If you’re one of the lucky Xbox One users who was invited to preview upcoming updates, the April firmware update should now be available for you to check out. Additionally, more players are being invited to participate.
Microsoft’s official message about the preview explains some of the new features coming in April:
- Game and app saves and updates: A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
- Friends improvements: Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
- Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
It sounds like some good changes are being made. Although there is still no support for external hard drives, Microsoft says they haven’t forgotten about it, so we can hope for more news on that in a future update.
If you’ve gotten a chance to preview April’s update, let us know what you think.