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Microsoft Details August Xbox One Update

by Mike Futter on Jul 18, 2014 at 07:46 AM

The Xbox One is on track for another monthly update. This time out, some frequently requested features will be added to the ever-evolving platform.

Your friends list will get a larger presence on the home menu, with activity, trending titles (so you know if you really should pick up that multiplayer game), and achievement leaderboards. Friends listings will now show the last time they were online. The activity feed will also get an overhaul, with the inclusion of text updates, “like” and comment features, game clip sharing, and more.

Controllers will now have a low battery notification (replacing the shifting ring of light from the Xbox 360 controller). This will pop up on screen when you need to recharge or swap batteries.

Those that use their Xbox One for video will likely be pleased to know that notifications can now be turned off during viewing. And, if you’ve been waiting for 3D video playback, you’re in luck. 

Arguably the biggest update is mobile purchasing and remote downloading. Now, when you purchase via or Smartglass when away from home, your console will begin downloading content (provided you have it set to take updates when in sleep mode).

If you’re in the preview program, updates should be rolling out shortly. Everyone else can look forward to these features in August.

[Source: Major Nelson]


Our Take
I love that Microsoft is both open about its communication with regard to updates and continues to stick to the monthly schedule. Each of the updates has improved the Xbox One experience, and it’s great to not have to wait for major fall and spring distributions anymore.