March Xbox One Update Now Available

By Marc Caccamise, 4 years ago
The long-awaited March Xbox One update, which addresses some of the most requested changes to matchmaking, party chat, and friend features, has begun to roll out to users. This update comes a week before the release of the highly-anticipated Titanfall, and includes Twitch broadcasting, so it appears everything is falling into place at just the right time. As per usual, if you have your One set to "Instant On," the next time the system is turned off it will automatically check for the newest update, and will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time.

The entire list of features included in the update is quite extensive, so before we get to that, let's take a minute to let Larry Hyrb "Major Nelson" walk us through some of the new things that are coming.

For those who want to get right into the thick of the details, here's the entire list of what to expect in the update.

Improved Multiplayer & Party Chat
- Cross title party chat
- Party chat on by default
- Easier multiplayer invites
- Easier multiplayer joining
- Ability to see what the people in your party are doing
Improved Friends List & Profile
- Improved friends list utility & speed of access
- Ability to see people you recently played games with
- See when friends are broadcasting, including live broadcast thumbnails in activity feed
- Get to a friend’s profile faster using type-ahead suggestions
- Contextual app menu actions on friends list and activity feed items
- Enabled more multiplayer (join and invite) actions on user profiles
- 54 new contest-winning gamerpics
Twitch Live Streaming
- Broadcast gameplay on Twitch.TV through Xbox LIVE (When the updated Twitch app ships next week.)
- Voice support for starting and ending broadcast
Home Social Improvements
- See favorite friends currently online
- See friends broadcasting gameplay
Miscellaneous Shell Improvements
- Improved notification center experiences including “quiet mode”
- View Game Clips while in snap mode
- Protect user settings with passkey
Browser Improvements
- Control Bing and Google maps with gesture and controller
- Quick search when highlighting a term on a page
- When searching from Bing search on the console, direct link to Internet Explorer in order to see additional web results.
New Devices - Driver & Firmware Updates
- Firmware update to the Xbox One controller to support the Xbox One stereo headset adapter
- Support for 1st and 3rd party headsets
- Driver updates for the Xbox One Media Remote
SmartGlass Improvements
- Push notification to your device for Xbox Live messages
- Quickly see what a friend is doing including presence and recent
- Enhanced viewing of personal and a friend’s game progress and clips
- Ability to close snap from SmartGlass
Live TV
- 50Hz fix – users can set the Live TV app to display at 50Hz for full or fill modes
- Volume up/down adjustments – user can tailor the number of volume increments when using “volume up” or “volume down” commands
- IR blasting of power & volume to TVs/AVRs in all regions
- AVR setup maps to include model number for most sound bars or AVRs when setting up TV
Improved Audio Output Support
- SPDIF (optical out) now supports 5.1 Dolby Digital – enabling devices such as sound bars with only Optical In to be able to receive 5.1 Dolby Digital from console over optical
- HDMI output now supports stereo uncompressed, 5.1 uncompressed, 7.1 uncompressed or 5.1 Dolby Digital live or 5.1 DTS
Some additional information has also been teased about what is being worked on for future updates. External hard drive storage, and improvements for friend notifications are the things in particular which users can expect. Continuous updates, whether big or small, will continue into the future.
Marc Caccamise
Written by Marc Caccamise
Writer of news, features, and reviews for TrueAchievements since June 2013. Discovered the incredible world of video games at a young age with Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf, and haven't looked back since. Outside of gaming, I'm usually found reading up on various history topics or rooting for the lowly Buffalo Bills and Sabres.