Xbox One Update Lands, Brings Friend Notifications

Xbox One Update Lands, Brings Friend Notifications

Microsoft is working hard to make the Xbox One do all the things its nine year old predecessor could do straight out of the box.

There's a new Xbox One update rolling out, and it brings a few welcome tweaks to the console's overall experience.

Chief among the improvements in the new update is the ability to receive notifications when friends and "favorites" sign in to Xbox Live, and you'll also see when they're playing multiplayer games that you can join them in. Notifications for friends coming online is a basic piece of functionality that was available on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 straight out of the box, so it's somewhat surprising that neither the Xbox One nor the PlayStation 4 supported it in their un-updated incarnations.

Kinect motion-tracking and voice recognition has reportedly been "fine-tuned for quality and reliability," largely to reduce "false positive" incidents where things other than people's hands would trigger gesture commands. No longer shall your dog navigate through your menus!

Game and app saves and updates have reportedly been improved, too, with progress bars showing you which games and apps are being updates or which have been updated recently. System updates have also been tweaked to allow the console to automatically return to Standby after an update if the system is in Instant On mode. There'll also be an option under System Settings to force an update if you want to download and install an update before the console's automatic systems pick it up for you.

Blu-Ray playback has been adjusted to output video at 50Hz for content recorded at 50Hz. This is more of a big deal in Europe, where 50Hz is the old standard for pre-HD video output and TV content, but in case you do have any discs with 50Hz content, this should reduce picture juddering in the same way that a previous update reduced juddering when receiving a 50Hz TV signal.

Finally, the quality of GameDVR video has apparently been "improved... through compression algorithm improvements," though no specifics were given.

Full details of the update are on Major Nelson's blog, and your console should update itself shortly.

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