GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft is starting to promote an update for the Xbox One.
The firm talked about this in a blog post by Marc Whitten, chief product officer for the Xbox. He reminded us that players have played on their Xbox One consoles a lot since it went on sale, and have spent "millions of hours" online already.
The update, due to be released in March, will bring stability to players and improve multiplayer action, according to the post, as well as a lot of under the surface polishes that are aimed at developers.
"This update offers many new improvements - including lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features we believe Xbox fans will love, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time," said Whitten.
"This is step one on our journey and commitment to deliver continuous innovation to Xbox One customers. Xbox One is a platform designed to offer the best games and entertainment experience and we are committed to delivering more and more features to our customers."
Gamers will be able to get to their friends quicker by barking "Go to Friends" at the machine, and will be able to have chats with people who are not playing the same games as they are. Party chat is on by default, so be careful if you are having a poke at someone on your own team.
A recent players list has also been added, presumably so that people can continue screaming at their opponents as they move between games.
Microsoft added that the first Xbox One update, which it detailed last week ahead of a release scheduled for today, has been delayed, but will still see a rollout this week.
While we are on the subject of Microsoft Xbox One online gaming, the Redmond firm is lining up some console gewgaws with designs on your wallet.
Incoming soon are a stereo headset for £60, and a stereo headset adapter for £20. We are given to understand that these can be used while other people are asleep or studying for exams.
Both will go on sale in March. µ
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