Major Nelson today revealed the details on some upcoming features on their way to Xbox One, and we're honestly quite happy to have them. Expected to roll out in coming days and weeks, the list of Xbox One improvements covers everything from Kinect to friend notifications.
The updates may not be as extensive as the one we saw on March 11, which added Twitch streaming to Xbox One. However, the improvements will mean better functionality for a number of features. The Kinect, for instance, will be receiving a patch to improve voice and motion detection (or "reliability"). Xbox users will soon be able to adjust the volume on the Kinect, which seems like a pretty basic function.
Major Nelson mentions one of the most requested features has actually been friend notifications, so that'll be coming soon to Xbox One. Check out the full list below.
- 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 actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
- Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
- Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
- Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.
- New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.
The new features will be made available next week to a select few LIVE users, and they'll be released to the entire community in April. Currently, more invitations for the Xbox LIVE preview are going out, so keep an eye on your inbox.