Microsoft Rolling Out Xbox One System Update With Lots Of New Features To Preview Members

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As announced earlier this week, Microsoft is now rolling out the Xbox One system update to preview members. It includes no.of new social and entertainment features we shared earlier this week, in addition to a few unannounced features. Find the list of new features below,

Some of the new features rolling out to our preview members include:

 

  • Parties – The Party App has been re-organized, so you can now see what activities everyone in your party is doing and tell more clearly who is playing in the same game with you.  You can also more quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.  Also, Parties now have a Party Leader.  This person can change whether the party requires invitations, and she/he can remove others from the party.
  • New Friends Section – The new Friends section has been available for a few early access preview members and we’re expanding it to additional participants enrolled in the preview program. The new Friends section enables you to see at a glance what’s going on with your friends. You can stay up-to-date with your current activities, the most popular games your friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore the most over the last 30 days. We’ll continue to roll this feature out to all participants in the coming updates.
  • Media Player – A new app will be available soon that enables you 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 hardware 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 One Digital TV Tuner, you will be able to stream your TV across your home network to your smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. You can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on Xbox One.
  • Boot to TV – Now you will be able to set your console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.  
  • Live TV Miniguide – 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. You can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.
  • SmartGlass Updates – You can now post status messages from the Activity Feed as well as add comments and share items from both your Activity Feed and from Game Clips. Along with the new comment and share features, a personalized Activity Feed has been added to your profile. Messages have been updated to a new layout supporting a full conversation view. Additionally, we are adding the ability to record game clips directly from the Now Playing bar. Finally, if you upgrade the app directly we have introduced a What’s New page highlighting the features of each release.
  • “Xbox On” in New Markets – Adding support for additional markets to use the “Xbox On” Kinect voice command to power on consoles: Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil – a top used feature.
  • 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.
  • Multiple GameDVR Deletes – You will be able to choose multiple GameDVR clips to delete at once in the Upload app.
  • Save your Avatar Gamerpic – A new option is now available to save Avatar GamerPics to your OneDrive.
  • Settings Updates – New options help you manage your controllers and accessories. Also, Instant Sign-In is being moved to Settings, to the Sign-in, security & Passkey area.
  • Bandwidth Usage Display – Located in Network Settings under the Troubleshooting column, Bandwidth Usage will show you how much bandwidth your Xbox One is consuming over a period of time. This is useful if you want to track against bandwidth caps set by ISPs in certain markets.


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  • Rikesh Krishna

    Can someone please invite me to join the preview program? I’d love to test out the new features. It would really be appreciated! My gamer tag is: KESH91

    • zonalpaul

      I have sent an Invite sent out to Microsoft. you may get a message on your console next week with a link to download the preview app.

      • Rikesh Krishna

        Awesome thank you!

      • hysonmb

        How many invites can you send? I’ve been trying to get into this since they announced it.

      • Ramon Elias

        Could you please invite me too??? I can’t wait to have access to these improvements. =/

        Gamertag: Ramonis21

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  • Allan Krøyer

    I would like to be invited please: GT = dkallkro

    • Patrick

      done

      • Carlos Baggett

        Hey Patrick if you still have the ability and kindness to send an invite
        for the preview. Would greatly appreciate it. GT=PhireSun GHz

        Thanks in advance.

  • Asgard

    If someone else have invitations left, I would love to have one too. My account name is Asgardii. But I’m not going to spam about this more :)

    • Patrick

      done,,

  • svyatko

    Fellas, would also love to get invited to test this. My gamertag is Svyatk0
    cheers people.

    • Patrick

      done.

      • svyatko

        hey Patrick, do you mean you have invited me? I didn’t get any notification anywhere

        • Patrick

          5-7 days, and due to high demand of people trying to get into the program it could be longer. if MS has not blocked any invites to prevent a flood of people coming in at once.

          • svyatko

            you are a star. Thanks alot.

  • siegrespect

    I would love to test this preview. Can someone help me out with an invite for the preview program. My gamertag is: Siegrespect Pro.

    • Patrick

      done,

      • http://www.siegrespect.com siegrespect

        Thanks bro (Y) AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH yeah

  • Men’s Rights Groningen

    This is great, we’re seeing more of Microsoft MediaRoom’s features come back to the Xbox One, it is already a great to see an Xbox Media Player, Microsoft should make that the new hub on Windows Phone, a full media player is better than separate video- and music-players, the functions and subscriptions could remain separate, but the media-player should integrate with both…

  • BK bAN01TgAZ

    GT: BK bAN01TgAZ

    I would like an invite…
    please and thank you,

    • Patrick

      done

      • BK bAN01TgAZ

        Thank you muchly

  • Carlos Baggett

    Hey if anyone still has the ability and kindness to send an invite for the preview. Would greatly appreciate it. GT=PhireSunGHz

    Thanks in advance.