Posted on April 15, 2014 AT 02:51am
Following weeks of testing, Microsoft has finally started rolling out Xbox One’s April update, which adds online friend notifications, improves game saves, updates controller firmware, and more.
According to Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the update has started rolling out now, but may take a few days to reach all users. The update re-enables a feature from the Xbox 360 that shows a notification when one of your friends comes online, adds a game save progress bar, improves Kinect’s voice and motion detection, and improves the video quality of GameDVR.
As well as this, there’s also a new firmware update bundled with this update for the Xbox One controller and headset adapter.
You can check out a full list of the update’s major features below:
- 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 was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
- Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
- Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
- Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
- Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settingsand you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
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