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.