April's Xbox One Update and Features Inbound

By Ashley Woodcock, 2 years ago
After much-appreciated and valued feedback from selected Xbox LIVE community members who were chosen to preview Microsoft's Xbox One updates early, Major Nelson has announced the next set of features that will be rolling out on the Xbox One in the near future.

While not quite as large as March's update, each part of this update will be just as important to Xbox One users and looks to eliminate issues with game saves, friend notifications, GameDVR quality and more. Check out the short list to see if anything you're having issues with or are expecting to be improved has been dealt with:

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.

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.
Unfortunately, one issue is still going on that Microsoft is apparently aware of. Major Nelson had this to say on the matter:

We value all of the feedback we are getting from you. We know external hard drive storage is still a big one and we’ve promised before it’s on our list – I assure you that it still is. We’ll continue regular updates to Xbox One. Thanks for your support.
If you're not a part of the private, early previewing, Xbox One circle, then you'll be pleased to know that Microsoft will be spreading more love and inviting more participants into the previewing. If you're lucky enough to be chosen, you will be "sent an Xbox LIVE message" with instructions on how to register.

Those already registered will be able to check out these newest features "in the coming days and weeks". The features will be available in full to all in April.
Ashley Woodcock
Written by Ashley Woodcock
Assistant News Manager for TrueAchievements and member of the Newshounds team since 2010. Lover of completions, tough achievements, shooters, action, adventure and racing titles, hip-hop, NBA, and my Scooby. Finding it hard to pull myself away from The Division and its dangerous Dark Zone.