Xbox One August Update Detailed; New Friends Section of Home Screen Coming

New Facebook-style features, a way to turn off notifications while watching video, and more coming next month.

Microsoft today outlined the changes the Xbox One's August system update will introduce, as well as a new, still-in-development feature that will allow you to easily keep track of your friends.

Xbox One owners who have elected to receive updates early will find themselves with a new update to try out sometime next week. It includes an addition to the home screen you see when first booting up the console. By scrolling to the right, you'll see how many friends you have online, what they're doing, what games are popular among your friends, and a leaderboard tracking who's earned the most gamerscore (from unlocking achievements) in the last 30 days.

This addition will be available as an "extended preview," according to Xbox engineer team member Richard Irving. It will "stay in preview until our preview audience has given us the feedback and we've had a chance to digest and respond to it, so when it's generally available, it's exactly the way we want it.

Chief among the features being added in the August update that everyone will receive next month are new, Facebook-style options you'll have when viewing the redesigned activity feed. The feed has been condensed into a single column, and by highlighting any item, you'll be able to "like" it or comment on it. In the case of recorded game clips, you'll be able to share these videos in your activity feed or send them in a direct message to other Xbox Live users. Additionally, Xbox Live profiles will be updated with an activity feed showcasing what that person has been up to.

Also new is the ability to make purchases from Xbox.com and the SmartGlass app. Provided you have the proper options enabled--you'll need the 'Xbox on' and 'Automatically download updates and purchases' items checked in the system's Power & Startup settings--anything you buy when away from the console will be automatically downloaded to the system.

Other additions include a low battery notification for when your controller needs to be charged or its batteries need to be replaced, support for 3D Blu-rays, an option for disabling notifications when watching video (located in the Preferences area of the system's settings), and an indication of when friends were last online and what they were doing.

With this update, we're beginning to see features suggested through Xbox Feedback--the website launched last month allowing fans to submit and vote on ideas they want to see--implemented by Microsoft. Low battery notifications and 3D Blu-ray support are two ideas that have been among the top vote-getters on the site.

It's good to see Microsoft continue to roll out regular updates, especially considering how long we used to have to wait between major Xbox 360 updates. What do you make of these new features, and what would you still like to see added to the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments.

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Discussion

218 comments
themc_7
themc_7

In the above clip the show the xbox doing things faster than it actually does. My xbox seems to take a long time to navigate around. Going for a game, to the achievements page, friends list, etc is not lightning fast, it takes anywhere from 5-15 seconds. 

brunoxxx
brunoxxx

today is august  15 when  this update coming?

metalrain5335
metalrain5335

what happened to the voice messaging. bring that back as soon as possible it's so annoying to type everything you have to say

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

what I don't understand is when I bought my xboxone I was expecting to have all the features of xbox360 and new xboxone features but they seem to be adding more xbox360 features and alittle xboxone features I know some of the features on xbox360 were added later but xboxone is no excuse. and im still waiting on my screenshot feature

stickybun
stickybun

A good interface is getting better with every update. Seems like they are listening to feedback which is great. 

javenandy
javenandy

anyone have a problem with not being able to turn their controller off? ever since the last update I have to manual turn my controller off before the x box one or the light on my controller stays on. I also can not turn my x box one on by using the controller anymore. anyone have the same problem?

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

Nice, That's why i love MY XB1 more than my crap PS4 :( 

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Uuh why isn't 3D movie/game playback in the title?! This is big news!  Espicially snce it's first announcing it before the PS4. That'll help it sell consoles.

lawson_raider
lawson_raider

Bring Windows Media Extender capability to the Xbox One.  

bandit7319
bandit7319

YES! 3D BLU RAY! I can now get rid of my PS3!  Thjough I dunno if I'll want to.. I like being able to play my PS1, 2, and 3 games when I want to... aye.. but still, VERY happy to see this!  Now hopefully I'll also be able to stream NetFlix 3D!  I've been waiting for this damnit lol.  Though I haven't watched but one 3D movie in like the past 8 months or something... it's still nice to have the option when I want it.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

some of these features seem like ones that have been available for xbox live on xbox 360 for years

