The Xbox One's March multiplayer update has gone live! With a focus on improving Party functionality as well as Friends List utility and more, the March "Titanfall Patch" has been highly anticipated by early Xbox One adopters since the console launched. To say some things just work right may be quite the understatement. Today's patch will go a long way to solve that, as well as prepping the console for the launch of both Twitch streaming and Titanfall on March 11.
For a full round-up of features from the patch, Microsoft CPO Marc Whitten wrote up a blog (or had someone else do it for him) with a handy bullet pointed list:
- Get to your friends list faster. The friends list is now front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.
- Party chat on by default. When you party up, chat audio is turned on by default.
- Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat is now separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.
- “Invite friends to game” option available in your multiplayer titles. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, when you’re inside a game's menu you have a simpler and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” lets you invite friends to your game and party.
- See a list of “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, add new friends after your multiplayer sessions, or report a player for bad behavior.
- Twitch live streaming support. The best broadcasting and spectating experience on any game console is on its way to Xbox One with the new Twitch app launching on March 11, just say “Xbox broadcast” to start sharing. Xbox One is the only next-gen console that allows you to archive your Twitch broadcasts and view live Twitch streams regardless of their original source.
- Dolby Digital sound. Optical out now supports 5.1 Dolby Digital, enabling devices such as sound bars and headsets with only optical in to be able to receive 5.1 Dolby Digital from Xbox One over optical. We’re also adding support for Dolby Digital surround sound over HDMI. Now you’ll be able to have the best sound quality no matter what speaker setup you are using.
- We will now support 50Hz output to Xbox One. You can set the live TV app to display at 50Hz for full or fill modes, fixing the frame rate issues some users in Europe have been experiencing while watching live TV on Xbox One.
There are several smaller tune-up patch notes as well that don't deserve their own bullet point. Things like the ability to adjust the volume with voice commands, view game clips in snap mode, SmartGlass nonsense, browser improvements and some other quality-of-life changes. Altogether, a good patch that should sate Xbox One owners for the interim -- unless something else is broken now.
Up until now I've completely avoided the friends list as much as possible, the thing is just unmanageable. It takes forever to load, makes no differentiation between followers and friends, and did I mention loads super slowly? I'd love to see what my friends are up to all the time, like on PlayStation 4, and perhaps now that will be easier. Ah, I could rant a bit on all of these patch notes. They're all just so insanely necessary. Thank goodness they're now available in time for Titanfall.
Turn on the ol' Xbox One and patch it up. There's no time to lose!