Microsoft says that its next Xbox One update has started rolling out yesterday, less than a week before the launch of Titanfall. The update, detailed in February, will fix problems with joining and chatting with parties of your friends, prepare the console for the release of the Xbox One stereo headset and media remote, and add support for Twitch live streaming ahead of the service’s launch on the console.
The update retools the console’s UI, moving the user’s friends list to the front and center of the Xbox One’s friends homepage, and adds a list of recent players so users can send friend requests to amiable teammates. Players who set up parties with those friends will now have chat audio turned on by default, and will now be able to chat with people in the same party even when members of the group are playing different games. The update also introduces an “invite friends to game” option that will allow a user to join their friend’s multiplayer game with less hassle.
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Twitch gameplay streaming is coming to Xbox One on March 11, Twitch and Microsoft announced today. The feature will be patched in to Microsoft’s console for the North American release of Titanfall. Twitch adds the ability to live stream games, join games with broadcasters, use voice commands to create your own game broadcasts, archive game clips, and later watch those clips on any device.
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Microsoft’s spring update for the Xbox One is now live. The first update for the console packs a host of improvements, including better Kinect voice recognition, improved all-round stability, and some key fixes to the dashboard — such as onscreen meters for the controller’s battery and free HDD space . You’ll also be able to plug a USB keyboard in, which should make web browsing and searching a whole lot less painful.
The update is rolling out to customers during “off-peak” hours in their local time zones. If you’re taking advantage of Xbox’s Instant On feature, the console will check for an update next time you turn it off.
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Microsoft designer Carl Ledbetter has revealed that the game console went through many 3D-printed incarnations before the company settled on a final product; there were 75 system prototypes, 100 for the Kinect and 200 for the gamepad.
The development team spent a long time finding a balance between familiar Xbox design cues and the desire for an always-on media hub, Ledbetter says. Whether or not you think Microsoft achieved its goal, it’s clear that the Xbox One’s current look was never guaranteed.
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Call of Duty: Ghosts first dose of DLC, Onslaught, will be available to Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners on January 28, according to a photo Twitter user SeriousSix2010 claims to have taken at their local GameStop. The display notes that Onslaught will reach Xbox users first, which would align with Activision’s E3 announcement regarding timed-exclusive DLC for the platforms.
The poster suggests that Onslaught will consist of new maps known as “Fog,” “Bayview,” “Containment” and “Ignition,” as well as a “Maverick AR & Sniper Rifle” and the first episode of a four-part, episodic offering in the game’s Extinction mode.
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GoPro will launch an extreme sports channel on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The app will make its debut on Xbox 360 before Xbox One, a representative told Engadget at CES today, though there is no established timeframe for the app’s launch on either platform.
GoPro high-definition cameras are a favorite for adrenaline seekers. They are categorized as being lightweight and rugged, and are easily mounted to vehicles or worn by individuals.
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Microsoft is working on a big Xbox One update to address user criticisms and complaints over Live, according to Marc Whitten. The Xbox Corporate VP told our Engadget chums that “the Live experience” – which isn’t a Saturday night TV show – is something the company intends to “really push on.”
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According to the Twitch Twitter account, the Direct Broadcasting feature still lacks a release date from Microsoft for the Xbox One, and the Twitch team tells future streamers to “expect a few more months.” Just days before the system launch in November, Microsoft took to the Xbox Wire to announce the delay of game streaming on Xbox One, a surprising announcement considering that the PlayStation 4 Twitch integration had already rolled out without a hitch.
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Microsoft has announced that more than 3 million Xbox One consoles were sold before the end of last year,
Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox marketing vice president, revealed that more than 3 million were sold to consumers across 13 countries before 2013 came to a close. The Xbox executive called that a “record-setting pace for Xbox” following its distinction as the fastest-selling game console in the U.S. during its November launch month.
“If you look back at the Xbox 360′s launch, what it was in 2005 when it launched is completely different from what it is now,” Hryb said. “It’s fascinating to see the different things that have come along. Things iterated. We didn’t even have things like the party system or the ability to support external storage when we launched the Xbox 360. So we are absolutely committed to adding new features to the Xbox One over the course of its life span.”
Microsoft just launched standalone Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps for Windows Phone 8 users. The music app is largely what we’ve seen in Microsoft’s integrated software, but it also lets you edit playlists and sync radio stations.
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