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Xbox One getting friend notifications & Kinect improvements next month

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One getting friend notifications & Kinect improvements next month

Microsoft have been patching the Xbox One like crazy over the last two months, and aren't stopping yet. A new firmware update is slated to roll out next month which will add friend notifications, improve Game DVR quality and improve the accuracy of Kinect's voice commands.

User feedback has driven most of these improvements, many by way of the preview scheme, which lets Xbox One owners voluntarily download beta patches and provide useful critique (or just benefit from tweaks ahead of time). "We’ll be trying new things with the UI, like notifications, different ways of discoverability, and a bunch of other ideas the team is working on," explained spokesman Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb on Xbox Wire. "Through this process, some features will launch, others might not and all will be refined through feedback. We value your feedback and want your help shaping the future of Xbox One."

Sounds good, but the proof is in the pudding (so presumably it's covered in custard).  Here are the main patch notes for the April update thus far:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.

See anything you like? Don't see something you desperately want Microsoft to fix? Let us know in the comments!

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