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Microsoft shines up Smartglass and Oneguide for Xbox One

UK users get US features
Wed Apr 02 2014, 15:06
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MICROSOFT HAS UPDATED the Video and Smartglass apps on its Xbox One games console.

The update is an improvement, said the firm in its announcement, and will improve what users watch and how they watch it.

A refreshed Xbox Video app lets Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows 8 users pick up and put down movies, movies that have been bought or rented, all over the place.

This means, for example, that you could stop watching a movie in your lounge only to pick up where you left off in your bedroom. It also means that the Xbox Video experience will fall in line with rival services like Netflix.

Microsoft reckons that this is well timed, as soon it will be showing the very long The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It also suggested that some punters might have invested in season passes for long form shows.

This goggle Xboxing needs a smooth passage of course, and Microsoft has also improved the navigation system on the Xbox One. Smartglass benefits here, and users of the app should be able to hop quickly between game statistics and achievements and other information.

Oneguide, Microsoft's electronic programme guide, has also had a lick of update paint, and UK users can now enjoy some features that previously were only available in the US. Microsoft called this an "enhanced TV watching experience", and said that TV listings will be added to Oneguide. Users will get better navigation too, and can use Smartglass to stay on top of what is on, and what they have been watching.

Before you rush to your console, Microsoft said that only some users will be invited to try these Oneguide features. A wider rollout is lined up for later this year. µ


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