The big Xbox One holiday update has arrived with Clubs, Looking for Group, Group Messaging, emojis

By Stephany Nunneley
10 November 2016 22:37 GMT

It’s finally here, Xbox One users.

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Microsoft has released the latest Xbox One update which includes highly requested features such as Group Messaging, Looking for Group and for those who love emojis, those have been added too.

A walkthrough video for the update is posted above, but we’ve tossed the added features in list for you below with a summarization.

Clubs on Xbox Live: Gamer-created and managed groups that can help you meet people and grow communities. Anyone can join or create a Club, create a Club and set up parties, play games, share content, and communicate using voice and text chat with the Club across Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices

Looking for Group on Xbox Live: Helps you quickly find other players that you want to game with. You’ll be able to add certain requirements to make sure that you’re finding the right gamers. You can specify the game, the game mode, the language the party will be speaking, how many people you need, rules like no trash talking or casual friendly, and any other in-game requirements like level, gear or character type.

Achievement Rarity: Helps you discover just how unique an Achievement is among players of a given game. When you earn a rare Achievement, you’ll get a special notification and diamond icon highlighting it.

Group Messaging on Xbox Live: Helps you coordinate and keep in touch with your friends and fellow gamers by sending a single group message to everyone in a single conversation. You can also add people to the group and dynamically change the conversation topic. Group Messaging works across Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices.

Gamerscore Leaderboard: This has been improved on Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10 devices. The Leaderboard now resets at the beginning of each month instead of displaying results for a 30-day rolling period, meaning you and your friends will have a clean slate to compete at the start of each month.

Emojis for the Xbox One virtual keyboard: Once on your virtual keyboard, you can get to emojis by pulling the left trigger until they show up. From there, select any emoji, or press and hold on one to see more related emoji.

Microsoft said Arena, which was also in preview alongside the aforementioned features, will continue to stay there through the holidays to “ensure it’s great when we launch it more broadly.”

The holiday update is rolling out to Xbox One consoles and the Xbox app today.

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