The Xbox One's ability to snap different apps has proven to be quite a handy feature to have. Grinding zombie kills in Dead Rising 3
, and re-playing through the same levels for the same achievements in Halo: Spartan Assault
, have ultimately become more bearable now that I can snap the Boston-Montreal NHL playoff game to watch at the same time. The only real problem that has been present is the fact that there has been no real volume control between the two simultaneous apps. Since you obviously can't just hit the mute button on your TV remote, this has required users to try and turn the volume down or off in different games and apps individually; when even possible to do so that is. Fortunately this is being addressed in the upcoming May update, and will be available soon for the early-access testers to try out.
Major Nelson has outlined the new Sound Mixer and Chat Mixer for both snap functionality and Kinect chat volumes as well. Upon first glance and based on Larry's description, it looks as if users will have the ability to pre-set the volume of the main snapped app, and the secondary snapped app, to determine which one is louder. A new opt-in program to improve the range of Kinect voice commands has also been outlined. Sound Mixer for Snap Apps & Volume Control for Kinect Chat
We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat.Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition
Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want to continue making this great for all Xbox One owners worldwide. The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans. If you want to help us in our efforts to make voice and speech improvements for Kinect even better, you can opt-in to a speech data collection. Under Settings, then Privacy & Online Safety, go to Customizing privacy and online safety and set Share Voice Data to Allow. This is completely optional and all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.
These new improvements to the console will be along sometime this month in the newest update.