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Xbox One March System Update Detailed

Posted by Ken Barnes

Stacks of improvements...

Microsoft has confirmed a big old list of things that will be fixed when the next Xbox One system update rolls out. The update should start to be pushed to consoles from today, and includes the following updates.

Improved Multiplayer & Party chat
Cross title party chat
Party chat on by default
Easier multiplayer invites
Easier multiplayer joining
Ability to see what the people in your party are doing

Improved Friends List + Profile
Improved friends list utility & speed of access
Ability to see people you recently played games with
See when friends are broadcasting, including live broadcast thumbnails in activity feed
Get to a friend’s profile faster using type-ahead suggestions
Contextual app menu actions on friends list and activity feed items
Enabled more multiplayer (join and invite) actions on user profiles
54 new contest-winning gamerpics

Twitch TV live streaming support
Broadcast gameplay on Twitch.TV through Xbox LIVE (When the updated Twitch app ships next week.)
Voice support for starting and ending broadcast

Bringing out social in home
See favorite friends currently online
See friends broadcasting gameplay

Miscellaneous shell improvements
Improved notification center experiences including “quiet mode”
View Game Clips while in snap mode
Protect user settings with passkey

Browser improvements
Control Bing and Google maps with gesture and controller
Quick search when highlighting a term on a page
When searching from Bing search on the console, direct link to Internet Explorer in order to see additional web results.

New Devices – Driver and Firmware updates
Firmware update to the Xbox One controller to support the Xbox One stereo headset adapter
Support for 1st and 3rd party headsets
Driver updates for the Xbox One Media Remote

SmartGlass Improvements
Push notification to your device for Xbox Live messages
Quickly see what a friend is doing including presence and recent
Enhanced viewing of personal and a friend’s game progress and clips
Ability to close snap from SmartGlass

Live TV
50Hz fix – users can set the Live TV app to display at 50Hz for full or fill modes
Volume up/down adjustments – user can tailor the number of volume increments when using “volume up” or “volume down” commands
IR blasting of power & volume to TVs/AVRs in all regions
AVR setup maps to include model number for most sound bars or AVRs when setting up TV

Improved Audio output support
SPDIF (optical out) now supports 5.1 Dolby Digital – enabling devices such as sound bars with only Optical In to be able to receive 5.1 Dolby Digital from console over optical
HDMI output now supports stereo uncompressed, 5.1 uncompressed, 7.1 uncompressed or 5.1 Dolby Digital live or 5.1 DTS

There's also a sweet video guide to the new features, and you can find that below:-

[via majornelson.com]

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User Comments (2)

Generik

#1

Generik said:

That's all great but I think the one I want most is external HDD support. I don't have a huge stack of games but I'm already at almost 50% full on my internal drive. Getting Titanfall next week which will most assuredly eat up another 5-10% and you can start to see my concern.

SunnyShores

#2

SunnyShores said:

@Generik
agreed. the external hdd is the one I want most. I bought a terabyte off of my friend for $30 and haven't used it yet.

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