What Would You Like Microsoft To Improve?
Xbox One has sold over three million consoles since launch, and we've been thoroughly enjoying the strong launch lineup and Kinect's surprisingly useful voice commands. However, as the honeymoon period wore off, it didn't take long for some annoying issues to start piling up. From the lack of controller battery indicators and hard drive management to juddering television output and inconvenient workflow, the OS presents any number of bugbears that deserve immediate attention.
Thankfully Microsoft are readying a great big patch and plan to start by addressing the community's most pressing concerns, notably in terms of forming parties and accessing friends lists.
"The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid," Microsoft's Marc Whitten admitted in an interview with Engadget. "Some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you're gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we're going to fix those things.
"As a person who's been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it's harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren't right, and I don't like the model."
He's not wrong. We criticised party formation in our full review, alongside the lack of notifications when friends turn up online. By the looks of things, this will just be the first of many fixes in the first major update. Well, not including the day-one patch, that is.
"What I'm trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up," Whitten elaborated. "Let's take an update and really go through a big list of what we're hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete. I think that's a theme you'll really see us push on - that Live experience."
Alongside the "hidden or harder to use" social functions, hard drive management, controller battery icons and a fix for the 50 vs 60HZ TV output issue top our priorities - plus anything to help bring down install times will be a godsend.
Microsoft has yet to date the update, but we'll be all over it when they do. We rather hoped that Xbox Live's emphasis on the "cloud" would allow Microsoft to quickly fix individual issues via small patches that are automatically downloaded on standby, rather than delivering a single major download, but this is definitely in a step in the right direction.
What would you like to see improved - or changed outright - in terms of the Xbox One's operating system? Would you like to see the guide return? New Kinect voice commands and increased accuracy? Let us know in the comments!