Xbox One will fix "harder to use" social features in incoming update

"The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid," says Xbox executive Marc Whitten.

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Sorting out the Xbox One's tricky social functions will be the priority focus of the console's first major update, Microsoft has revealed.

Speaking to Engadget at CES 2014, Xbox executive Marc Whitten explained the incoming update. "The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you're gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we're going to fix those things."

Many of the Xbox One's social functions--achievements, friends lists, and, crucially, the party system--have been split into separate applications on the new console, as opposed to being baked in to the OS as they had been previously with the Xbox 360. While this allows for a clean and elegant interface, many users have reported that it makes using the social features cumbersome and fiddly.

"As a person who's been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it's harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren't right, and I don't like the model," continued Whitten.

"So what I'm trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up. Let's take an update and really go through a big list of what we're hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete. I think that's a theme you'll really see us push on--that Live experience."

Elsewhere in the interview, Whitten suggested that the ability to stream gameplay from the Xbox One might be a little ways off and that the company would talk more about the function at E3 2014.

This week Microsoft also announced that it sold 3 million Xbox One consoles in 2013.

Discussion

86 comments
elhombremolleto
elhombremolleto

I love the xbox one. I think it would be cool however if you could change your dashboard color to a picture or solid color

kingisaactheiv
kingisaactheiv

One of the most annoying features is having to sign in every time you turn the system on. You should be able to auto-sign in like on Xbox 360.

kidnatural
kidnatural

Well, this is good news. A few things I hope for:


-Ability to send/receive voice messages


-Ability to send picture messages to Friends and Followers


-Ability to receive picture messages from Friends - receipt from Followers optional


-Ability to invite players to matches manually 

  •  The "automatic" 'Party' game/match invite feature in place currently is unacceptable--unnecessarily cumbersome


-Ability to run some form of Task Manager interface

    •  I'm not sure why, but my console's snap performance has taken a hit in the ~60 hours I've put into the console


-Achievements can stop taking me out of the game


-Marked "Favorite" friends should be on a "Speed Dial" for party invites

    •  This feature should also allow the user to say "Xbox invite favorite two to party" allowing the console to do the work while you play


-Ability to quick record more than 30 seconds of footage


-Ability to disable auto footage recording

    •  This feature is only bypassed if a game's mechanics require it (i.e. examing footage to solve puzzles). I really don't need to see a recording of every touchdown in Madden. 


-Ability to take screenshots both in and out of games

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

So many morons in these comments. Ohhhhh so many.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

They should also fix the Kinect. It's unresponsive with voice commands, and the gestures are useless. 

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

To put it simply this system was not ready for a USA Nov 22nd Launch..  I turned out to be a consumer who spent hundreds of dollars to be a XB1 launch beta tester..  So much wrong with the OS, Soundboard and their followup fixes

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

look forward to playing my dead rising 3 crimson dragon and quantum break when that comes out when i get my x1

gtron8
gtron8

i like xbox one. i don't mind helping to make it better by suggesting improvements. i think that's common when being an early adopter. small price to pay to be a boss. 


i don't think the first flying car will be perfect but damn it, i'll want one right away. 

long story short, constructive criticism helps improve technology rather than just crying and typing gibberish. 

StHapns247
StHapns247

How about Dolby Digital encoding? Ya know, DOLBY DIGITAL ENCODING!

themc_7
themc_7

I'm hating my Xbox One. I just moved to a new house and haven't hooked up internet yet. Without internet, it's pretty much a brick. Can't see my pins, achievements, and various other features. I am unable to play BF4's offline campaign. It's pretty annoying how much you can't do without internet, considering MS said internet is not required to use the system.

noandno
noandno

They read all the feedbacks but instead of making a Kinectless Xbone, they're doing this?

Pupchu
Pupchu

This is concrete proof and irrefutable statement of Xbone's supperiority.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Works fine as is, you just need to give it a chance and understand the new system, it's an adjustment.... people are so quick to complain the instant they are outside their usual comfort zone.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

I'm glad Microsoft is listening,  I went from the 360 where 9 times out of 10 i'd check the achievement I just unlocked... to One where I've looked up 3 achievements, and every time reminded myself as to why I don't look up achievements anymore....I really hope they compress it down into a small snap-feed rather than a mandatory full screen application.


