Microsoft will fix Xbox One party chat before Titanfall launch

Two Xbox One updates will introduce a new party chat system. Also: USB keyboards! Battery power indicator! Storage management!

Check out the new Xbox One battery power indicator at the bottom.

Microsoft has said it will release two firmware updates for the Xbox One in advance of Titanfall, promising to improve the system's features--including, crucially, party chat--in time for the launch of the anticipated multiplayer shooter.

The two updates are scheduled to arrive on February 11 and March 4.

With the February 11 update, users will finally be able to manage their hard drive space, alongside managing download queues and install order.

The February 11 update will also bring back an onscreen battery power indicator for controllers, and support for USB keyboards.

The March 4 update, meanwhile, will feature a new party and multiplayer system for the Xbox One, with Microsoft specifically saying that the update will optimize the Xbox One for the launch of Titanfall on March 11.

Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten says that these will be the "first of many announcements and sneak peeks at features in the system updates."

Many users have criticised the system UI of the Xbox One following the console's launch in November 2013, and Microsoft specifically pledged to improve the party system back in December. A group of canny fans originally launched a site called Xbox Feedback (now known as Player Feedback, which also includes similar sections for PS4 and Wii U) to collate areas that could be improved, with Microsoft saying that this information has been passed to the appropriate parties.

"We’ve been carefully listening to your feedback and look forward to delivering many new features that will make Xbox One even better. We’re just getting started and can’t wait to share more information in the coming weeks," Whitten added.

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138 comments
James Oakley
James Oakley

Theres still a consol war? Man, grow up guys. Were all sick of it now

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

That guy just goes around so many gaming pages on here and posts the same old shite, it's sad really.

Shane Fitzgerald
Shane Fitzgerald

that's the thing @ william, fan boys really miss out on other classics as they refuse to try them. imagine not playing n64 Goldeneye, mario64 or Zelda because you were just about Sony, imagine not playing Wipeout or Shadow of the Colossus cos you refused to buy Sony....you are missing out...and showing yourself up

Patrick Tuohy
Patrick Tuohy

You are about four months behind with that joke. Oh btw, did you hear the latest. Fanboys are wankers. Oh wait thats old news aswell

Tyler Dnap VanNeste
Tyler Dnap VanNeste

^ lol theres nothing to argue about a PC, but consoles I can listen to kids cry, and bitch all day about what one is better

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Guys if Zack Myers is annoying you just do the mature thing and block him, don't feed the troll yeah?

James Smith
James Smith

Agreed, it will be much easier now! Just need to make it easier to see achievements and then we're away! :p

Pete Migneault
Pete Migneault

At least XB users can login to their dashboard...sigh...

Cas Sanchez
Cas Sanchez

It goes to the dashboard when you say that, what's your point?

Patrick Tuohy
Patrick Tuohy

Fanboys are seriously the biggest bunch of tools in gaming. They are so moronic they don't realise how stupid they are

William Bargery
William Bargery

Dont u ever think ur missing out of other things? I mean my prefered console is a ps3 but i have a 360, snes, dreamcast, and wii u and there all great!

Lee Davis
Lee Davis

The guy has no life...plus he has deleted it now lol..

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

I dont want my hdd space filled with Titanfall crap as I will never touch it unless it gets a nice long offline single player mode. I dont want more crap apps taking up hdd space. Honestly if I can find a way to uninstall everything except the gaming parts of the xone without making it unusable I will as its all just taking up game space. Honestly microsoft should have given us choices if we want the crap or not and not force it on us.

Nolan Dowe
Nolan Dowe

Bryan still working out the kinks.

Leo Garcia
Leo Garcia

dont care...sony for life nuff said

Nathan Nandy Smith
Nathan Nandy Smith

Oh look its Zack Myers with the same pic we've seen on the last 100 posts

Chris Linscott
Chris Linscott

Thank god! The party system is a joke, and the battery power level should have been there from the start!

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

bring Facebook integration back… that's the major downside on X1 right now… PS4 sharing features are much better… really...

Tommi88
Tommi88

ps4 doenst even have youtube lol

andrerichards
andrerichards

Can't wait for this update to the XBrick One since Microsoft has such a great record with console updates. /s

Marky360
Marky360

I really think consoles being able to be updated like this is a double edge sword. On the one hand I like the fact that a consoles features can evolve over time it allows for it to have brand new features years after you purchased it also allows for the console manufacture to add or improve upon features based directly on user feedback which is great but the other side is the fact that with this lvl of upgradability these console don't seem to be quite finished when they release. They seem to be missing key or critical feature one would expect them to have at launch. I can only assume this is because console manufactures know they can just add the features in later so there in no hurry to rush the feature in there upon release. It really depends on how you look at it as to weather this ability to upgrade and improve modern day gaming consoles is a good thing.

DVONvX
DVONvX

Allow me to see when my friends log in. Don't know why that was taken away!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Support for:

Video Streaming, USB HDD, NAS (installing and running Digital Games to and from the device negating the internal HDD capacity)


would also greatly be appreciated : )


Oh and don't forget to optimise the Dev tools : )

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

That's a good start, now bring back the ability to play music in the background and most of my complaints will be sorted.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

What did I tell you guys? I was off on the date though.

Rick_Moni
Rick_Moni

Great news!!! I just completed TR with a 100%.

I don't know what all the fuzz 1080P/60FPS is about. I had a blast and game looked amazing, truly!

I already have Titanfall preordered and really want to get my hands on it ASAP.

By the way, I do hope they bring the online notifications back, that's one I'm still missing a lot.

On the other hand, does anyone know if outlast is already available on the PSN store?

I need something to play on my PS4.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

@DVONvX Because it actually was annoying to constantly get notifications left and right. I don't know about you but I have my friends list maxed out at 100.

adders99
adders99

@thenephariouson  yeah the usb HDD thing would be awesome... I could go get a portable 2TB hdd and plug it in... quick and simple!


wallacom
wallacom

@mickyfinn84  Play your game. Snap on xbox music player. Hit the X botton on your control. From your home screen go back to the game.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Uh, logically you would have gotten your money's worth by getting the PS4 version. A fool and his money.

Marky360
Marky360

PYSCHOV3N0M

Yea but you could turn the notifications off on the 360 if you didn't want them so there was still no reason to get rid of the feature completely.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

@wallacom @mickyfinn84  Thanks, but I can only get it to play while it is snapped and even then every time a song finishes the xbox pauses my game and switches back to the music app. I want to be able to stream a playlist of music uninterrupted from my pc like it was so simple to do on the x360. Even the original xbox could play music in the background. 

Rick_Moni
Rick_Moni

Sorry, I only got the PS4 for exclusives. Preferently those that don't start with "K".

Have a nice day. :-)

Rick_Moni
Rick_Moni

Hi, is Tomb Raider, the definitive edition. If you didn't play it on the previous gen, I really recommend it to you.

It plays and looks gorgeous.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

@Rick_Moni said "English is not my mother's language"

then what is your father's language? :)    (Don't answer just messing with you. Glad you enjoyed Lara Croft)

Rick_Moni
Rick_Moni

Sorry if I wrote something wrong. I'm posting from my phone and English is not my mother's language.

I meant about how people are making that 1080P/60FPS issue to relevant.

To me is all about the fun.