Xbox executive Marc Whitten has confirmed that the next Xbox One firmware update will focus on making the console’s unintuitive social features more accessible.
It’s no secret that a lot of users are unhappy with how the Xbox One approaches social features compared to the Xbox 360, while the interface is much smoother and cleaner it has come at a cost. Core social features, such as Friends list, Parties, Avatars, and Achievements, are now spread across several layers of the dashboard and separated into their own apps, making them more difficult to access.
“The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid,” Whitten told Engadget. “Some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things.
“As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren’t right, and I don’t like the model.
“What I’m trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up,” Whitten continued. “Let’s take an update and really go through a big list of what we’re hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete. I think that’s a theme you’ll really see us push on – that Live experience.”
Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has previously stated that the company is looking to completely redesign the Xbox One’s party system, following criticism of its new design, but he added that it wouldn’t happen overnight.