAYS work. But I´m only able to use “xbox on” with a very specific voice intonation as well “xbox unsnap”…don´t know why, even for me that english is not my native language is very simple to say “Xbox on” correctly…

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      • Chris Breseman

        I’ve had some real issues with ‘XBox, On.’ So much so, that I’ve quit saying it. Everything else seems to work great though. So great that while viewing this video that I paused Netflix while viewing it. When Major Nelson said ‘XBox, Back’ it quit viewing my video and went back to my video selection screen in Netflix.

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      • iSoar

        I have learned not to pause between the words when I say Xbox On. That seems to work well for me. Typically works first time, but never more than 2 times.

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      • Kaiju of the Grotto

        Xbox On works on the 3rd or 4th try for me, when i’m in front of the system. everything else seems fine… except before knowing skype couldn’t be snapped, XBOX SNAP SKYPE would ALWAYS bring up snap skydrive…. no matter what.

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      • uxo22

        Every now a then I have to repeat a command, but for the most part all commands work for me. Including xbox on and xbox turn off.

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    • Edward Bass

      Same for me….all other “Xbox….” commands seem to work fine.

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    • Ivanx360xpira

      well, just did a little experiment now and I got success most of times. I was in front of the system and said “xbox, (pause 1sec) on” a little louder than my normal voice level…

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  • trickbfc1988

    The commands are good the only command that seems hard to work for me is xbox record that. Major what are the chances of being able to view recent players in the future? I find this quite disapointing and not being able to send voice messages aswell is a shame, and I think the party system needs some changes other than this I am finding the console really enjoyable.

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    • BoA Wrath

      Agree why when I invite a friend to party chat do I then need to press an option to turn on chat? Shouldn’t it enabled by default with an option to end chat but stay in party if I leave for dinner or something. Seems a bit confused and needs some attention. It should be seem less and its not.

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    • Alphapapa

      I too have been looking for the recent players section for my online gaming to leave reviews and message them. Is it hiding somewhere?

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  • CDMAss

    This is so not user friendly.

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  • smokedupdroid

    The settings screen is a jumbled mess and does not give complete control to the user. The settings are basic at best. One of the weirdest things is that the settings for “Xbox on” and “Xbox turn off” are in two completely different screens. Why? That makes no sense. Also, I’m having an issue getting the Xbox to realize where to control the volume. I have set up the video with HDMI to TV and the audio is optical to my stereo receiver. But every time I try to control the volume via voice, it just says “go set up TV in the settings menu” which I have already done. It’s weird, it’s like it’s confused on where the audio should go but yet the sound functions fine through the stereo. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    • smokedupdroid

      Not sure why someone down voted my comment. I was simply describing something that is frustrating me about the new system. Aside from the issue described, I absolutely love the Xbox One. If I could get this one thing solved I would be even happier. How about instead of down voting me you actually provide some assistance in the form of a comment?

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    • Nick Peck

      Welcome to a new product launch. they will add, update and fix stuff as time goes on. just be patient.

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    • Alphapapa

      If you go to Settings > TV there is a third space that gets skipped in the initial setup to program an audio receiver.

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      • smokedupdroid

        Thanks for the suggestion, however, I have done that. I was able to find my receiver in the list. So my TV, Cable Box, and Receiver are all set up correctly and were all recognized. I have also set the audio settings in the Sound menu to not use the HDMI for audio but to use the Optical for audio. So as far as I can tell I have everything setup correctly to be able to control the volume on the receiver. But I still have the volume problem. It still says “go to settings to set up TV” anytime I try to adjust the volume.

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  • Chris Breseman

    I LOVE the ability to switch back and forth from the menu and the game I’m playing. I use that a ton when I see an achievement pop up and I want to know what it was for.

    It’s nice that we can view Blu-Ray’s in the XBox finally.

    I wish that we could view how much HDD space we are using quickly and easily. I did a rough count of the HDD space I am using last night and I am already up to 100.7 GB of HDD usage. That concerns me because if we only have 500 GB of HDD space, and I’m already using 1/5th of it without any music or videos, what happens when I run out of space? Some of these games are using 30+ GB of space. I’m not a big fan of digital downloads for games because I can’t trade them in if I don’t like them. So that part isn’t a worry. However eventually I will run out of room on my HDD, and I fear that’ll be sooner rather than later if I keep getting games and installing them. And because the installs take some time I’m reluctant to uninstall them unless I am confident I am not going to pick that particular game up in some time. An example would be: I’ve gone through RYSE twice now, a 3rd time doesn’t appeal to me, nor does the MP. I doubt I pick it back up to play unless more SP comes out, which isn’t likely. So it got uninstalled to save roughly 16 – 20 GB. So when is the ability to use external HDD space coming? Hopefully sooner rather than later. I would hate to have to decide what I want on the HDD and what I don’t, especially if I plan on picking those games up again because of the install times.

    I love the increased ability of the Kinect. Kinect v1.0 didn’t recognize me sitting in my chair about 6 to 8 feet away. Kinect v2.0 has no issues picking me up in my chair and the rest of my living room. And the detailing of what it picks up is 100% better too. Here’s to hoping that developers pick up on the increased abilities of the Kinect and start to really push boundaries with it in gaming rather than let it languish as a side voice command, platform gaming and worst of all; workout gaming feature.

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  • Jorge Garza

    Major, I would really appreciate if you can share a kinect voice command list for other languages. My console is set to spanish, and kinect works really good, but I don´t know all the voice commands. Also, it looks like the “Xbox On” command doesn´t work in spanish (I mean, saying the actual translated sentence).

    We also need a way to manage storage, a way to appear “offline” , and Dolby Surround Sound! The party chat is buggy, and there is no way to get into a “private chat” without going into a party. Also, finding an online match in some games is confusing.

