Xbox One April update preview begins, will improve DVR quality, add notifications & more

By Dave Cook, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:11 GMT

Xbox One’s April update is in preview now, and Microsoft has listed a string of new improvement coming to the console next month.

It follows the departure of Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer of Xbox Marc Whitten after many years at the company.

Over on NeoGAF, user Banjo-Kazooie listed the features, as posted in the previewers-only section of the Xbox forum, before Microsoft confirmed the features over on Xbox Wire.

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your 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 list. We’ll 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 through 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.

What do you think of the incoming updates?

Via MP1st.

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