Xbox One May System Update: Voice Messages, Party Chat Improvements and More

Thanks to your continued feedback, a new month means we get to deliver a new set of fan-requested features on Xbox One. We’re streamlining your gaming experiences even more this time around, whether you’re looking for an easier way to power up the console or connect with distant friends in real time through voice messaging.

Let’s dive into the full list of features rolling out today in the May system update:

Voice Messages – You can now send and receive voice messages from the Xbox One messages app. This is the No. 1 feature requested in the Friends and Parties area on the Xbox Feedback site > “Add audio message …”

Power On/Off from Xbox One SmartGlass – The Xbox One SmartGlass app for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android are being updated to let you power your Xbox One on and off when your devices are on the same home network as your console.

User Selectable Power Mode – We are also altering the initial setup experience on Xbox One worldwide to enable you to select your preferred power mode between Instant-on or Energy-saving mode.

Dedicated Servers for Party Chat – We will start to expand the availability of the party chat relay services beyond preview members to a broader audience as we continue to fine tune the feature and scale out the servers needed to support party chat relay services.

Fore more information on the Xbox One May System Update, read this article at Xbox Wire.

Keep the suggestions coming at Xbox Feedback, and we’ll continue to make Xbox One the best place to game.

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  • Legion

    Dedicated servers for party chat is my favorite from the list!
    Keeping a reliable chat is huge for multiplayer gaming on Xbox.

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  • evilfangs .

    When is the next update on the media player. Mine likes to crash at least once when I watch something from my USB stick.

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    • Catalyst

      My guess is Windows 10 additions will make major changes to the Media App.

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      • beardyman3218

        VLC player should be one of those changes. The vlc windows 8 app is already compatible with windows 10 it should be in the app store as the apps are universal.

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    • Catalyst

      Also, USB filedrives are not meant to be constantly pinged. I would try watching something from a full on hard drive and see if that fixes things.

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      • evilfangs .

        I don’t have a external hard drive, that is why I use my USB stick.

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      • Catalyst

        Just saying that could be the issue. Never had problems running video on a full hard drive.

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      • Doppleganger

        Anyone know if there’s a way to view content on a media external hard drive from a PC? I want to be able to send new media to the hard drive without constintaly unplugging and plugging the hard drive in when ever I have new media I want to view.

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      • LOD-squa

        You can try “Plex Media Server” on the PC and pointing the library to the HDD then using DLNA (media app) to browse out to Plex.

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      • Doppleganger

        But then the harddrive has to be plugged into the computer not Xbox one. I guess I’ll just have to plug it into a router with a USB port instead.

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      • LOD-squa

        Honestly it’s easier to just plug into a PC then use Plex media than go out and spend money on a router. But that’s my own personal preference. I have a Pogoplug flashed with Linux/ARM that runs Plex. Easy to manage everything. Good luck to you!

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      • Doppleganger

        Not when you use a surface 3. I don’t want any strings attached.:)
        I’ll do the router route until they add support to access the harddrive plugged into the xbone one. Hopefully with Windows 10.

        Really appreciate your comments. Thanks

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      • LOD-squa

        …wasn’t expecting a Surface! That taken into account, router is your best option.😀

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      • lg

        I mis-unerstood you, sorry. I also use this method and find it easier.. it even sees NTFS now. Just make sure your media is supported (although not all “supported” media works for me) and make sure your media isnt buried too deep in your directory structure, so you can find it with ease.

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      • eAbyss

        There’s also a native Plex app for the X1 and 360 but you have to subscribe to Plex Pass to use it. This will probably be free sometime in the future though as they always open these things up to the public after Plex Pass users have had some time with them. To be clear, using Plex as a DLNA server as LOD said is free.

        If you have a Chromecast then I’d just buy the Plex mobile app for $5 and use your Chromecast instead. It’s easy to use and organizes your media into an interface similar to traditional streaming services (the console apps do the same but currently require a monthly fee (Plex Pass)).

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      • lg

        I do it using TVersity, but also can be done with regular file sharing + patience + a bit of agrivation.

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  • beardyman3218

    Dedicated servers for chat still dont work. Just does the same thing party chat has always done with nat settings and either force quits or freezes. Any news on the next preview update?

