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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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RE: Brilliant to support MKV
By Reclaimer77 on 8/12/2014 3:11:32 PM , Rating: 1
I have literally no clue what you're talking about. XBMC, once set up, is literally tinker-free.

And half the time I go to watch Netflix, my PS3 tells me I have to do an update first. So it's not like consoles are hassle free entirely.

The Xbox One didn't even launch with Dolby Digital support, but it's billed as an entertainment center device. Consoles always seem extremely limited in one way or the other for playing media.

RE: Brilliant to support MKV
By arazok on 8/12/2014 4:25:53 PM , Rating: 3
I have an WMC setup, which only seems to run as I’d expect 98% of the time. Keyboard required the other 2%. It’s always…something… about once a month. From talking to others with XBMC, it’s not much different. I could be misinformed.

XBone might not have had dolby digital at launch, but when they added it I didn’t have to touch a thing. Updates are installed behind the scenes, unlike the previous gen. I’m not even aware it’s happened. This is what I’m talking about. I want something that plays everything, and just firkin works 100% of the time. Once they add this update - it’s there.

Sure, it wasn’t a media device at launch, but it sure will be with now. That’s all I care about, cares if dolby wasn’t there at launch? I have it now, and it’s got a simple interface, rock solid reliability, plays games, and now all media types over the network. Sold. I’m done with media centers.

RE: Brilliant to support MKV
By Alexvrb on 8/13/2014 2:01:54 AM , Rating: 3
You're right, they should stop improving its media capabilities.

Or they could continue to build it up and make it into a gaming device which also has ever-improving media capabilities. In many cases people own both multiple devices. So I don't see anything wrong with being able to easily stream TO the XB1 using DLNA, stream more FROM the XB1 using SmartGlass, and play media on the XB1 independently (whether via USB or a streaming service such as Netflix - especially since the paywall is gone).

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