Xbox One March Update includes Dolby Digital 5.1, but not friends online notifications

Saturday, 1 March 2014 14:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Xbox One’s March system update will contain support for 5.1 optical sound, but those hoping for notifications of a friend coming online will have to wait for another update.


The March system update will finally support output for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (thanks, CVG). This means that gaming headsets will finally have a full surround signal over an optical audio cable.

The console launched without Dolby Digital support and the only option available was DTS Digital Surround output over HDMI. At the time, director of product planning Albert Penello said the option would not be available at launch due to a software scheduling issue.

The update will also update the Xbox One party system and friends list, but the familiar pop up which occurs when an Xbox Live friend has come online will be added with the next update, according to Marc Whitten.

Twitch users will receive broadcasting toasts from friends though, just not normal XBL users.

Microsoft plans to released the Xbox One March update before Titanfall lands on March 11.