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Xbox One TV fix due in a "matter of weeks," party system overhaul gets demo video

Jonathan Lester
Firmware Update, Microsoft, Xbox One

The Xbox One's lacklustre party formation and friends options were an annoying sticking point at launch, throwing up all manner of annoying workflow issues, but Microsoft are gearing up to respond to feedback ahead of Titanfall's launch. A new firmware update is slated to roll out on March 11th, containing a completely revamped party interface and a 'recent players' list to efficiently add new acquaintances to your friends list.

It's a welcome if overdue update, which you can see in action by way of a new video fronted by Microsoft PR guru Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb and engineer Richard Irvin. However, once sorted, they'll be free to address some uniquely European concerns.

In news that will delight many British Xbox One owners, Microsoft has promised that a fix for the forced 60HZ television output will also arrive in a "matter of weeks" during an interview with Total Xbox, so we'll soon be able to enjoy TV passthrough without those juddering extra frames.

"I can't be precise with you today on a date, unfortunately," UK marketing director Harvey Eagle told the website. "I can tell you it'll be spring and therefore in just a matter of weeks we'll have that matter fixed. And it is an important one to fix."

It is indeed. Hopefully a fully-functional OneGuide application will follow in due time, perhaps alongside the long-awaited arrival of BBC iPlayer. Since the UK is an important territory for Microsoft and the Xbox One, it's nice that we're finally getting a little attention - not to mention a price cut.

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