Here’s a shortlist of features rolling out next week to those with early access to the Xbox One system update:
Activity feed updates: New ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. The ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates). Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what’s going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. Xbox are doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it’s ready for the entire Xbox One market. Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase. Low battery notification: You » Continue Reading.
Just in time for the MLG Championship broadcast live from Anaheim, CA, June 20-22, Major League Gaming (MLG) today released the MLG app for Xbox One, the video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Following the success of the MLG app for Xbox 360, Xbox Live members can now watch all of MLG.tv’s professionally-produced, premium, competitive gaming content on both consoles.
In addition to the action packed MLG Championship this weekend starting Friday, June 20 at 2:30pm PT, MLG’s popular programming includes the MLG news show “eSports Report,” the world’s best players, teams and leagues and premier competitions.
“We’re excited to deliver the extensive line up of MLG.tv programming to gaming fans on Xbox Live and to entertain the passionate audience on both Xbox One and Xbox 360,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, MLG CEO and co-founder. “MLG showcases the best in competitive gaming and we will continue to release new competitive content and introduce new streamers via the MLG.tv platform in the coming months.”
“MLG brings something unique to gamers and gaming fans around the world, the opportunity to compete and spectate on one of the world’s largest gaming stages,” said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President, Xbox. “When MLG launched on Xbox 360, we brought its popular content to the big screen for the first time and we’re excited to expand on that vision with the launch on Xbox One. Xbox fans around the world can now experience the upcoming MLG Championship and other premier events on Xbox One or Xbox 360, showcasing the best gamers from around the world.”
MLG Championship and Broadcast Schedule: Fans can tune in this weekend for the MLG Championship live from the Anaheim Convention Center. The 66th MLG event will feature over 1000 of the world’s best gamers competing » Continue Reading.
blinkbox movies & TV has launched on the Xbox One console today, giving users access to the very latest blockbuster movies and popular TV series. New release films available now on blinkbox include Oscar-winners 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street and Inside Llewyn Davis. TV series available include the critically acclaimed Hannibal and HBO series Girls and Game of Thrones.
blinkbox Managing Director Adrian Letts quoted:
Our developers are working harder than Hugh Jackman’s personal trainer to give customers access to the very latest movies and TV shows on their favourite platforms and devices. We’ve been on the Xbox 360 for a while and together with PlayStation, we’ve seen games consoles overtake computers as popular devices for enjoying our service.
The Xbox One app includes all the popular features of blinkbox apps on other devices including the ability to browse and buy from a vast catalogue of movies and TV, filter by Best Sellers, New Releases, Top Selling and Genre and search to find the movie or TV series you’re after. The app also supports the Xbox One help functionality to offer relevant customer support based on where they are in the application.
Microsoft has let rip the next dashboard update for Xbox One users in an effort to repair the broken crap on the latest next-gen console. Posted on to the Xbox.com Preview Forums was a confirmation of improvements and fixes that you can download today on Xbox LIVE. Non preview users will receive the update in due course.
We have started to deploy the latest update for you to preview: 1405 (xb_rel_1405.140506-2200). Consoles that are in standby mode will be able to install the update starting at 6:00PM PDT on May 9th. If you want it right away, feel free to use the new System Updates button after 6PM! Simply check Settings>System, and if you see System update, click it to start your update. Consoles that have not received the update in standby mode or via the manual update button by 1:00AM PDT on May 11th will be prompted to install the update when they connect to Xbox Live.
Let’s take a look at some of the changes and fixes you’ll be seeing in this preview!
Improvements and Fixes
Updates to help address issues where Game DVR clips may be recorded without audio. Underlying OS changes required to enable planned 1405 features. Get System Update button change. This update changes how the system update button works under Settings->System. Now the button will say “No update available” and be greyed out when there is no update, and it will say “Update console” and be active when an update is available. Update to address issues some issues users noticed where Party Chat would be quiet unless the Party App is snapped.
Hopefully at some point in the lifetime of Xbox One the return of being able to send users voice messages may make an appearance.
Major Nelson has announced via Xbox Wire that new features are to be implemented for the next Xbox One system update. It is already rolling out to those in the preview program and will eventually find its way to all online connected Xbox One consoles across the LIVE service.
As per the Wire:
Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat.
Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want to continue making this great for all Xbox One owners worldwide. The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans. If you want to help us in our efforts to make voice and speech improvements for Kinect even better, you can opt-in to a speech data collection. Under Settings, then Privacy & Online Safety, go to Customizing privacy and online safety and set Share Voice Data to Allow. This is completely optional and all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.
Take the Next System Update When You Want You’ll now also be able to take this next system update as soon as it’s available if you want. When this » Continue Reading.
During E3 2013 last year it was announced that Skype Group Video Calling would be free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers on Xbox One. You can imagine that there was some confusion when later down the line around the launch of Xbox One in November 2013 that this was reduced to a six-month promotion only; it is has been announced now that this great feature for multiple video chat is to remain free on Xbox One.
