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Don't panic: your Xbox One hasn't died, it's just an update

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, Update, Xbox One

Don't panic: your Xbox One hasn't died, it's just an update

A few people might come back from work today, say "Xbox On" and discover that absolutely nothing happens. They'll try again, and again, slowly realising that their new console simply isn't listening to their commands, before reacting accordingly.

However, there's no need to panic, because your console has just automatically downloaded a firmware update before powering down. They can do that in standby mode. As such, you'll need to switch it on manually then wait for it to apply - if you can remember how since Kinect really has spoiled us over this last few weeks.

So what's in the update? Find out after the break.

Microsoft is under some serious pressure to address some glaring omissions and flaws in the Xbox One's OS, such as the lack of a controller battery indicator and hard drive management. Neither of these concerns have been taken on board yet, however, resulting in an update that's mainly designed to get some basic housekeeping done.

The improved dashboard performance and wireless networking driver come as good news, while some other little fixes are bound to please a few users. I'd also be very surprised if Microsoft haven't quietly made it more difficult to unlock the console's dev kit functions. Here are official patch notes courtesy of Major Nelson:

  • Addresses SmartGlass issues for some users when coming in and out of connected standby
  • Addresses multiplayer issues for some users when re-joining games
  • Addresses issues with inconsistent notifications for some users
  • Addresses dashboard performance for some users
  • Offers improvements for Xbox One’s TV, system update, and content update services for scaling over time
  • Updated wireless networking driver to improve connectivity issues for some users

Okay then. Now fix the rest of it please!

Add a comment4 comments
Late  Dec. 11, 2013 at 12:12

Ah - that explains why our lass was complaining the xbox took quite a while to turn on this morning!

Trekster  Dec. 11, 2013 at 15:17

I have been quite pleased with Xbox One thus far. The author sounds like a spoiled child...
Have a little patience!

Late  Dec. 11, 2013 at 15:39



JonLester  Dec. 11, 2013 at 16:08

@Trekster: the story is mainly about the update, tbh - though I couldn't help pointing out that there's plenty of work to be done. Like you, I'm still thoroughly enjoying the system and am pleased with my purchase (as I've written countless times in the full review and any number of articles, including the one I linked to at the end).

@Late: I think you mis-spelled "RAMPANT 3DS FANBOY!!!" :P

Last edited by JonLester, Dec. 11, 2013 at 16:12

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