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Xbox One getting essential firmware features next week, massive patch inbound

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One getting essential firmware features next week, massive patch inbound

Storage Management! Battery Indicator! Finally!

We've had a good old moan about some of the Xbox One's more basic UI oversights since the November launch. No hard drive storage management. No controller battery icon. No USB keyboard support. Naff party formation. Other stuff. But, in all fairness, Microsoft has been listening and are ready to respond.

A massive firmware update has been scheduled for February 11th, which will address many of these concerns alongside stability improvements and 'behind-the-scenes' tweaks to make developers' lives easier. More below.

"I’m excited to be able to share details with you today about several product updates we’ll be delivering for Xbox One starting next week," product manager Marc Whitten announced on Xbox Wire. "We’ve been busy listening to your feedback and working hard to incorporate it into Xbox One as soon as possible. We remain incredibly energized and we are aggressively working to make Xbox One better, faster than ever before."

Without further ado, here are the three headline acts:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.
  • Continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time

About time too, frankly.

Whitten suggests that this is just the tip of the iceberg, stating that "these are just a few of the many updates we will be shipping on February 11. We’ll share more details on these and other upcoming features in the coming weeks.

"We have several surprises in store that we think you’ll love."

We'll keep our eyes peeled for full patch notes, since here in Europe, the addition of OneGuide and sorting out the 60Hz telly output issue are near the top of our priority list. Party formation and friends lists will be improved in a subsequent patch scheduled to release ahead of Titanfall in March.

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Late  Feb. 5, 2014 at 16:48

Nice. Battery indicator and memory storage are two of my main wants on the console.

If they could now give us the option to disable gesture controls (seriously, does anyone use them? As far as I can see they don't work when I attempt them, but they pop up randomly when I don't want them), and some sort of "which account do you want to apply this code to?" (I put a code in a fortnight ago and it turns out it went onto the wife's account. Despite her not being home. I got it sorted out eventually)* I'll be a happy bunny.

And of course a OneGuide deal with Sky/Virgin.

*If you live alone I envy you. Not just for the wild bachelor lifestyle I imagine you have, but also for swerving the annoying "who's actually logged in at the moment" niggles you get on the xbox One. Games throwing up messages about you not being logged in, mid-session (when nobody's walked into or out of the room in ages), codes being applied to the wrong person, "xbox show my stuff" working less than 10% of the time (generally just staying on the current homescreen rather than switching to mine).
As I say - "niggles" rather than annoyances. I love my xb One. But it's occasionally a bit frustrating...

Last edited by Late, Feb. 5, 2014 at 16:55

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