Also "Xbox Snap Activity Feed" is a good command, brings up access to "Favorite" friends without interrupting the game etc - however, you can't invite your friend to the party from the menu!


You can view his profile etc... then invite them, but we're back to square one again.

Also, Friends list doesn't up date in real time either, I often go to the friends list & wait for my friend to come online to invite him to party.... then I usually get an invite from him cause the list hasn't updated, if you go out & come back if updates.


Can't wait to see what this update does, just a couple of minor changes will improve it dramatically.

19James89
19James89

Good for Xbox One users, I like the fact that Microsoft is committed to improving the features and functionality of the Xbox One. I hope it goes on to be the second best selling console after the Wii U.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

That's good and I like Microsoft's long term commitment of improving their software. I really wish Sony does this time around as well, over the course of the PS3 generation they hardly did any drastic updates or added features instead of plugging some holes so no can pirate.


As for my PS4, I want them to sort out the what's new feed, it's a total mess. They need to organize that information properly.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

As a 360 owner and fan, why the hell did they breakup the achievements from your profile and friend list? WTH????????

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

 Stop arguing about Xbone vs PS4 vs PC!! OUYA 2 is coming soon and the rest of the platforms can eat it's dust! OUYA 2 FTW!!

berserker66666
berserker66666

Microscam will fix harder to use social features like Xbone sprouting "Sticky White Stuff"

sanchango
sanchango

@Grenadeh but on the bright side, there are a few special gems within the sea of moronic comments! 

brikkie
brikkie

@g0ldenpr0pet use it more!
put ur headphones on and spend a gaming session using voice as much as u can, it learns gets better, my rear surround speakers confuse it a little still but its improving
...as for gestures, funny thing if my legs are crossed it cant track my fist, i have to sit neutral and i found i was mistakenly gesturing at the camera, it dosnt like being patronized like that, gesture to the TV like its not there.
Kinect can be your best friend if you spend a lil time setting it up right and understanding its kwirks

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

@g0ldenpr0pet It's strange, I'm seeing cases where folks have no problems at all and others like yourself. 

I count myself fortunate that it listens to me.

nicobott
nicobott

Weird. Because I just cut my internet and waiting for the new service to come and I already beat bf4 campaign and cod without being online. Also I bought KI before the cut and have all the characters so ive been playing with friends. Stop trying to make Xbox one look bad you sony drone.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@themc_7 So you can literally do everything offline except be social, yea, I noticed.

noandno
noandno

@themc_7 Are you going to admit that always-online future is terrible?

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@noandno Microsoft doesn't give a shit about your kinect whining when there are actual issues to fix with the system.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Pupchu You made a new word.

Supperiority. 

Noun.

The state of having consumed a superior evening meal.

brikkie
brikkie

@Alucard_Prime It's the hatefullness that makes it better, Im too placid to make the world a better place
Everyone please hate the lack of Dolby 5.1 more!  I need this for my turtlebeach headphones

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Alucard_Prime I don't have real complaints about the social aspects of the new UI but I do find the friends list annoying. I added someone the other day and instead of being alphabetical, it showed them in the first column. Kind of annoying as an organized OCD person but whatever.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@19James89i would like to nintendo and ms to be the top two as well because the both them consoles have an awesome games line up. i have wii u and am getting xbox one. but i think if it happen it would be xbox on top and wii u second. but there is to many sony trolls and brand loyalists to let the consoles with the best games win they blindly support the brand they like no matter what.

brikkie
brikkie

@Gamer_4_Fun Dont you like the 1-great-big-cronological-list-of-everything-you-ever-clicked-for-the-last-4-years layout?  i love that on my PS3 ... (not)

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Gamer_4_FunA filter on whats new for the PS4 would be a good start that allows the owner to choose what they want to see and what they don't.

