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Xbox One updates add USB keyboard support and more

If you own an Xbox One game console Microsoft has announced that the console will receive some new updates, with the first rolling out on February 11. Microsoft has already stated that the Xbox One will receive continuous updates for functionality and new features during its lifetime, just like its predecessor.
The update on February 11 will give the user the ability to see and manage storage space. The update will also bring back the battery power indicator allowing gamers to see on the home screen how much battery power is left on the controller.
Another nice addition is the ability to use a USB keyboard with the Xbox One (this will be a big boon for those that like to chat with the console).

Rumored Titanfall Edition of the Xbox One [Source: The Verge]
On March 4, another set of updates will begin rolling out. The March 4 update will include improvements to the party and multiplayer systems. The updates are designed to coincide with the anticipated game Titanfall and promise to make the game one of the most important of the year.
More details on other features will be offered in the coming weeks. Microsoft also says that it has several other surprises in store for gamers.

Source: Xbox

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By p05esto on 2/5/2014 12:46:10 PM , Rating: 3
But where is the ability to browse a DLNA source like a home server? I have thousands of movies, organized into folders being served via DLNA. I have $50 devices that can see my collection and stream the movies, but my $500 Xbox One can't do this. WHY??? This is far more important to my than even supporting Netflix or any other social media BS service I don't care about. Please add this Microsoft, make it super powerful so that we can at least watch movies on the Xbox. You claimed all this multimedia features but in reality it can't even do the basics as far as that goes.

By bah12 on 2/5/2014 1:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
Couldn't agree more, what a vital thing to exclude when you dare call yourself the ultimate all-in-one home media machine. This is basic functionality that should have been in the 360 and never made it, I have no faith they will ever enable it beyond the PlayTo functionality.

By artemicion on 2/5/2014 4:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't bought a PS4 or an XB1 yet, but whichever one implements DLNA first is probably the one I'll end up buying. So get on it Sony/MS.

By DigitalFreak on 2/5/2014 1:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they do that? Then they couldn't force you to buy/rent them from the Xbox Video store.

By Wiggy Mcshades on 2/5/2014 1:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
I think their idea was that it's an all in one media device if you are buying your media from Microsoft. Having the ability to play media that wasn't purchased through them is going to be last on their list of things to add. I'm hoping with their new CEO and restructuring, that thoughtless decisions like this will be reevaluated. Reducing functionality is not helping their xbox music/movie sales, if you were going to buy the media through them then you were going to do that regardless of your previous purchasing methods. There's a chance I'd buy an xbox and thus buy tv shows, movies, and music through them if I could play the media I already have on it too. It's too bad the people in charge of these decisions are so removed from their customer base that they haven't the slightest clue of what helps and what hurts.

By mmichii on 2/5/2014 3:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
Ya its kind of sad. My little samsung 32 inch tv streams my content with UMS just great. I just use my WDTV for streaming or just play it directly with my PC. At this point all i expect out of any console is to play games. The manufacturer is only going to include a feature that benefits them. Streaming mkv files of movies you downloaded off p2p, usenet, etc. certainly does not benefit them in the least and most certainly won't be included.

By dxf2891 on 2/5/2014 3:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
The really messed up part is that it doesn't even support it's very own Windows Media Center.

By Nephelai on 2/5/2014 4:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
The whole idea of Xbox is to lock people into a online pseudo DRM service and siphon their $$$. The Xbox will never replace my smart TV and home theatre system which I stream (content and services) from my home network. A gaming console should play games only and besides my PC does a better job of that too.

By KCjoker on 2/5/2014 6:52:41 PM , Rating: 2
Agree, also read a while back Xbox One might get the VLC player which would be awesome.

By Alexvrb on 2/6/2014 8:08:12 PM , Rating: 2
If it gets VLC then it'll be able to play just about any media. The VLC port to Windows Runtime is nearly ready. That covers Win 8.x, WinRT, and potentially future Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One releases, so it's very plausible. Heck when MS adds external USB storage support a lot of people will potentially just hook up a very large external drive and call it a day. Hopefully that will happen in one of the not-too-distant updates. I won't buy any next gen console without external storage support. :P Others will of course want to stream over the network which becomes a lot more viable once we get VLC.

By WayneG on 2/6/2014 5:24:22 AM , Rating: 2

I've got a Samsung PS59D550 and it's only on 100MB Lan whereas the Xbox is 1GB so can play all my uncompressed HD content without pausing to buffer every 5 seconds.

I've tried using the "Play To" feature, but it's f!@£ing dreadful. Can't play any of my matroska files (mkv), and would be a nightmare even if it did work.

I have the PS4 as well and that doesn't even have a "Play To" feature, X360 is perfect. Although again limited by the bandwidth available.

By 3DoubleD on 2/6/2014 10:36:13 AM , Rating: 2
100mbps ethernet is more than enough bandwidth for a full blu-ray video. You could probably play 3 or 4 simultaneously over the same connection. You stuttering issue must be as a result of the video or audio decoder. In my experience, unless you are running on full PC hardware with a proper OS (Windows, OSX, Linux) with proper media players (eg. MPC-HC, VLC, XBMC, ect) then you are bound to run into compatibility issues do to the less robust codecs used on set top boxes (Roku, WDTV, ect), Smart TVs, tablets/phones (although they can be pretty good), and even consoles. This says nothing to the power of these devices, but to the poor software development and support.

Give me an XBMC App
By ie5x on 2/6/2014 1:17:32 AM , Rating: 2
And I will be a customer!

*shakes head*
By inperfectdarkness on 2/6/2014 3:00:29 AM , Rating: 1
*Looks at XBone, sees endless stream of add-on features, bells and whistles. Looks at MSI gaming laptop. Looks back at XBone, shakes head*

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