Epickman316
Epickman316

I'd like to see the ability to turn off the rumble feature universally.

shawnjohn
shawnjohn

Ps4 fans fell for the 1080p gag. Xb1 always did and will give so much more. I havent played ps4 so cant say nothing bad. But you gone have to tell me more than power and 1080p because im no spec nerd. Give me what i can use. Ill keep my xb1 for the features and online game play i trust. I use my ipad to change channels.

gmarkz
gmarkz

Mannn how bout getting some games Damn. I hate this age of super gaming system with no games.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/may-2013-microsoft-revealing-xbox-one-world-first-time-enhanced-kinect-app-snapping-house-content-development-cable-service-integration-now/#!bijb2L


Great article - No they are not laying off people in plans to drop their Xbox divsion, in fact the layoffs are just the opposite, so they can re-focus their Xbox brand on the one thing the Xbox360 did so well...Games. The don't need all these extra people because Xbox is no longer going to try to do 100 things at once and control the living room. It just wants to be an awesome gaming machine.


I know this is off topic but I just read it.


kahnseal
kahnseal

MAAAAAAAAAN, MP3, 3D BR, please don't be surprised if the xbox becomes backwards compatible. NOT a rental streaming service. Sony better PRAY that MS don't make xbox backwards compatible. If they do, its over.

buckeyes2587
buckeyes2587

I remember when someone said DVD is dead aand it"ds still alive. BluRay is better than you"re digital streaming BS and will continue to be strong.

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

I like how the interface looks like it's drawn by a retarded kindergardner.What happene to the awesome Xperience from the 360?

FastRobby
FastRobby

That title... "New Friends Section of Home Screen Coming", this isn't the biggest feature of the update, so why would you put it in the title? :s I would think remote download is much nicer feature, but maybe I'm just nitpicking...


HaVoK308
HaVoK308

When are they adding the ability to stream content (MP3, MP4, AVI, ect.) from your PC? You know, like you can on your 360 or PS3. Until the XB1 and PS4 add that functionality (which should be standard in my opinion) I will never use either console as much as MS and Sony would like me to.

hotwog21
hotwog21

ARE YOU SERIOUS!? YOU MEAN I STILL CANT TALK TO MY FRIENDS ON XBOX 360 AND ITS THE SAME NETWORK!!!


choke on your poor sales microsoft


new slogan


"Back Peddling Since Day One, Xbox One"


and u pretend to say your listening


give us a reason to buy your product

backward compatible with xbox 360 and xbox live arcade games

enable chat between xbox one and xbox 360

make xbox live gold free or make it at least standout or superior? eg reduce the lag!!!


then you might get back in the race

until then choke on your poor sales


Sony has become the new microsoft, balls in your court you arrogant punks.


FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@metalrain5335 I agree, however I would like them to release a chatpad for the controller. I don't want to put down my controller and pick up my smartglass device if I decide to send a text message. My 360 chatpad got (and still gets) tons of use from me.

themc_7
themc_7

@javenandy yes! This happens to me all the time. I'll hold the controller's power button to boot up, but the console doesn't come on. So I manually turn on the console and the controller works fine. When I'm done and I hold the controller's power button I navigate to "shut down console" (which usually powers down the console and the controller) however, just the console shuts off, the controller stays on. So then I have to pull the batteries to shut it off. weird.

themc_7
themc_7

@samus_my_life I haven't used the PS4 yet, but I have heard good things. I hated the PS3 home menu, it was weird.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@bandit7319 If you care about HD audio, you might want to hang onto your PS3 for a little while longer. I'm fairly certain X1 does not support Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio (although it does support Bistream and uncompressed audio).  I guess that depends on if you have a PS3 Slim or not, though. The Slim is the only PS3 that supports both of the formats I just mentioned. I guess my post is also moot if you are running uncompressed audio, or don't care about HD audio at all. In that case, you should be okay.

