March Xbox One Update Arrives


The promised March update has arrived for the Xbox One. Its major focus is on making sure the system’s multiplayer features are as smooth and efficient as they can be, with special efforts given to the party system and friends features. It also makes some audio adjustments, such as implementing support for Dolby Ditigal, and prepares the console for the arrival of Twitch streaming on March 11. It also supports 50Hz output now, and it has altered the voice-activated volume controls so you can more easily set the volume to your desired level.

If you keep your Xbox One in the “Instant On” state, where it will power up at a voice command from you, it will automatically download the update during off-peak hours when you next turn it off. Otherwise, you will have to choose to download it.

Check out the full list of changes.

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 TV live streaming support:

  • Broadcast gameplay on Twitch.TV through Xbox LIVE (When the updated Twitch app ships next week.)
  • Voice support for starting and ending broadcast

Bringing out social in home:

  • 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 and 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

You can check out these new features in an official video released by Microsoft (embedded above). Enjoy your new features, and let us know what you think!

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