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Xbox One – Microsoft’s Marc Witten Says Xbox One Update Will Address User Feedback

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Since the Xbox One launch on November 22nd, there have been many user complaints over certain features the Xbox One offers. Now for the first time in an interview with Engadget, Xbox Chief Product Office Marc Whitten has confirmed that user feedback is to be addressed in a system update coming soon.

“The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid; 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. So what I’m trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up. 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.”

When it came to the Game Streaming feature talked about in the run up to Xbox One launch, Marc Whitten suggests that the first we will see this potentially launching will be this years E3: “This is not 100 percent, but my general strategy at E3 is to talk about things that are gonna happen from that E3 to the next E3. So, we are not yet to the next E3,”

The news of the update will come as happy news to those who have encountered features that come across as over complicated and troublesome compared with the Xbox 360, and with the promise that system updates will be more frequent for the Xbox One then the 360, there is hope that the long list of issues will be addressed quite quickly into 2014.

Xbox One Scraps Demo Requirements for Digital Downloads

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Responding to gamers through an IGN Q&A session, Microsoft’s Marc Whitten has confirmed that not all digital downloads on the Xbox One will have demo’s available when a game is launched.

Not all games will have demos like Xbox Live arcade games have had on Xbox 360,” Whitten explained… That said, we are going to work on lots of ways to make it easy for you to find and try new games on the service.

So, this means that developers and publishers do not need to work on separate demo code at their own discretion. Where as lesser known games would or could use a demo to encourage sales, hot AAA titles like Halo and Gears, or Call of Duty and Battlefield may not need the additional work on coding in a demo and can simply concentrate on the full and final product.

Via IGN

Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One Shares Gold Features to Others at No Extra Cost

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Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer for Xbox via the Xbox Wire website has announced more explanation into the sharing features on Xbox One with Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions.

Now, everyone in your home can share digital games with each other as it was detailed that “Your Xbox One can become your virtual game library filled with digital games that different people in the home bought. Anyone can pick any digital game on your Xbox One, sign in with their own gamertag and play – even if the owner is not signed in.” Further confirming that when you purchase a digital game, you can start playing even before the entire game downloads. Which is a really cool feature since games are expected to exceed the current 7GB limit on Xbox 360. Games purchased digitally can also be shared on other consoles when you sign in to Xbox LIVE.

You can also share the benefits of Xbox LIVE Gold as Xbox Live Gold members can extend Gold benefits including multiplayer gaming, Game DVR, SmartMatch and access to entertainment apps and experiences, including The NFL on Xbox, Skype, Internet Explorer:

At home. You can set up your console at home so that anyone who uses that console will enjoy multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps – even if you are not home or logged in.

On the go. You can log in at a friend’s house and everyone there can enjoy multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps while you are logged in.

Xbox One will allow everyone in your home to have their own personalised account, as part of Home Gold. You don’t have to share your gamertag for multiplayer gaming with anyone in your home, or see recommendations not related to your gaming habits because you have shared your account. It means that when you buy one Xbox Live Gold membership, multiple people can enjoy the best benefits of Xbox Live Gold on your Xbox One at no additional charge.

Read more via Xbox Wire

New Avatars and Full Body HD Gamerpics Confirmed For Xbox One

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Only in June had we almost started a campaign to find out where the hell Avatars were for the new Xbox One console. Had they been killed off, are they hidden… but we came to the conclusion the only real clue to their existence was in the form of Kinect Sports Rivals, by comparing the box art to previous Kinect Sports titles you could assume from the upcoming Xbox One title that your Xbox LIVE Avatars will now become more human looking than ever before with improvements to facial, head, body muscle and other physical improvements to more resemble a human appearance?

Seems it was a good guess!

“Your avatar will be on the system at launch and in fact, you’ll have some new options, including the ability to do full-body HD gamerpics”, said Marc Whitten, speaking to IGN, confirming that gamers on the Xbox One will be now able to scan themselves with the new Kinect so that their Avatar more closely resembles them, from head to toe.

“We should actually talk more about gamerpics too. We’ve moved from the 64×64 gamerpics on Xbox 360 to a full 1080p. They are beautiful, and you are going to see some really cool hero moments, like when you login to see personalised views of your games and other content.”

Gamers will also be able to earn achievements for both current and next-gen titles, so if you have the same game on both platforms you can double up your gamerscore, but obviously there are some new enhancements for Xbox One titles on the way.

“Every game has its own set of achievements, so if you’re playing Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and on Xbox One, you can earn a separate set of Gamerscore in each game. But on the Xbox One version, you’re getting a much richer set of features, such as seeing your achievements progress on the Xbox One console, being able to unlock new achievements throughout the year, and earning real prixes inside and outside of the game. Xbox One also enables a new concept of challenges, where games will be offering special time-based opportunites to earn various goals and collect the rewards.”

Thanks Trusted Reviews via IGN