The Next Xbox One Update is Planned

March 5, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Xbox One’s March update just came out, and Microsoft is already working on the next one. According to Microsoft’s Marc Whitten, this future update will include support for external hard drives and improved friend notifications.

Microsoft plans to have regular updates for the Xbox One, to make sure it is always the best it can be.

It seems as though Microsoft is listening to fan feedback and adjusting the system accordingly, which is great to see. Are there any other improvements you would like to see made to the Xbox One?

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March Xbox One Update Arrives

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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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March Xbox One Update: Social Features and Twitch Support

February 25, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you’re an Xbox One owner, you’ve got a lot to look forward to in March. First of all, there’s Titanfall, which we learn more details about every day, and Microsoft is releasing a major update before the game launches.

The update will work out some difficulties with the friend system and bring back popular Xbox 360 features, such as the ability to see people you’ve played games with recently, quickly invite your friends to join you in multiplayer games, and use party chat by default when you create a party. Fans have been asking for these changes, so we’re pleased to report that they’re not far off.

It will also be easier to use the interface, with a clear distinction between players in the same game and chats across games, as well as a message shortcut menu, a quicker way to access friends’ statuses, and the ability to mark certain friends as favorites.

Finally, another feature fans have been anxious for will also come with this update—Twitch integration. Fans have wanted to broadcast their gameplay to for a while now, especially since broadcasting was supposed to be one of the key features of the Xbox One, but it was delayed until now. Twitch is a highly popular service, with 45 million people visiting the site each month.

Using Twitch on the Xbox One is planned to be more advanced than it is on the PS4, and has been described as “complete integration” by Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. We don’t have all the details, but Microsoft has said you’ll be able to archive your streams right from your Xbox One, and watch streams from all sources, both of which you can’t do from your PS4. Basically, this is going to be a full Twitch experience.

Well, things are looking good for the Xbox One, and we’re pretty sure it isn’t a coincidence that the update for the Twitch app formally launches on March 11, the same date as Titanfall. This entire update is intended to polish things up for the highly-anticipated multiplayer game, and you can bet Twitch will be overloaded with Titanfall broadcasts as soon as possible. If you have an Xbox One, are you going to use Twitch? If you don’t have one, does this make you more inclined to get one? Check out the official videos for the new interface and Twitch integration, and let us know.

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Lucky Xbox One Users Can Preview the Next Update

February 20, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Last week, we told you about some of the new features and changes Microsoft plans to implement on the Xbox One. Now, you can become a part of the process.

Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced today that Microsoft is going to turn to the community for help ensuring the Xbox One experience is the best that it can be. Certain members will receive an invitation on Xbox Live with a code they can use to register for the ability to test out upcoming Xbox One features and provide Microsoft with feedback. In addition to accessing the new features and updates, participants will communicate with Microsoft on a private forum, to share their thoughts and ideas.

He didn’t give any details on how members will be chosen, so we assume it’s by chance. If you’re one of the lucky chosen users, and you change your mind after you try it, you can opt out.

This sounds like a great idea for Microsoft, sort of a beta test for the Xbox One. It’s always nice when fans can preview features before they are released to the public. Are you hoping to be chosen? Some players claim to have already received their invitations, so check Xbox Live and see if you have one!

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February Xbox One Update Now Available

February 14, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


According to a new blog post by Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the February update for the Xbox One is now available.

This is the update we told you about previously, which will give you an on-screen battery indicator for your controller (and if you press the Xbox button, you can see the indicator in the lower right-hand corner of the screen), enable the use of USB keyboards with the Xbox One, and update storage management. You’ll be able to see how much of your storage space is in use, control your installation and download queues, and work with separate lists for games and apps.

If you keep your Xbox One in the low-power state that allows you to turn it on when you say, “Xbox On,” it will find the update and download it when you turn it off. Other players will have to download it as usual.

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Xbox One Update Includes Battery Indicator and Storage Management

February 5, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


We’re pleased to report that the next Xbox One update has been announced for February 11, and it will bring with it two features players have been asking for—the battery life indicator for the controller and the ability to see how much hard drive storage your games and apps are using. We aren’t sure why Microsoft thought it was a good idea to hide these two pieces of information in the first place, but at least they’ve realized their mistake.

According to Microsoft, the update will also implement separate lists and queues for games and apps, improve players’ management of download/installation queues, and introduce support for USB keyboards.

Marc Whitten, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, added that it will include further updates for developers and improve the stability and the Kinect’s voice command recognition feature. He also said it would bring “several new features Xbox fans will love,” but didn’t go into any more details. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more about these features.

Additionally, another update is scheduled for March 4 to prepare the Xbox One for the arrival of Titanfall by fixing issues with the multiplayer and party system. Due to Titanfall’s multiplayer focus, we hope it works as well as they intend.

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PS4 Update 1.6 Brings Improvements and Headset Support

February 4, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment

We previously heard some rumors about the firmware update 1.6 for the PlayStation 4, and now it’s a reality. This new update improves the quality of the console’s DVD playback, provides support for wireless headsets, and allows players to mute the PlayStation Camera microphone.