themc_7
themc_7

@gmarkz just give it another month, or 2. Pretty soon there are gonna be some many good next gen titles. Destiny, Far Cry 4, Assassins Creed Unity, Metal Gear, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon and more. And in 2015 you've got The Witcher, Batman Arkham Knight, Halo 5, The Division, Dying light,  Quantum Break and a bunch of indies.

stickybun
stickybun

@gmarkz I've been pretty busy so far playing some very solid games. Most of which are console exclusive.

oflow
oflow

@kahnseal Yeah Phil Spencer hinted at it the other day on Twitter, but I think it probably wont happen til Windows 9 drops.  They were talking about Happy Wars having cross-platform play with 360 when it comes to X1, and basically they might remaster a lot of the Live Arcade games and make them cross-platform with 360 too.

If the OS is uniform across all devices on the next Windows, Live will work across phones, tablets, pcs, the 360 and the X1.  Every game probably wont get redone, but all the chat, achievements etc should work between the consoles and a number of old favorites games will probably get cross-platform play.





KilltheFANBOYS
KilltheFANBOYS

@buckeyes2587 In areas like mine Blu-Ray aren't even as popular as the DVD's. Hell, Blu-ray hasn't even been properly established. I don't think Blu-Ray's will go away anytime soon because people like me always prefer to have movies and games in the hand than in the cloud or harddrive.

kingkoopa009
kingkoopa009

@HaVoK308 you can its called play to aka dlna, works on windows phone, windows 8 pcs and tablets

FastRobby
FastRobby

@HaVoK308 I can stream from my PC to the Xbox One... right mouse click file -> Play To Xbox One

You can't do this with the PS4, but that feature will come in 2015

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Why would Gold be free? Especially with the games added to the membership. PSN was free and was terrible.

You can message 360 friends from XB1. And since no games are compatible, why would party chat work?

Although, I do agree with backward compatibility. It would make a new console purchase an easier and a more comfortable transition. They'd also win support from gamers who might be jilted by Sony's membership option for it. Seriously, how does Sony not get more bad press for the Now service?

kahnseal
kahnseal

@hotwog21  You sound so stupid, the bridge is right over there, NOW JUMP.

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

I don't know if it's possible but if they pull it off it would be huge. I highly doubt it though.

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@console_war_vet @sonicblast19 This is just ugly.Going back to the 360 version,I remember how easy it was on Xperience to get to games or music and even the marketplace,now I have to go through 3 menus,so not that minimalist,let alone the XBOX One version and even the PS4 interface look like a mess.

HaVoK308
HaVoK308

@kingkoopa009  I have Windows 7 64.With the 360, you simply go to videos and select your PC, or you can use the extender in Windows Media Center. PS3 is just as simple. And those features are not dependent on Windows 8. An operating system I have no use for. But it's cool if you guys can do as you say. Although it's still not the kind of support I am looking for.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@themc_7 @FLEEBS @metalrain5335 That's another option, but again, I'd really like to not have to put down my controller if I can avoid it. Also, I don't have a good place to put a keyboard, and I'd prefer not to keep it in my lap.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Yes, why would it? You want to talk to friends on their XB1s - get an XB1.

kahnseal
kahnseal

@Sevenizz  Exactly, don't mind him. He's obviously a RE RE and doesn't understand that the communication tech in both systems are completely different. He doesn't even own a Xbox One either. Just a poor delusional wannabe GAMER who lurks sites to bash MS, but guess what, while you enjoy the 1 or 2 updates sony has released, Xbox fans can enjoy MONTH TO MONTH updates of the things we want. MS is really listening to their consumers and they are bringing the things we want, Yes it takes time ((COUGHS)) a MONTH, but they giving us what we want.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@themc_7 @FLEEBS @metalrain5335 Thanks, man! I appreciate you going through the trouble to let me know. This actually looks like a decent option, and I just may get one!