March Update 'Prepares For Titanfall'
If you were eagerly awaiting today's Xbox One firmware update that adds several oft-requested features to the OS, I'm afraid that you'll have to wait a little longer.
Microsoft marketer Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb revealed that the previously-announced update has been delayed until later this week, citing a need to 'finalise' the finished product.
"FYI: The February #XboxOne System Update will ship this week, but not today," he tweeted. "The team is working on finalizing."
In all honesty, we're perfectly happy to wait a few days to guarantee a functional patch that doesn't completely brick our consoles, but the addition of controller battery icons, hard drive management and USB keyboard support can't come a moment too soon. You can read more details here.
However, Microsoft has also revealed some more details about the next update, which is slated to hit in time for Titanfall. As you'd expect, it's full of improvements and workflow tweaks designed to streamline multiplayer and party formation. Here are the details, courtesy of Xbox Wire.
- Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.
- Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.
- Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.
- We’re adding an “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.
- We’re adding “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.
It's great to see Microsoft taking action and responding to feedback... well, it will be, when the delayed update finally releases... but there's still a lot of work to be done here in Europe. Full OneGuide functionality and a fix for the juddery 60HZ TV output need to take top billing, while many of our readers have voiced concerns about Kinect accuracy, auto sign-in and other issues that, while not ruinous, make the user experience less enjoyable than it ought to be.