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Xbox One May system update rolling out now

Posted on May 18, 2014 AT 07:58am

Microsoft has started rolling out Xbox One’s May system update, according to Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb.

This update adds a new sound mixer that allows you to control the audio levels of two apps while one is being used in Snap mode. Basically, if you’re playing a game and in a Skype call you can turn the in-game volume down and turn Skype up to hear conversations betters. This new section also allows users to control volume levels while using Kinect for chat.

As well as this, after the update is installed, users can opt-in to help improve Kinect’s voice recognition. “The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans,” Hryb wrote. “If you want to help us in our efforts to make voice and speech improvements for Kinect even better, you can opt-in to a speech data collection. Under Settings, then Privacy & Online Safety, go to Customizing privacy and online safety and set Share Voice Data to Allow. This is completely optional and all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.”

Finally, the update adds the option to update your console manually as soon as a new system update is made available by going into the system settings and selecting “System Update.”

The May update is being gradually rolled out to all territories, so if you haven’t got it yet don’t worry. It should be available on all consoles by early next week, according to Hryb.’

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