Microsoft Reveals No.Of New Features Coming To Xbox One In The Updates

Microsoft today revealed no.of new features that will be coming to Xbox One via monthly updates in the next few months. There will be a new media player app that will allow users to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. Xbox One owners will be able to stream their TV across their home network to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app.

Find the full list of updates 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.

 

Xbox One compatible file types:
3gp audio
3gp video
3gp2
aac
adts
animated gif
asf
avi divx
avi dv
avi uncompressed
avi xvid
bmp
jpg
gif
h264 avchd
mjpeg
mkv
mov
mp3
mpeg 1 ps
mpeg 2
mpeg 2 hd
mpeg 2 ts
mpeg 4 h264 aac
mpeg 4 sp
png
tiff
wav
wma
wma lossless
wma pro
wma voice
wmv
wmv hd

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  • James Hancock

    Now if the media center also supports TrueHD and DTS Master bitstreaming, we’re all set.

    And if plex for Xbox One (coming soon) can also support MKV and bitstreaming then I’ll be buying an Xbox One.

    If Microsoft adds an OTA Tuner, a Cable Tuner and convinces DISH to support a tuner as well, I’ll jump for joy and be completely sold.

  • CX1

    When can I use my network tuner with it? No reason to buy it until then.

  • xxcorpxx

    This is what I’ve been waiting for! Great news

  • Asgard

    I really hope this means mkv support coming for Windows 9 and WP too.

  • Emi the Strange

    finally MKV? some people who use TPB will be happy ince they seem to be the ones who want mkv support. hope that comes to windows phone video app and windows 8 one.

    I also hope Microsoft can add good subtitle support, but they never did with WMP so I doubt it but it would be nice since not every movie is in your language, even youtube has srt support, it’s useless most of the time when I download a video from jdownloader but it’s still something. because I mean, close caption is just… not that great.

  • JohnCz

    Boot to TV will be deeply appreciated by my wife and I can see the mini guide I getting alot of use too.