Microsoft's up to no good again! Wait, did I say no good? I meant something pretty cool! They're updating the Xbox One with several smaller changes that should having something everyone can say, "Hey, yeah, that's pretty cool," about. Unless someone was waiting specifically for one of these updates, I wouldn't say any of them are particularly substantial. Still, an update is an update and every little thing counts.
According to Major Nelson's blog the system update will being going out tonight, but may not reach all Xbox One consoles for a few days. There are a lot of Xbox Ones to serve! Here's the list of changes that console owners can expect when the update does finally reach them:
- Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
- Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
- Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
- Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
- Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
- Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
Hooray for small quality of life enhancements! While no change in particular is something I was looking forward to, it doesn't hurt to have better audio quality, updates on save progress and friend sign-in notifications. Also, I really dig this image that came with the announcement of Major Nelson's Dog-Cthulhu. Totally makes the entire update worth it.
Download the Xbox One's latest update some time over the next few days. Heck, it may just download without anyone even realizing it. Welcome to the future.