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The Xbox One will also get a revamped "Friends" section

Microsoft’s Xbox One may be losing the sales race against the Sony PlayStation 4 (despite an effective price drop in June with a Kinect-less SKU), but that isn’t stopping the company from offering continual improvements to its gaming system.
Over the next few months, Microsoft will launch a wealth of new features including “Boot to TV” and a new “Friends” section that will help you to better keep track of what you friends are doing. Microsoft is even throwing in MKV support, which is a nice plus.

The first of the new features will launch this month via the Early Access Program. You can see the full list of new additions to the Xbox One, courtesy of Major Nelson, below:
  • New “Friends” section the new Friends section has been available for a few early access Preview members and we’re expanding it to everyone enrolled in the Preview program. The new Friends section enables users to see at a glance what’s going on with their friends. They can stay up-to-date with their current activities, the most popular games their friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore over the last 30 days.
  • Snap Center – Some of gamers’ favorite features in the Xbox 360 guide, are coming to Xbox One in a way that’s now truly be side-by-side with games. Messages, friends, parties, and achievements will all be available in the new Snap Center, providing a seamless way to switch back and forth without having to leave a game.
  • Threaded Messages – keeping gamers in their games while they multitask has been a huge focus. The new Messages app features threaded messages with the full conversation history – including embedded links to Game DVR clips – that can be viewed without interrupting gameplay.
  • Media Player – a new app will be available soon that enables users to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – announced last week, this new accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
  • Stream TV to SmartGlass – launching first in markets receiving the Xbox Digital TV Tuner, Xbox One owners will be able to stream their TV across their home network to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. They can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on the Xbox One. This will work for SmartGlass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android.
  • Boot to TV – Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • Live TV mini guide – for markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. Users can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.
  • Country Expansion – we’re doing a lot of work on the backend to prepare for Xbox One to launch in 29 new markets in the coming weeks.

Source: Major Nelson

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Live TV with guide?
By hifiaudio2 on 8/12/2014 9:49:33 AM , Rating: 2
Any chance a future update could allow a full Windows Media center "like" interface that could work with OTA antenna and HdHomeruns? If that happened I would replace each HTPC in my house with XBones since I could then playback my networked MKVs and get live TV with a guide and multi tuner support in one nice package that happens to play console games. That is a 2-3 unit sale to one home right there.

RE: Live TV with guide?
By EasyC on 8/12/2014 12:08:52 PM , Rating: 2
You can do this on a PS3, except for TV guide.

I bought a cheap PS3 during the holiday season last year (149$) and use that as my secondary media node in the bedroom. The only thing missing was the TV guide tie into the HD Homerun. Live TV works great, just a pain to scroll through all the channels to get the one you want... and you can't see what's on from within the interface.

If HDHomeRun released a PS3 app like they had been rumored to a while ago, you wouldn't even need an xbone for the functionality....

RE: Live TV with guide?
By BPB on 8/12/2014 12:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
If the tuner accessory allows for WMC or WMC-like usage, I'll buy 1 or 2 more Xbox Ones to add to the one I already have. I would love to see them doing this.

On second thought, if this accessory doesn't make the One an extender, but rather makes it a stand alone DVR-type device, I wouldn't like it as much. I like using 360's as extenders, and having all the devices work off of one PC. It makes tuner sharing much easier.

RE: Live TV with guide?
By hechacker1 on 8/12/2014 12:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
Does the XB1 have the media center extender? I bought a 360 just for that functionality. And since you are serving from a htpc, you can have all the codecs and video input options.

Then it can play from DNLA assuming your server can transcode fast enough, so basically that already exists.

But it would be nice to have that all built into the XB1 (it's fast enough).

RE: Live TV with guide?
By BPB on 8/12/2014 12:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
I just looked at pictures of the tuner device. Since it takes in coax it won't work the the HDHomeRun Prime boxes. They output via ethernet cable. The One does let me plug my HTPC into it, and it does run it fine, but I'd rather have the HTPC plugged directly into the TV, then I can turn the One off and save a little on the utility bill and on HDD wear and tear on the One.

RE: Live TV with guide?
By hifiaudio2 on 8/12/2014 12:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah you wouldnt think this would be very hard for them at all. They already own all of the working code. Just bring the code from the Windows 8 media center pack to the forefront of the Xbone console and enable it to work in EITHER "main PC" mode or extender mode. So I could replace all the HTPCs in the house with an XbOne and continue to get full guide and DVR capabilities that I currently enjoy with the HTPC but with a bit more of an appliance like device. Plus the console gaming...

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