Microsoft provided copious amount of details regarding what gamers should expect when the company releases the next Xbox One update, which is scheduled to arrive in August. There are a total of eight additions and changes that the company has highlighted. They are as follows:
- Activity feed updates
- Expanded Friends area on Home
- Mobile purchases
- Low battery notification
- Disable notifications during video
- 3D Blu-ray
- Oneguide in more countries
- Last seen time in Friends list
To start off, the activity feed interface will be changed to a single column that will become longer and will include additional content. Xbox One gamers will have the ability to post text to their feed, like and comment on whichever feed they want to. In addition, they will also be given the option to share game videos, screenshots and pretty much anything else publicly. Gamers will also receive a notification after anyone likes, comments on, or shares the items that the console gamer person has shared.
That’s not all the update is catering to the gamers. Each user will allow the user to see what their specific friends have been up to. Friends will be able to view how long has it been since another friend was online (similar to the last seen notification present on Whatsapp). Furthermore, the Home area is getting expanded to a more flexible section for users. Friends can show off their current activity, the games that they are currently immersed in, and a leader board on Gamerscore.
The next feature on the list is mobile purchases. Using Xbox SmartGlass or by directly visiting Xbox.com, gamers can buy games and add-on content from their mobile devices. Microsoft has added another flexible feature; if the Xbox One console is set to automatically take updates, then it will begin downloading that particular purchase even if the user is not in close proximity of the console.
The Xbox One will also be getting a notification system to warn the user when the controller’s battery is getting low. Additionally, the ability to disable notifications during video playback, and 3D Blu-ray support has also been added. Finally, the OneGuide feature is coming to the following countries:
According to Microsoft, these features are only a glimpse on what is to come in the foreseeable future. Perhaps some previous generation console owners might be lamenting on how they should have made their next purchase an Xbox One purchase.