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  • Anubis316

    all of this looks great on paper, but as a preview member I can say messages and party chat are NOT impressive. Voice messages don’t last long enough and can’t be used while in party chat(maybe that has been fixed but I don’t think so). I will say I have not tried the smartglass feature and it actually does sond good and so does the full power off mode. I have not had any improvement with party chat and actually have had more problems with it than ever.

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    • Michael

      Voice messages are now possible while in party chat. This was changed in the May preview wave (In April it was not possible). But yes party chat is still not at 100%

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  • krebsdoom

    A keyboard built into SmartGlass would be awesome.

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    • Bobo Tapia

      What do you mean? It has a keyboard.

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  • http://aprendicomranieri.blogspot.com/ Vagner Ranieri

    No Wireless Display for everyone? Were is the Miracast support?
    Just to remember. The most top feature request of feedback site is play Xbox Music without being snapped. Make it possible. This request is becoming a joke on uservoice.

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    • Lucky13X

      Probably it is processing issue as to why Xbox Music has to be snapped.

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      • Matt

        Yea, like getting them to process this feature. Win95 could minimize a window. Maybe 3.1 could, I can’t remember.

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  • Elkethus Degrace Lauzon

    Love the update finally no more chat problem and i can send message vocal. i would like to request a nice feature for xbox one. to be able to record the last 10 min would be great. a match online is around 7 8 min so would be really sweet

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  • Richard Morris

    When the hell can we post achievements to Facebook?

    Also voice message should have been on from the start. Get your act together Microsoft!

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    • efnet

      Do you just come here to complain ? I mean seriously now that you got it will you even use it?

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      • Derek

        Do YOU know how to have an intelligent conversation with people instead of insulting others?

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      • efnet

        No i don’t…..someone you come here making request when he clealery says in the video to go to the fourms

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  • Derek

    I’m curious if Microsoft is holding back on major feature additions/updates since Windows 10 is right around the corner. My guess is that there will be some sort of new Windows 10 Xbox UI/OS that is going to replace the current Xbox One’s Kinect-friendly UI/OS. I sure hope so anyways…

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    • efnet

      Jesus christ….what the hell do you want then

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      • Derek

        Honestly, how about bringing the Xbox 360 interface over. It still works flawlessly.
        And don’t use the Lords name in vain. That’s offensive.

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      • efnet

        Offensive to you maybe but why on earth would you want eveyone to go back to the 360 ui? Which didn’t do half the stuff the x1 ui does ? Everything you need is literally right there

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      • Derek

        A UI (user interface) is completely different then the features the system has. An example would be similar to how the 360 UI evolved from blades to the current box look while maintaining the same features.

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      • efnet

        And when we get win 10 what you think is going to happen ? Lol
        If the 360 is what you want then maybe thats where you should have stayed then.
        The x1 is a very impressive console and will go through way more changes then that of the 360 .
        Just relax and adapt

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      • judazuk

        an people then wanted Microsoft to go back to the Blade UI …. Xbox One UI is great, it’s some features that are missing, but Microsoft adds new one all the time.

        I’m just bummed the Miracast was not in this one, it was the only thing i wanted, the rest of the features listed are things I never use (party chat i have already given up on , and use Skype instead that works better for me )

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      • Pickleofwar

        The 360 UI looks horrible.

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      • judazuk

        I like the 360 UI , on the 360 .. it works perfect for that hardware, however i like the new UI of the Xbox One for what it is suppose to do.on that hardware

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      • eAbyss

        That’s funny because most 360 users want the X1 UI brought over. The 360’s UI is getting stale.

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      • Komrad

        Speak for yourself. I like the 360 interface the best out of all of my consoles . Having games and apps on separate tabs works great.

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      • VinceG*89

        Who gives a goddamn

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    • Jan Václavík

      What do you expect? command line?
      Windows 10 UI in its current state is ugly mess, that managed to ruin everything that worked fine in previous versions of Windows. Pretty much the only decent new UI feature is the improved snap, which is useless on console.

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    • NachoKnocker

      nxe still the best dashboard so far. xbone dash just a mess, complete bullshit

      – still no xbox guide snap center is the most useless bullshit ever.
      – not enough tabs, the overview is horrible especially if you want to find setting options.
      – still no avatars and messages on start screen
      – no avatas at all
      – messed up, ugly, tablet style friends section
      – useless android-like messages on the right corner instead of messages
      – confusing option where both players are logged in, no sense
      – no offline profiles
      – start screen with last used “apps” completely annoying no helpful information like mail, gamerscore, friends online and messages..

