Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra announces on Twitter that a new update for the Xbox One will be released to preview members ‘soon’ and will have ‘key gaming features.’

As was the case with the Xbox 360, the Xbox One has evolved over its lifespan. Microsoft has released a steady stream of updates for the console since its launch in 2013, adding new features, fixing any issues, and tweaking the interface to be more user friendly. Now it appears the next evolution for the Xbox One is set to arrive for the console “soon.”

This is according to Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra, who announced on Twitter that Xbox preview members will soon have a chance to test the new update. Specifics of what the update will include are unavailable at this time, but Microsoft has previously promised that the update will offer “key gaming features.”

Perhaps the new update will be the Xbox One Anniversary Update that was announced for release in early June. That update is meant to give Xbox owners the chance to use their Xbox One consoles as development kits, add the Cortana digital assistant to the device, and also give players the option of listening to background music while playing games.

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All of these would be major new features for the Xbox One, but not all of them directly relate to gaming. It’s possible that there are other new features in store for the Xbox One that Microsoft plans on implementing in the console’s next update as well, but we can only guess as to what those other features could be.

We can also only guess as to when the update will be made available. If it hasn’t arrived within the next week or so, chances are good that Microsoft will discuss it during its E3 2016 press conference. Bigger Xbox One system updates have been showcased at past E3 events, so if Microsoft is planning to give the system a major overhaul in the coming update, then E3 would be the place to show off the new bells and whistles that will be implemented by the new update.

In the meantime, fans are free to speculate about when Microsoft plans to launch the update, and what that update will have in store for Xbox gamers. Some of the previously discussed features, like background music for instance, have been requested by Xbox One owners for awhile, and it would be nice if Microsoft finally added that kind of functionality to the console sooner rather than later.

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Source: Mike Ybarra (Twitter)