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Xbox One's next major update will fix "a big list" of issues

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One's next major update will fix "a big list" of issues

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.

If the fan-powered Xboxfeedback.com site wasn't enough, we've got a wish-list on site.

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!

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Quietus  Jan. 9, 2014 at 16:12

I'd like both of the new systems to have layout themes, so that you can instantly minimise the stuff that's in your face, or perhaps just toggle what you see. I completely accept that some users will love the social features, but I never will. I'd like to be able to enter the options, select a theme for 'Streamlined Gaming', or something similar, where all you see is your installed catalogue of XBLA stuff and whatever you've installed on the HDD, alongside the usual 'Play [Game]'. That way, for people like me that just want to turn their machine on, and head straight into one game or another, they can do it. Even for those that do use the social features, it might be nice to be able to toggle which ones they see, as they may watch tonnes of stuff on Netflix, but never use something else.

Late  Jan. 9, 2014 at 16:28

I'd like to be able to disable gesture controls.

They don't really seem to work when I want to try them out - but I'm only trying them out because they're there, not because they're something I actually want. I'm happier using voice controls, or controller/remote control for navigation - waving my arms around to control my tv doesn't appeal at all.

And yet, when I don't want to use gesture controls and am just sat there watching telly whilst browsing on the tablet I often find the gesture-control hand icon(s) on the screen, wobbling around and doing nothing but irritating everyone in the room. (You can only amuse yourself once or twice by making the hand icon go up someone's nose or fondle their boobs - after that it gets staid for even the most immature of us.)

Love Kinect for it's voice controls. But it's gesture controls are just a nuisance. If you aren't going to give us the option to disable the feature then at least fix it so it comes on when you want it and doesn't come on when you don't want it. That'd do me. Would be exactly the same as disabling it, tbh...

Anarchist  Jan. 9, 2014 at 22:09

Apart from the ones that have already been mentioned, I either want voice controls to be more accurate, or I want a lock putting on it when I'm in games to stop it going to other applications.

There's been a few times where I'm just about ready to smaw a little bird down on BF4, then bing loads up - because its mistaken what I've said to my squad mates as "xbox, bing"

I also want more apps (iplayer... Sky...), and the media centre extender functionality returning.

And much faster dashboard functionality, there's no way on earth it should be anywhere near as slow as it is to load a random persons profile.

I also want it to be easier to vote people as being [email protected] They made a big thing of this reputation lark, yet I don't see any way to tell them that a player is basically just being a dick.

MrXXXX  Jan. 10, 2014 at 09:20

Not being able to join a game with your party as 1 group is a right pain for me (or trying to invite a friend into the game you are currently playing).

As is using Kinect voice commands if there is any slight background noise, i.e another person in the room.

Anarchist  Jan. 10, 2014 at 23:10

On an unrelated note,

Is anybody else having issues with their xbox one pad? Mine has developed a really annoying slight drift upwards while its centred. It's really really annoying.

On BF4, if I'm landing a helicopter, because of how sensitive the controls are it constantly tries to take off unless I hold the stick down. Moving around in any menus is equally annoying...

Late  Jan. 11, 2014 at 11:12

Nope, mine both seem fine.
That's a bloody worrying lifespan though!

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