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Xbox One October Update

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The October Xbox One Update began rolling out less than 48 hours ago. Here’s what to expect when it lands on your console if it hasn’t already.

New Snap and Friends functions

    Snap Updates – Microsoft have updated the Snap Center to include quick access to many of the things the fans wanted faster access to when playing a game – Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator – as well as making it easier to close and open new snap apps when playing a game. A double tap of the Xbox button on your controller will bring up a menu that allows you to open a new app in snap mode, close the current snapped app, or switch focus between your game and your running snapped app. Additionally, two apps have been optimized for Snap mode:
      Friends Snap App – Access your friends list without leaving the game. Quickly check your friends list to see who’s online right now and take actions like send message, invite or join. Messages Snap App – You’ll be able to open, read and respond to messages in Snap mode, and messages will now be displayed in a threaded conversation view.

    Achievements App – Updated to enable sharing of achievements you’ve unlocked with captions, see a list of friends who have unlocked specific achievements, and an updated achievements Snap landing page that that shows Achievements on recently played games, when a gamer is not actively playing a game. Friends section – The new Friends section enables you to see at a glance what’s going on with your friends. You can stay up-to-date with their current activities, the most popular games your friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who » Continue Reading.

Vine App Available On Xbox One

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As of literally this minute, yes – this minute Vine fans you can entertain yourself with hours of the short, looping videos thanks to the Vine app on Xbox One. Available to quite a few Xbox Live locales, Vine should be available on the marketplace if you just “bing” it or check out the store.

The Xbox Wire posted the availability earlier today:

“This is the first Vine viewing experience built specifically for the TV, giving you access to funny, quirky, artistic, creative Vines directly in your living room. Now you can watch and explore the world of short, looping videos, and Xbox One makes them easy to enjoy using Kinect voice or gesture control to play, pause and search through the next or previous Vine. You can watch popular Vines, explore channels like Art, Music & Dance, and Comedy, view playlists, and more. In addition, the app can be snapped next to your games, TV or other entertainment apps, making it possible to watch Vines alongside your favorite games or whatever you’re watching.”

Check out the Vine experience today by visiting the Xbox Store and downloading Vine onto your Xbox One.

[Updated - FIXED] Xbox Preview Participants – Factory Reset Warning

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Xbox One Preview Testers, please take note that the latest and most recent dash download has a glitch that will factory reset your console and remove all of your games from the HDD. This bastard of an issue will have you seething with gritted teeth!

Microsoft has said in an official statement:

Due to an unforeseen issue with our update system, if when powering on your Xbox One console you are asked to download a system update, please decline it. By declining the update you will go off-line and not be factory reset. Please leave your console powered on until further notice.

We’ve identified an issue that could cause a small sub-set of consoles enrolled in Public Preview to factory reset after downloading the latest system update (deleting all local hard drive content). Note that a factory reset does not impact profile settings or game saves (which are synced to our servers when you connect to Xbox Live), or content stored on an external hard drive. For now, please decline the system update until we can address this issue on our end.

Please remember that declining the update will disconnect your Xbox One from Xbox LIVE and will not be able to play online. We do not yet know when a fixed update will be released, but I am sure MS will not hold back long!

Source: WPCentral

BBC IPlayer – Xbox One Version Due By End Of 2014

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The BBC iPlayer on Xbox One is way over-due, so over due it has been a cause for concern and a flurry of conspiracies have been circulating the internet as to its omission from the App Store on the Xbox One Marketplace.

The BBC have updated their blog to bring awareness that the BBC iPlayer is now available on over 1,200 devices, and that migrating to the newer version of iPlayer to all devices has taken some time. With regards to the Xbox One – a short, brief and blunt statement was confirmed in their blog post.

Q. You said Xbox One was coming soon – any update there?

A. Yes. I am happy to announce that we’re aiming to launch new BBC iPlayer on Xbox One by the end of this year.

When the BBC iPlayer has finally landed on the Xbox One – we’ll endeavour to keep you updated. We might even host a ‘Finally Here’ party and celebrate! At least we now have a time-frame in mind!

Via BBC

Xbox One Updated For 3D Blu-Ray, Expanded Friends And Auto-Downloads

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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.

MLG App For Xbox One

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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 App Now On Xbox One

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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.

Thanks BlinkBox

Next Xbox One Dash Update Fixes Game DVR And Party Chat

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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.

Via DualShockers

Xbox One – May Update Rolling Out Soon

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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.

Skype Group Video Calling To Remain Free On Xbox One

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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 quoted:

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.