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Update began rolling out last night

Microsoft last night began rolling out a new system update for the Xbox One game console. The April system update brings with it several new features that have been beta tested over the last few weeks by a number of Xbox One users.
The system update brings with it a game save progress bar to show the status of the save games. Users will also be able to tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently. Improvements to friends notifications let the user see when favorites and friends sign into Xbox Live. Friends that are in multiplayer will also be identified on the updated friends list.

Kinect voice and motion control has been improved with gesture functions tweaked to reduce the number of false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands. Game DVR functionality has also been improved with new compression algorithms.
The Blu-ray player also now supports 50 Hz video output and a new video player update will be coming in the future to support that new output. Firmware updates for controllers and headset to reduce static are included.

Updates can also now be applied with a silent reboot and system update on demand. This allows consoles in InstantOn mode to be updated automatically and then return to standby mode when the update is complete. That feature eliminates the need for users to power on their console after an update from this point forward.
Microsoft’s last Xbox One update was released in early March.

Source: Major Nelson

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3D in June?
By Mitch101 on 4/15/2014 10:45:31 AM , Rating: 2
Ive heard 3D movie support is coming in June its down to licensing and certification now.

Rumors of a possible X-Box One without a Kinect 2.0 to boost sales of the console are on the table. They said no before but keep in mind X-Box division is under new mangement.

Im also anxious to see Kinect Shades (augmented reality) after Microsoft is purchasing some 140 patents from Osterhout Design Group which is a military contractor. This could get real interesting there is some cool technology here around those patents.

RE: 3D in June?
By CaedenV on 4/15/2014 11:52:47 AM , Rating: 3
from the talk over at Rooster Teeth it sounds like the XB1's 2D bluray support is also pretty awful, both due to crappy drives and poorly though-out software. The bluray drive really must have been a last minute addition.

I dobut that we will see an xbox without kinect, especially now that Cortana is rumored to be coming to the platform. Perhaps we could see an xbox with just a high quality mic array instead of a full-on camera?

Agreed, especially now that FB bought out the Rift, I would love to see as many AR and VR headsets flood the market as possible. Personally I just want a high quality HMD rather than a full VR headset. These designers are forgetting that we gamers are, above all else, lazy. We don't want to move, or gesture, or whatever. We simply want to have a large screen on our face so that we can lay down and relax while we destroy our enemies... it is just too strenuous to sit up anymore.

RE: 3D in June?
By Alexvrb on 4/15/2014 10:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
If there's any issues with Bluray support it's due to the software. Not the drive. Anyway they're releasing a newer version of the Bluray playback software soon, and I suspect they'll continue to make improvements to it and the rest of the platform.

RE: 3D in June?
By atechfan on 4/15/2014 10:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
I hope it is a software issue. That can be fixed with an update. I don't want to see MS eat the cost of recalling units to fix faulty Blu-Ray players.

Backwards Compatibility?
By DN23 on 4/15/2014 11:54:05 AM , Rating: 4
When is the update for backwards compatibility coming? :-\

RE: Backwards Compatibility?
By kleinma on 4/15/2014 1:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
At least they are looking into it. Sony might do something with PS3 games, but if they do, it will probably be a streaming service since they bought that streaming game company. The only scary thing about that is if they take the "buy all your favorite PS3 games again" route...

MS is actually looking into virtualization of the 360 on the XBO.

RE: Backwards Compatibility?
By Mitch101 on 4/15/2014 1:19:10 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft mentioned it recently but I think if its going to happen it will be a cloud service because the hardware is just too different. Sony says they are going to cloud stream but really if either provides that then they kind of shoot themselves in the foot. Thats possibly one less game your not going to buy for the new console if it was ported. It only really supports games that you've already bought preventing you from playing or possibly buying a new game or when buying previous gen console games youll most likely buy used games instead of new and both want your money.

I would hope going forward both companies consider staying with the same hardware platforms just like upgrading a PC so backwards compatibility wont be an issue on future generation consoles.

By Namey on 4/16/2014 12:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
But that Cthulhu dog tho.

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