It’s great to see the new update out so soon, especially since it brings some features we’ve been looking forward to. Most players will probably update their PS4 by downloading it straight to the console, but if your PS4 isn’t connected to the Internet, you can use a disc or your computer to get the update file to the console.

To learn about the safest methods of updating your PS4 console read our guide.

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First Xbox One system update rolling out

December 10, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Microsoft has now released the first Xbox One system update and given that the process for updating differs a little to that of the Xbox 360, Major Nelson thought he’d give everyone a heads up on how things will work. Basically there are two ways it could play out depending on whether you’re using the Xbox One’s “Instant On” feature or not.

If you are, then your console will automatically check for updates when you turn it off. So given that the update has been released, your console should have started to automatically download the update. Once it’s finished, then the console should power off completely. Then when you turn it on (note the “Xbox On” voice command won’t work), it will begin to install the update and reboot a few times. After that you should be set.

If you don’t use “Instant On” then you’ll have to wait until Thursday at 2am PT to download and apply the update manually. So if you want it early, then enable “Instant On”.

All that said, we’re guessing you wanna know what the heck this update does right? Without further ado the update…

  1. Addresses SmartGlass issues for some users when coming in and out of connected standby
  2. Addresses multiplayer issues for some users when re-joining games
  3. Addresses issues with inconsistent notifications for some users
  4. Addresses dashboard performance for some users
  5. Offers improvements for Xbox One’s TV, system update, and content update services for scaling over time
  6. Updated wireless networking driver to improve connectivity issues for some users

Major Nelson also said that Microsoft are actively monitoring users’ requests for features and will look to implement them where appropriate.

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Video: 20 things you need to know about the PS4

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Sony has released an official “20 things you need to know about the PS4” video that well, tells you about 20 useful PS4 features that will hopefully make your gaming experience on the console that much more enjoyable.

The video covers everything from entering text ultra quick (always good to know) to how to show your real name on the Playstation Network (should you wish).

Anyway, if you own a Playstation 4 the video is a must to watch. With 20 helpful hints you are pretty much guaranteed to learn something new!

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Playstation 4 system hints, tips and tricks

November 18, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


As shiny new PlayStation 4 consoles slowly but surely make their way to more and more gamers’ homes (mostly without issues) certain sometimes undocumented shortcuts, tricks and other hints and tips for making the most of the system are being discovered. We compiled a nice little list of those tips directly below.

  • Additional AV options: For additional options, you can press the PS button. This will open a menu from which you can adjust the volume for your television speakers or controller speaker, manage your devices, etc. You can alter the system’s audio settings, as well, and control which types of audio it sends to the headset jack.
  • Delete user profiles: If you need to delete a user profile, go to “Settings” and then to “Initialization.” One of the options is “Delete User.”
  • Download progress: If you are downloading a game/app and want to know how much still needs to be downloaded, go to “Notifications,” then to “Downloads,” or go to “Settings,” then to “System Storage Management,” and then to “Applications.” Choose the game/app in question to find out.
  • DualShock 4 charging: While you charge your DualShock 4 controller, its light will pulse. As its charge gets closer to completion, the pulsing will slow.
  • Gyro keyboard controls: When you use the onscreen keyboard, you can switch to gyro controls by pressing R3.
  • Playstation App: If you have the mobile PlayStation App, you can use it to navigate the PS4’s dashboard and menus or use it as a keyboard.
  • Primary system: If one account with PS+ has a PS4 system set as its primary system (which can be changed by going to “Settings,” followed by “PSN,” and then selecting “Activate as Your Primary PS4), all other accounts on that same system (up to 16) will be able to play online.
  • Recording and streaming: If you want to alter your settings for recording and streaming, you can find those options under “Share Settings” options.
  • Screenshots: If you would prefer to be able to take a screenshot by simply pressing the Share button, press the Share button to open the Share Menu. Select “Options” and then “Share Settings.” From there, go to “Share Button Control Type.” Choose “Easy Screenshots.” This will swap the two functions, so that pressing the Share button will take a screenshot and holding it will open the menu.
  • Start video recording: If you double-tap the Share button, you will start a video recording.
  • Suspended games: If you are playing a game and then you start up Netflix, your game will be suspended instead of shut down. When you are ready, you can go right back to playing it.
  • Switch apps: Double-tap the PS Home button to swap from the game/app you are currently in to the one you last used.
  • View original resolution: If you look at an image sent through Twitter, you can alter the resolution to view it in its original form. Just expand the image, copy the URL, and then change the part of the URL that says “large” to “orig” to see its original resolution.
  • Voice commands: If you want to use either the microphone or the camera to navigate the system through voice controls, either press L2 or go to the dashboard and say “PlayStation.” Voice commands will then be activated. (For example, after you press L2 or say “PlayStation” at the dashboard, you could say “Knack” to go to Knack and then “Start” to begin playing it.)
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