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April Xbox One System Update Has Begun Rolling Out

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Microsoft are have begun rolling out the latest system update for Xbox One, which includes a couple of handy upgrades. Major Nelson took to his blog to reveal the full list of changes and improvements.

  • 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

As a movie lover the Blu-ray player being bumped up to 50Hz is a personal highlight of this update, although I do tend to use a stand-alone player for viewing films. The changes to the update system is also going to be pretty handy as now you’ll be able to come straight home, sit down and play on the console without waiting for an update to finish, assuming you leave your console on most of the time.

Friend notifications is something that really should have been present at launch, though, and it’s surprising that it has taken them this long to add the feature in.

Despite Microsoft’s many PR gaff’s, they’re slowly turning things around and these constant updates are impressive, although I’d still like to see them focus on speeding up the operating system as it’s rather sluggish.

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