It’s safe to say that fans have been enjoying the additional power and exclusive software that accompanied the Xbox One at launch, but there are a few issues that upwards of two million gamers who picked up the platform have begun to notice. Key features like cross-game chat that were so prominent on the Xbox 360 are sorely lacking on its successor, but Microsoft has plans in motion to improve various features of the Xbox One.
During an interview between Canada.com and Larry Hyrb, Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live, it was confirmed that the company plans on implementing serious updates to the existing operating system and tweaking features to better suit the desires of the players. Similarly to the evolution of the Xbox 360 during its lifespan, the man known as Major Nelson assured concerned fans that additional features are en route.
“If you look back at the Xbox 360â€²s launch, what it was in 2005 when it launched is completely different from what it is now. It’s fascinating to see the different things that have come along. Things iterated. We didn’t even have things like the party system or the ability to support external storage when we launched the Xbox 360. So we are absolutely committed to adding new features to the Xbox One over the course of its life span.”
As gamers who are familiar with the new hardware are well aware, the new Kinect 2.0 is heavily integrated into almost everything that the Xbox One does. Voice commands are one of the best aspects of the new console, but there are a few hiccups pertaining to the accuracy of the device. Some commands are required to be oddly specific in regards to opening particular apps or accessing options, and Hyrb clarified that the Kinect 2.0 will also benefit from future updates.
“…We’ve taken a dramatic leap forward with integrating Kinect; making the choice to include Kinect with every Xbox One was a bold decision. It enables certain scenarios like everyone having access to voice, gesture control and of course the games being able to count on it being there. It’s part of our overall system improvement and approach, as we continue moving forward and refining the technology.”
At the end of the day, however, changes will be implemented based on what fans want — a policy that’s been enforced within the company most recently with the withdrawal of controversial Xbox One features. Major Nelson went so far as to confirm that Microsoft has internally already begun implementing changes to the system, with hopes of rolling those updates out as soon as they can be completed and approved.
“When we look back and look at what we’ve done, we want to continue to adapt the system to what gamers want. The team that works on Xbox are gamers themselves. We want to build the system that we use and that we know gamers would enjoy using. We’re going to continue to refine the system and make it what the Xbox fans are expecting and what they want. We’re listening to the feedback every single day. I’ve already seen some changes in the operating system internally with what we’re building.”
The operating system and features of any new product similar in scale and purpose to the Xbox One are launched with the intention of evolving over time, and it sounds like the developers at Microsoft are taking the updates for its latest product very seriously. There isn’t a shortage of features and aspects fans are awaiting to see addressed — even Game Rant composed a list of 5 missing features that we wanted for the Xbox One at launch — but there’s a good chance these issues will be rectified at some point in 2014.
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