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      • https://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

        I’d like them to bring back the ‘recently played with’ players list. I’d also like a way to view and delete the full contents of the HDD, for example I downloaded the free Titanfall DLC’s, but don’t own the game so it will not let me delete those from the HDD.

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      • Jan Václavík

        Recent players are in the people hub.

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      • Gooseinurwife

        wheres the ppls hub i never found it

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      • Gooseinurwife

        ya the xbox one dash was made by a drunk high on cocaine and busy tryin to rub ointment on his hammeroids instead of havin been goin to school to make a better xbox how sad is that

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      • Bobo Tapia

        When accusing people of not going to school, it’s best to not write like you’ve never seen the written language before.

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  • Voreo Sabrae

    Looking great. Almost have enough to finally get a One too😀

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  • http://8chan.co Pagan Minn

    How about fixing the NFL App? Videos are truncated at 16 per section for NFL Now Premium Subscribers, even though there are dozens more actually available.

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    • Bobo Tapia

      Microsoft didn’t make that app.

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  • BMurdoch

    Bring back the custom soundtracks that I enjoy on my 360 and add mp3 compatibility this time since no one buys CDs anymore.

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  • judazuk

    where is the Miracast support? The only thing I cared about

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    • TallinHarper

      Miracast on Xbox is not ready for prime time, yet. In my testing, it’s finicky for audio and has trouble if it drops connection, requiring removing and re-adding the device manually from both sides before it will connect to any device.

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      • judazuk

        Thank you for the information, make sense they is pushing Miracast to a future update instead then. Just wish Major Nelson or Microsoft in general mention this in the Update info. They did last month when they postponed the update for voice messages because of issues.

        Much better they wait until it is working properly, but letting us know would be better:)

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  • Damake

    I would also like to know if MS has even looked at the problem…my guess is they havent because its been a problem for a long time now

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  • Jeff S

    Will I finally be able to move my headset from one controller to another and have chat continue working (like when changing controllers because of dead batteries), instead of having to reboot?

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    • Pete

      Not had an issue with that here. Sometimes it just works, sometimes I have to pop to the profile picker and confirm my profile on the new controller. Don’t recall ever having to reboot though.

      I have had general party issues where chat has just not worked full stop until a reboot but not for quite some time now. In fact most of the odd issues (crashing, bad NAT, etc) I’ve had disappeared when I stopped using “instant on” and went to “power saving”.

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  • idksambe

    Revolution

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  • CodeeCB

    Cool update! Where is background music without needing to snap though? Spotify connect? Bitstream audio?

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    • Legion

      Spotify has a partnership with Sony now😦

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      • TheHeraldOfDeath

        Pandora, Rhapsody and Deezer are probably bigger fish anyway.

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      • Legion

        I just happen to be an avid Spotify user. It’s a bummer for my personal tastes.
        Never heard of Deezer

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  • Foggy

    Still can’t play a custom soundtrack. Tells you everything you need to know about how MS has managed the Xbone.

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  • Gooseinurwife

    major nelson did u fix the game never exiting and there bein no games hub next to the friends thing at the top an all the wrong broken stuff with xbox one thats makin me regret buyin it and makes me wanna go pawn it n buy a 360 ?

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  • Jonas

    When is this functionality coming as it wasn’t in the May update?
    We are also pleased to announce that we are expanding support for the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner to preview members in 11 more European countries starting today, adding Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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    • Bobo Tapia

      If you were unaware, the TV tuner is a physical item you plug into the xbox, not just an update.

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      • Jonas

        Yes I know but it must also be enabled in the software and it was enabled for my country in the beta in April. But it was not in the official release for May. But maybe someone can invite me to the beta?
        Gamer tag: jcalling

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  • zzekromm

    And the “power of the cloud”? or it was just smoke😦

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  • lg

    Now all I need is for them to listen to me and my 20,000 friends who voted for Background Music on their user feedback site. They ignore us like were jerks and go for frivelous things like “glass” on/off function? <2000 votes btw. Any one of you guys vote for that? If so, could you pls explain the use of it pls?

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  • theflew

    Can a preview member invite me to the preview? Gamertag – theflew.

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