Xbox One firmware update for April officially outlined by Microsoft

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Following on from a successful preview period for the features included in the next Xbox One firmware update, which resulted in what Microsoft calls “incredible” and “valuable” feedback from testers, the features of the console’s next hardware patch have been formally announced.


The next Xbox One firmware update arrives in April, and while a host of new features will be included in the update Xbox frontman Major Nelson says that the hardware team continues to explore new ways to improve the box, while “trying new things with the UI, like notifications, different ways of discoverability, and a bunch of other ideas.”

“Through this process,” Nelson continued, “some features will launch, others might not and all will be refined through feedback. We value your feedback and want your help shaping the future of Xbox One.”

But what about the more immediate future? Here’s what’s coming to Xbox One in April with the next firmware update:

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.

Kinect: Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.

Video: Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.

Microsoft also recently announced that 26 more regions around the world will see the launch of the Xbox One in their country starting in September, with more details on these launches arriving next month – see the full list of countries included in the second phase of the Xbox One roll-out over here.

Source: Xbox Wire

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