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Microsoft's April Xbox One update is rolling out now

You don't even have to turn it on
Tue Apr 15 2014, 14:27
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MICROSOFT IS APPLYING the April update to its Xbox One games console and promising a range of tweaks and improvements.

In a blog post by regular communicator Major Nelson, the firm thanked players and punters for previewing and pruning features.

"Their input helped shape this system update, and we look forward to expanding our list of previewing Xbox Live members in the coming months," said Nelson.

Microsoft is rolling out the update now, and one of the first things that you need to look out for is a game save progress bar. This will show the status of game saves and will give you an idea of what it updating or has been updated.

Microsoft is also offering "Friends improvements", however this applied to the Xbox One system as opposed to humanity.

Nelson said that Xbox One players will be able to tell who is playing what and when. Anyone indulging in multiplayer action will be highlighted on your friends list, which should make ganging up on opponents easier.

Less immediately obvious will be background tweaks to Kinect, video quality and audio.

"Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we've updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands," said Nelson.

"Controller and headset adapter firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity."

The update will happen in the background, if users have Instant On mode enabled. Nelson said that users could expect to find an updated experience when they next boot up.

"Thanks again for everyone's feedback on particular features previewed these past few months and keep the feedback coming," added Nelson.

While the April update tackles audio and video quality, the March update played a different tune with a number of musical notes added. µ

 

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