Xbox One Party Updates Detailed

By Michelle Balsan, 2 years ago
Earlier this month, Microsoft detailed several updates that would be coming to the Xbox One. The first of those planned updates was intended to launch today, though it has been delayed to some point later this week. When the update is live, upon launching your Xbox One, you should be prompted to install the new update, which will allow you to manage your Hard Drive space and see how much battery life you still have in your controller.

Along with the February 11th update, a second wave of fixes was promised for release on March 4th in anticipation of Titanfall. This update, which was set to address several issues related to friends lists and party chat, was not thoroughly detailed at the time. Today, we have more concrete information to share.

- Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.

- Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.

- Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.

- We’re adding an “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.

- We’re adding “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.
Just as before, Microsoft promised further details would be available in the coming weeks. As they are available, we'll be sure to share them with you.
Credit for this story goes to Graymouse 1
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.