Obviously the Xbox One isn't social enough, because if it was ridiculously social that wouldn't be as social necessary in this modern age. That's why the Xbox One's August Update will be introducing some robust updates to the Activity Feed feature, including ways to like and share activity from your friends with the rest of your friends. I know, sharing is something we can all appreciate, which is why I'm excited to share the news that this update is live starting today.
Major Nelson himself released a video detailing some of the more exciting features of the update, as well as a list of the finer details. The Activity Feed isn't the only Xbox One feature being focused on with the August patch. There's also mobile purchase functionality being added, a low-batter notification for controllers, an option to disable notifications during videos, and more random stuff that'll make you ask, "Why wasn't this small stuff released the month after the Xbox One launched?"
Here's Major Nelson's list, quoted verbatim from his official release written on the Xbox One August update:
- Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.
- Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).
- Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.
- Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.
- Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.
- Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it’s been since a friend has been online. For example, “Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5.”
I do appreciate some of the functionality being added in this month's update, even if I'm curious as to why it took so long for such small changes. I'll absolutely buy and download my Xbox Games With Gold titles via mobile from now on, and the internet stalker within will certainly like seeing how long its been since my Destiny fireteam was last online. They're playing with another Titan, aren't they?
Unfortunately the media player app, TV streaming and DLNA support are not a part of the August update. Perhaps Microsoft wanted to get all of this Activity Feed sharing stuff put in first, so then this other stuff can get more visibility when it's launched down the line. Either way, it's good to see Microsoft's engineers hard at work keeping their list of things to do less than a year late.
Download Microsoft's Xbox One August Update starting today, though some may experience the update being rolled out to them over the next few days.