ahztek666
ahztek666

@MAGIC-KINECT lol, Ouya 2 - because the Ouya had such impressive sales figures they just HAD to make another one.. hahahaha

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@berserker66666 That was user error. The graphics in Ryse are pretty spectacular, and if you're not wearing pants when you start the game up for the first time, things can get messy.

brikkie
brikkie

@sanchango @GrenadehThats what forums are all about soldier!  Sifting through the vomit to find that juicy chunk of ham =D ... mmmm ham

sanchango
sanchango

@TimberWolf_CLT @g0ldenpr0pet I'm one of the fortunate people, probably because I have almost no sounds playing in the background, so I could say "xbox on" (or other commands) with a very little effort

themc_7
themc_7

@nicobott fuck off, I'm not a Sony drone. I own a 360 and a One. Trying to install BF4, without internet fails the installation at 98%. I tried to play a DVD and it says this feature is not available at this time. Maybe it's an isolated incident, but my xbox is missing a lot of features without the internet. I'm seriously not trolling here.

themc_7
themc_7

@Grenadeh @themc_7 except be social? How about playing a local offline game? or playing a DVD?

I'd say that's a little more than just being social.

nicobott
nicobott

@noando that isnt a feature anymore I hope you know that

19James89
19James89

@jtthegame316@19James89The PS4 is a very good console, but I don't understand the hype surrounding it, as someone from Nvidia said that the PS4 is a low-end PC and he's right, but as a console it's a very accomplished console. That said I do wish games consoles focused less on "competing with PC's" which they can never do, even Nintendo knows this hence why their consoles actually feel like a console and I wish all this multimedia, streaming BS went away from console gaming. 


This is precisely why I'm in the middle of saving up for a Gaming PC. An entire system dedicated to one thing and one thing only: Gaming!

TevenxD
TevenxD

@FAIL_TR0LL @berserker66666 Graphics alone don't make a game and let's face it, Ryses gameplay was awful. You could have the best graphics possible on the hardware your playing on but isnt the whole point of a video game it's gameplay? Games with good graphics and terrible gameplay is like covering a piece of shit with sprinkles.  

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@sanchango @TimberWolf_CLT @g0ldenpr0pet I play videogames on a 24" <2ms monitor with a TV always on espn or science channel playing in the background. Some funny reactions by the kinect become less funny as time went on- had to turn it off permanently much like i did with the 360kinect. Mass effect 3 was kinda fun with kinect 360 though and rarely had issues.  

brikkie
brikkie

@themc_7 @nicobottI had this problem with PS3 GTA online, my internet is sketchy and has a noisy line so I raged and hated and got myself a G4 wireless thingy so my X1 was saved the hate, but yeah the system very green and incomplete but big updates and OS mods will come have faith (I predicted this and kept my PS3 so I been gaming away while my X1 sits quietly awaiting March releases)

PS Battlefield 4 was pretty bugged out while I had it, 98% install fail after id already had it running earlier and then it got an update

brikkie
brikkie

@19James89 Consoles are about the developer putting the time into software optimizations to get performance/quality instead of ME buying a new graphics card every 6 months and researching driver issues late at night, I got tired of playing that game so I switched to console.
I admit it's bitter-sweet, great when Crytek make a game @ 60fps with 3D and lightning fast controls that use tap/double-tap/hold and contextual controls ... not good when Ubisoft make a game with sound and framerate sync problems on top of sluggish controls that dont work unless you wait for the 'prompt' while getting shot at

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

I have no problem with ps 4 either but i just feel both ms and nintendo have better games on them and when it comes down to it i on go for what has the games i want to play on it. The media stuff i have no problem with as the consoles having these features don't stop me playing games. I mean my 360 does all the extra stuff it don't need to but gaming is still my main use of the system. The fact it can do all the extras don't stop me enjoying the games either. The hype for sony machines has happened since the ps 1 and most people are to blind to see past hype trains like this

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@TevenxD@FAIL_TR0LL@berserker66666 Have to agree on this one. Ryse is stunningly beautiful for a console game but other than that it was mediocre at the very best. A turd will always be a turd, no matter how many flowers you put in it.