    We need voice messages, and I would love to have the ability to hear and send voice messages to my Xbox 360´s friends. We aaaaalso need notifications when friends go online.

    I am in love with Forza Motorsport 5, seriously, in love, but there is so much room for improvement with the dashboard. It is not as simple and useful as the Xbox 360´s dashboard.

    …oh, almost forgot, Where are the recent players? How can I file a complaint? Since you are promoting a brand new reputation system, I would like to use it.

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    • David Do0M

      To appear offline, go to “my profile” and the top option is “appear offline.” As far as a private chat, simply set your party to “require invite” and only invite one person, or just use Skype. Simple enough.

      However, I do strongly agree with everything else you mentioned. Especially about voice messages and notification when friends come online.

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      • Jorge Garza

        Sometimes I am in a group (party chat) and I want to chat a little bit with another friend in private who is not in the party, and I don´t like to actually leave the party, create a new one, invite my other friend, chat a little and then go back with my other group of friends.

        Yeah, Skype works too, but I guess I could also call him, or send him a voice message on whatsapp. Simple, but not convenient.

        Thank you for the tip about going offline, I will give it a shot.

        Cheers.

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  • ElektroDragon

    How about a tip on how you can prevent Killer Instinct from instantly signing out the current player and signing in the wrong person at random, thus destroying the player’s game, if Kinect Auto Sign in is turned on??? Happened to me and MANY others and only solution is turn OFF Kinect Auto Sign in which leaves you with NO Auto Sign On option for the console. FAIL MS. Fix this now.

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    • Anonymous

      Simple unplug the Kinect it wastes 10% of the GPU power so 720p with the Kinect plugged in and you get 1080p if it’s unplugged

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      • ElektroDragon

        LOLOLOL. Ahahahahaha!!! Good one. If only that were true about getting 1080p with it unplugged. Nice way to mix truth with lies to bait clueless people. But I’m a tech god, sorry.

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      • Riddick Snipes

        Ur a tech god huh….. so I take it u have a ps4.

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      • Nick Peck

        I’ll get one when there are games worth buying. next Christmas sounds good.

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      • evilfangs .

        That’s not how it works you idiot.

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  • uxo22

    A feature I would like to see, is Kinect chat automatically toggles off when I plug in a headset. Then toggle on when no headset is detected.

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    • Jorge Garza

      Actually, it does exactly that, doesn´t it?

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      • StudioMultimédia Gon'Interacti

        i also thought it was doing that already

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    • uxo22

      Sweet, I hope you eight, last time I play, my voice was coming through Kinect. I’ll check it again, thanks guys.

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      • mdsmash

        You can also turn off the using the kinect as a microphone, in settings. It’s worth doing.

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      • uxo22

        I like using Kinect as the microphone when I an using Skype or something to that nature. I just would hope that when I plug in a headset while play online games that Kinect mic automatically mutes, sound transfers to the head until the mic is removed.
        They said it already does it, so Ill try it again.

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  • WARLORD

    The thing I wont to know is why the Kinect was forced on use???? From the beginning we were told the xbox one would not work with out it and now that I have one I find out it works just fine with out it…

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    • evilfangs .

      Because the Kinect polices got reserved but Microsoft couldn’t afford to not have us buy the Kinect.

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      • WARLORD

        LOL thy would of sold a lot more if thy just removed it and sold the xbox one at a lower price point…

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      • Nick Peck

        The xbo is selling just fine. if you don’t like it, leave as we are sick of the stupid comments.

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      • WARLORD

        NO one said it was selling bad…. and i love my xbox one….. as for my comments being stupid?? how so???? Before the xbox one came out there were a lot of people mad about the mandatory Kinect and MS told us it would not work with out it we had to have it….. And a lot the people said thy would not get a xbox one until the xbox dropped in price and thy lost the Kinect… thous are sales lost…

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      • evilfangs .

        Sold more consoles maybe, but lost millions on wasted research and development and cost of each Kinect made, not to mention stock value and stock holders thinking Microsoft don’t have the confidence in their own product.

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      • WARLORD

        Not really.. Thy could of sold it like thy did on the 360. One with $499 one with out $399 and sold the Kinect separate…

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    • StudioMultimédia Gon'Interacti

      my 2 cents is that kinect 1 was commercialy a HUGE success and it got great sales. But, they never couldn’t really achieve anything awesome in the gaming world because they couldn’t convince developpers to do stuff for hardware that not everyone own.
      Not that everyone own it, the potential is far more interesting to us, gamers, no matter if we like it or not. I personnally like the kinect and appreciate the update from kinect 1. The developpement of kinect 1 certainly cost a lot and it is only logic to benefit from that research with kinect 2.

      from a community stand point, the kinect 1 got hack is so many crazy and interesting way that i am very happy to see a kinect 2

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    • Riddick Snipes

      Just fine and better.

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    • mdsmash

      This is simply, better for developers. To know that it is always present, means they can code functionality into it without having the situation where its not there. It’s always better for developers to have a definitive list of hardware always present.

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  • EldritchWarlord

    Getting booted back to the dashboard occurs when the game hangs or crashes, that’s the developer’s fault not Microsoft’s. At any rate I think it’s better than the whole console requiring a restart.
    Party chat has some server-side instabilities but it works fairly consistently for me. You or whoever you’re trying to chat with may have some network issues (restrictive NAT most likely).
    I do hope Microsoft implements Kinect ignoring audio from the console’s audio output. However you could get directional speakers pointed away from the Kinect to mitigate the issue.

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  • slider2nl

    They could add a button extra on the controller for snapping and sharing. there is enough room for it between te back and start buttons instead of 2 you got 3 little buttons: back/switch – snap/share – start/menu, why didnt they consider this when designing the ui and hardware?

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