Microsoft Details Upcoming Xbox One System Update 1403 Preview, Includes Lots Of Improvements

Microsoft last year said that they will be constantly delivering updates for Xbox One in improving the overall experience. Since its launch, there were two major system updates for Xbox One. Microsoft is now working on the next Xbox One system update 1404. Microsoft is planning to release the preview version of this update 1404 to testers in next few days. Here are the improvements that will be part of this update.

What to expect in this update preview:

For those of you that participated in last months (1403) update preview, this preview wave will be a little different.

. The 1404 update preview will run a bit longer than the 1403 preview. As a result, not all of the features listed below will be available in the first 1404 update. Some features will be enabled in 1404 updates that are rolled out later in the preview.

. Some of the features listed below will be enabled outside of a console update. keep an eye on the forums for announcements and information on when new features are made available.

What’s new in this release?

. Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of you game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.

. Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends 1st. Well also add the ability to view friends most popular apps.

. Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing,

. Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.

. Improved GameDVR video quality though compression algorithm improvements.

. Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.

. New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.

Source: Microsoft

  • that_guy

    Windows Phones needs this kind of aggressive updating. Come on MS.

    • Michael Santangelo

      I have yet to see any platform, BB, iOS, Andriod, or even WP to update “aggressively.” It’s a whole different ballgame when it comes to consoles.

      • that_guy

        Jolla is brand new and they are releasing big updates left and right for their mobile OS.

    • nadako

      Its really easy to update one system with one type of hardware but it is extremely hard to update one system with a dozen different hardware types.

      • that_guy

        True but I still think MS could still do better than what they have been doing.

        • nadako

          I would somewhat agree but when I was invited to the windows phone 7 ambassador event in Seattle Washington they explained how many hours of testing they do on the phones. With the first gen phones they had over 1million hours of testing done on each type of phone and I believe they are doing the same thing. But I would like to see the fast boot times coming back to the OS. My first windows phone 7 which was a Samsung Taylor(prototype device) booted in about 7 seconds while my Icon boots now in 30-40 secs.

          • that_guy

            Yeah my old WP7 phone boots up in no time. It should be able to be done. My Surface pro boots up super fast too.

  • robertwade

    Now, how do we get on the preview bandwagon? I’ve definitely noticed some issues with the voice command reliability AND issues controlling connected devices. I frequently recalibrate the Kinect in an attempt to improve things. For a while I would tell Xbox One to “turn off” only to have it completely ignore me when I say “yes” to the next prompt (being forced to rely on hand gestures). Also, far too often it simply doesn’t hear me when I say “Xbox ON”. When it all works, it works remarkably well. But when it doesn’t, it’s incredibly frustrating….and embarrassing if friends are over.

    • whiteSMURF

      You should do a cold boot. Hold the power button for 10-20 seconds until the console shuts down, then unplug and wait for 20 seconds. It should resolve the non compliance with the ‘yes’ command when powering down with voice commands. As for ‘Xbox On’… good luck. It’s a mixed bag.

      • robertwade

        I tried that early on and, sad to say, it didn’t help. I did find, though, that recalibrating it with my sound system turned up a LOT more than normal seems to have helped quite a bit. It’s now responding much more consistently with the “On” command and recognizing ‘Yes” when turning off.

  • nikolas

    how about bluray 3d playback support

  • ZappyKins

    All good updates! Really like being able to adjust the volume control range. Good job team!