Skype is proud that, since our beginning, we’ve created opportunities for people to communicate freely and easily, no matter where they are; from keeping in touch with remote family members or calling home when traveling to chatting daily with your close circles of friends. While Skype is known for one to one video calling, we know it’s also essential to connect with the groups of people who matter most, whether friends, family or colleagues. For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost.
This is promising news especially for Xbox One users who do not have the luxury of UNO and Xbox LIVE Vision cam to see more than one person through video discussions as per Xbox 360 users* Out of interest if you are yet to purchase an Xbox One, Skype uses the new Kinect camera to send Skype video calls in full 1080p HD resolution. Because Kinect on Xbox One has a wide-angle field of view, everyone can sit and chat comfortably. Skype and » Continue Reading.
Finally, Xbox One gamers will soon be able to share those precious, special or down right embarrassing gaming moments captured from your console to your Youtube Channel. Xbox Wire has confirmed that an update to the Youtube App on Xbox One will start to roll-out from tomorrow, April 8th.
“Game DVR and Upload are among the most used apps on Xbox One. We know how important it is to be able to easily watch and share video clips, and starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube**, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world.
Now, use Game DVR to capture epic gaming moments, edit them in Upload Studio, and, with the simple click of a button inside the YouTube app (look for My Uploads – *Gold required), share them instantly to your YouTube channel. The updated YouTube experience also allows you to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, add individual YouTube videos to your Pins, earn Media Achievements, and add your YouTube channels to OneGuide for instant access to YouTube videos right next to your favorite TV listings or App Channels.”
So, if you’re not overkeen on the whole TWITCH experience at least the familiar Youtube service may be more to your liking from tomorrow.
SmartGlass has been updated recently in the UK to allow for easier navigation and a better experience in searching for Friends, Recent Players and even the ability to Snap an App to Xbox One using SmartGlass on any enabled device. Even more exciting is that new features have been announced for OneGuide that will launch later this year, but available right now to some by invite only!
So in addition what you can do today, we also want to explore some new ideas. That’s why we’re making a range of new features available to select Xbox Live members by invite only in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Designed to improve the TV experience on Xbox One, the features bring elements of OneGuide to new markets, and they add OneGuide and universal remote control to Xbox SmartGlass.
Those select Xbox Live members will see:
An enhanced TV watching experience (that’s already available in the U.S.), which sees TV listings added to OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels. This will work for people in Europe and Canada who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in. More control over Xbox One, their TV, and set-top box, including setting new recordings and watching recorded content from their DVR, all from a tablet or smart phone. Xbox SmartGlass also adds a cool new feature to show the most recently-watched channels. New Kinect voice commands in Europe and Canada (already available in the U.S.) which let you control your set-top box and other AV equipment.
These features will be available to select Xbox Live members and will launch officially for everyone later this year.
Skype on Xbox One has now had an update to improve some of the features available. A full run down of the update was listed on the Skype Blog and includes:
Improved Chat: We know that many of our users jump between using Skype on their PC to their phone and now to their living room. So we’ve been focused on enhancing this experience, keeping conversations in sync and reducing the number of missed messages to make your chat experience even better. Improved chat is now synchronized and comes with push notifications, alerting you when a new message arrives, and providing a longer chat history – up to 1,000 messages, rather than just the past 7 days.
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Emoticons: As you might have seen earlier today, Skype chat now has new “hidden heroes” emoticons based on characters from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier to convey even more action-packed emotion with your Skype friends. These limited-edition emoticons will also be coming to Skype for Xbox One.
Contact Filtering: With this update, you’ll have the ability to filter your contacts by who is online, so you won’t have to scroll through your entire contacts list to find someone to chat with.
First Time Tutorial: If you’re new to Skype for Xbox One, never fear! We’ve created a tutorial for first time users to make learning the ins and outs of video calling and chatting in your living room easier than ever.
Swatting Bugs: In the past few months, we’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard to fix some of the issues our users have been experiencing. So keep telling us what you’re finding, and we’ll keep improving the experience to make Skype for Xbox One the best it can be.
Peggle 2 is available to download on the Xbox One, but how many of you have noticed that the screen size is a little off or a few bits of information cut off from the top and bottom? Believe it or not, this is not actually a Peggle 2 related issue, but it is Peggle 2 showing you that something is wrong with your TV settings.
That’s right, all of you (like me) who have sat there for months on end playing Peggle 2 with the images cut off the top and bottom needn’t have. It’s all down to the Settings or “Xbox Go To Settings” as shown in the tweets below (Display & Sound) as advised by Dave Moran
I finally found the setting to get the complete screen on my TV, Peggie has been cut off my screen for months!
The Calibrate HDTV settings will advise you through a number of steps where you need to adjust your TV settings by pressing your remote controls. To improve the Peggle 2 related screen issue you might need to change your TV’s screen resolution to Native or 16:9, or some pixel settings. Completing all of the steps will ensure you get the best from your Xbox One console!
Now enjoy Peggle 2 as it was meant to be seen, complete with a Top and a Bottom!