Although both next-gen consoles, the PS4 and the Xbox One, are great glimpses at the future of video game technology, they are also missing several key features out of the box. The PS4, for example, was limited in its streaming options (although it does have them) and the suspend/resume mode did not make launch.
On the other hand, the Xbox One was even more limited in its feature set, but that should change in the coming weeks. As Microsoft has just recently revealed, two significant updates are headed their console’s way, and will reportedly make the end-user experience that much better.
First up, is a February 11th update that includes several back-end improvements for developers building apps and games for the Xbox One, some stability and product updates to improve general use, as well as some tweaks to Kinect, specifically how it recognizes voice commands. Unfortunately, Microsoft wouldn’t say much more than that with regards to these changes, only that they are on the way.
What they did reveal, however, is that three oft-requested features will also hit the Xbox One on February 11th. Gamers will finally be able to manage storage space in a more detailed fashion, focusing on games and apps as separate categories and controlling the order of installations. The update also adds (finally!) a battery power indicator for the Xbox One controller, so gamers can now see how much juice they have left. And finally, the Feb. 11 update adds support for USB keyboards for easier text entry.
As was mentioned, there are apparently plenty more features include in next week’s update, but Microsoft only wanted to highlight a few of them ahead of time. The good news is they are listening, and this first major update shows that.
Then, on March 4th, Microsoft will roll out another Xbox One system update that will focus on multiplayer stability and the party system. We had been hearing for the past few weeks that Microsoft was going to address party issues soon, and here is that update.
More importantly, this update prepares the Xbox One for the launch of Titanfall on March 11th. Titanfall is a huge 2014 release for Microsoft and the Xbox, and it’s also multiplayer-only, so any flaws in the Xbox One’s multiplayer experience would spell big trouble for all parties involved. After the headache that was and is Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts definitely wants this next launch to go off without a hitch.
That said, there are no concrete details about the March update, only that it will feature “many new features and improvements.” The obvious point of interest for Xbox One owners is the party system, but those who are picking up Titanfall on March 11th will want every multiplayer element to run smoothly.
With two updates slated for the next month or so, Microsoft is helping make the Xbox One experience better, but there are still plenty of features that we’d like to see patched into the system. Here’s hoping that the next set of updates address things like gameplay streaming, YouTube sharing, etc.
What do you think of the two forthcoming Xbox One updates? What features do you think are essential for the next update?