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Xbox One preview invites to March system update going out today

Thursday, 20th February 2014 17:53 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has started sending out invites to select Xbox One users to preview the March system update.

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Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register.

The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features.

Once registered, participants will be able to test “the early features included in the update and provide feedback on a private forum” and will be given the option to opt out of future waves.

The March update aims to improve multiplayer and party experiences. Below is a list of previously reported features planned by Microsoft.

  • Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.
  • Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.
  • Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.
  • “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.
  • “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.

The March Xbox One system update will start rolling out in the early part of the month, and in-depth videos will be released touching upon the new features.

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