From the very first reveal announcement, Microsoft pitched the Xbox One as an ‘all in one’ media console but being the command center for music, movies, games and the latter’s multiplayer components was never going to be easy. This is partly why, like any new tech product on the market, the console has experienced some teething problems. It’s also apparent that some features have been overlooked by the Xbox One maker, but Microsoft is now set to improve the console’s offerings by a great deal with a brand new update.
Available now, this Xbox One update offers several helpful tweaks to the multiplayer side of things, helping to make online gaming the ease that Microsoft once suggested it would be when the console was revealed. One example of this is that Xbox One player parties will have party chat enabled from the get go, meaning no more sifting through settings to switch it on. This will be matched with an improved interface that has been designed to help players both differentiate between chat and gameplay requests, as well as being able to see which players are currently playing a game and which ones are in cross-game chat. ‘Friend status’ is now included, and rather than being a means for players to create their own social hierarchy, friends can be put into a ‘favorites’ list to help organize messages and requests from them better.
It wasn’t just multiplayer that got beefed up in the update either – just in time for Titanfall - as audio improvements were included as well. The Xbox voice command for volume is one of these, as saying ‘Xbox Volume Up’ no longer requires players to repeat the command to pump up the bass, as the updates allows them to increase the volume in specific increments. The other audio improvement is in terms of support for Dolby Digital, which is now supported through both Optical and HDMI connections for increased audio quality in some headsets, which is a useful upgrade for many users who will want to talk via headset even more with Twitch streaming becoming available on the console on March 11.
As for future Xbox One updates, it seems that many things are in store for players as Corporate Vice President at Xbox, Marc Whitten explained to Xbox Newswire
“We know external hard drive storage is another big one on your list. It’s on our list too. We’re working on that for a future update and will keep you posted. We’re also working on friends notification improvements and experimenting with how to make that better. Just as we do with Xbox 360, we’ll be continuing regular updates to Xbox One — some will be big, like this March update, and some will be smaller. Big or small, we’re committed to delivering continuous innovation through system updates like this one. Thanks for your feedback.”
There’s currently no word on when the next Xbox One update will become available, but we’ll keep you posted once we know more.