Xbox One system update for May addresses fan-requested features, including voice messaging between Xbox One and Xbox 360

By Shabana Arif, Tuesday, 12 May 2015 20:22 GMT

The system update for May is rolling out on Xbox One, and Major Nelson has the lowdown on all of the cool new features you can look forward to.

The most notable features include exchanging voice messages between Xbox One and Xbox 360, and powering the console on/ off using SmartGlass. Meanwhile dedicated servers for party chat are incoming, but not available just yet.

Full details on the update can be found at Xbox Wire but Major Nelson succinctly wrapped up the details for us on his blog:

  • Voice Messages – You can now send and receive voice messages from the Xbox One messages app. This is the No. 1 feature requested in the Friends and Parties area on the Xbox Feedback site > “Add audio message …”
  • Power On/Off from Xbox One SmartGlass – The Xbox One SmartGlass app for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android are being updated to let you power your Xbox One on and off when your devices are on the same home network as your console.
  • User Selectable Power Mode – We are also altering the initial setup experience on Xbox One worldwide to enable you to select your preferred power mode between Instant-on or Energy-saving mode.
  • Dedicated Servers for Party Chat – We will start to expand the availability of the party chat relay services beyond preview members to a broader audience as we continue to fine tune the feature and scale out the servers needed to support party chat relay services

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