Microsoft Outlines Next Two Xbox One System Updates

Among the annoying feature omissions on the Xbox One: there’s no battery power meter. You basically discover your controller needs to be recharged when it goes dead.

That will change on February 11.

In a post on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten detailed the next two Xbox One system updates, the first of which will bring a battery power indicator next week.

“We remain incredibly energized and we are aggressively working to make Xbox One better, faster than ever before,” Whitten stated.

The Feb. 11 update will feature Kinect voice recognition and response time improvements, “behind-the-scenes” tools for developers, and more. Microsoft said more details will be coming soon, but it did specifically share this info:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

The second update is set to arrive on March 4, and Whitten said it will bring an overhaul to Xbox One’s much maligned party and multiplayer systems. That update will come just in time, too. Titanfall, the multiplayer-only shooter from Respawn, is set to launch as an Xbox One/PC exclusive on March 11.

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