More Friends Improvements Coming to Xbox One in April

Microsoft invited a select number of Xbox One owners to test and provide feedback on system updates last month. Those system update beta testers have spoken, and now we know what features will be added to the Xbox One in April.

In a post on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft said its system update test experiment was a huge success.

“The engagement from the community has been incredible and we’ve gotten valuable feedback and bugs that have helped inform our feature improvements and quality before we rolled out the system update to the broader community,” Microsoft stated. “Thank you to those who shared their thoughts and let us know what they loved and what wasn’t working so well.”

Based on tester feedback, here are some of the new features we can expect in the April update (no specific launch date provided):

  • 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 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.

Seeing when friends sign in to Live is, sadly, the biggest improvement. I say sadly because Microsoft did such a terrific job with friends on the Xbox 360, it should have been a no-brainer to bring that same system, albeit designed to fit the new UI, to the Xbox One. It’s unfortunate MS is now touting seeing friends sign in to Live as an exciting new feature instead of actually, you know, creating actual new features for the Xbox One.

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1 Comment on More Friends Improvements Coming to Xbox One in April


On March 19, 2014 at 5:37 am

Reminds me of when TNA moved from Thursday to Monday and got so humiliated by WWE in the ratings that they switched back to Thursdays, but tried to advertise it as an exciting new move. There’s echoes of that same contempt for the audience in almost everything Microsoft ‘introduces’ to Xbox One that was either already present in 360 or was a reversal on something that customers didn’t want.