Xbox One's Next Update Now Live for Preview Members--With Some Unannounced Features

The new Friends section, media player, and redesigned party app are all now available to some Xbox One owners.

The Xbox One's next system update is now live for those enrolled in Microsoft's preview program, providing access to many of the features announced earlier this week at Gamescom. As an extra surprise, some previously unannounced--if somewhat minor--features are also included in today's update.

This update adds major new features like the Media Player app and a new friends area. It also includes a redesigned Party app that makes it easier to see what everyone in the party is doing, and gives control to one person who can remove party members and dictate whether people need an invite to join.

There are other, smaller features added in this update that Microsoft didn't mention earlier this week when it previewed some of the features being added in the next few months. These include a way to save your Avatar gamerpic to your OneDrive account, a tool for tracking your Xbox One's bandwidth usage, and new options to "help you manage your controllers and accessories." One addition I'm particularly thankful for is a way to delete multiple Game DVR clips at once, which should be a real help when trying to clear out all of those automatically recorded Peggle 2 highlights I've been amassing.

If you're enrolled in the preview program that provides early access to Xbox One system updates, you'll be able to download this update now. Microsoft has yet to say when many of these features will be made available to all Xbox One owners, but we do know an update is coming for everyone this month that will include an enhanced activity feed and 3D Blu-ray movie support, among other things.

The previously unannounced features in today's update are listed below; check out our story on the original announcement for details on the others.

  • Redesigned parties -- Makes it easier to see who is playing what, to see whether others are in the same game as you, and to do common tasks like joining, inviting, or muting someone. Also adds the party-leader designation, allowing that person to remove others from the party and decide if an invite is needed to join.
  • "Xbox On" expansion -- The ability to turn the system on with the "Xbox On" voice command expands to new countries, including Australia, Canada (in French), Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.
  • Multiple Game DVR deletes -- Delete multiple clips at a time in the Upload app.
  • Save Avatar gamerpics -- Love the way your Avatar looks in your gamerpic? Save it to your OneDrive so that you can make it your Twitter icon, print it out and frame it, or whatever else you feel like doing.
  • Settings update -- The location of the Instant Sign-In option is being moved, and new, unspecified options for "manag[ing] your controllers and accessories" are being added.
  • Bandwidth usage -- See how much bandwidth your console has been using from the Network Settings area.
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Discussion

144 comments
Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

How about Language options outside one's native country!?!?!

edward5667
edward5667

The preview program is really cool and MS is doing an exceptional job.

scottyost23
scottyost23

I'm going to buy an Xbox one today and I watch movies on my Xbox 360 everyday if someone could plz send me an invite, that would be very kind and helpful

Gamer tag: Scott Yost

scottyost23
scottyost23

If someone could plz den me an invite gamer tag is Scott Yost thx

kirabaka
kirabaka

can I get an invite for preview please, thanks! gamertag is 


a faded pariah

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

i got an update today but i dont have the media player doest that mean im not part of the preview. 

andres117
andres117

Can someone send me the preview program please my gamer tag is

xNightWingx117x

xfridaddyx
xfridaddyx

Would some one send me an invite to the preview program please. Gamer tag is xFridaddyx

jesslee099
jesslee099

so what's the con in joining the preview?

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

What video codecs does the multimedia player support. Besides MP4 does it support AVI and .mkv yet?

dexter-404
dexter-404

awesome can't wait for the updates this is going to make the xb1 even better than it already is.


oh and ps4 FANBOYS which most of you users are please stay away fanboys okay


mmartinez659
mmartinez659

I am so stoked for the new updates. Would someone be so kind and send me an invite to the preview program. I would really appreciate it. Gamer tag is theduder87

isshiah
isshiah

Well alright, then. 


How about that local sports teams, eh?

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

i love my xb1, thx god i bought it instead of Ps4 

deathcon4
deathcon4

All you people that go onto Sony articles and bash them saying Xbox is better or vice-versa really need to go outside and breathe in some fresh air. How sad of a life must you lead to be a fanboy for a game console lol.


On topic: I like that the X1 is being updated so often albeit small things, when I do decide to get one I'm sure it will have a lot to offer.

godslayer61
godslayer61

@andres117 send me a friend invite my tag is godslayer1975 and then I will be able to invite you,  just remember it's beta so there are problems like the 1404 patch made a lot of gamers have to do a hard reset to just change disks. 

fearthedaemon
fearthedaemon

@jesslee099 Con?

You just get to preview updates before the general public and give feedback on all new updates, tweaks and features..


You don't even have to give feedback at all..But this new update is pretty good has a hole bunch more new features!

xfridaddyx
xfridaddyx

Send xfridaddyx an invite please

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@jenovaschilld According to Major Nelson, it's the following codecs (not just video):

Xbox One compatible file types:

  • 3gp audio
  • 3gp video
  • 3gp2
  • aac
  • adts
  • animated gif
  • asf
  • avi divx
  • avi dv
  • avi uncompressed
  • avi xvid
  • bmp
  • jpg
  • gif
  • h264 avchd
  • mjpeg
  • mkv
  • mov
  • mp3
  • mpeg 1 ps
  • mpeg 2
  • mpeg 2 hd
  • mpeg 2 ts
  • mpeg 4 h264 aac
  • mpeg 4 sp
  • png
  • tiff
  • wav
  • wma
  • wma lossless
  • wma pro
  • wma voice
  • wmv
  • wmv hd

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@isshiah Referee was an idiota.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@samus_my_life  I love my PS4, I am so happy to join the 10+ million people with commons sense then a company that has CEO's that want to sell my console off, force me to accept and buy a doorstop for 100 dollars more only to tell me I hadn't need to. Dumb enough to make a console with two different types of ram so to choke their own console. One that back peddles on things said and have either exclusives that could run fine on a 360 unless they buy out a third part to have their game exclusively all of 2015. Not to mention if you get a PC every one of their exclusives except for Mater Chef Collection will also be released on PC making the console pretty worthless. But least you have that one time stopping game that actually looks next gen- that will be out a year or so more after the console came out..


You just hug onto your console tightly.


rasterror
rasterror

I'm glad I used my money I set aside for a PS4 to buy 2 760 GTX cards for my PC. Now I have an even better gaming PC, my Xbox One, and a Wii U.

savvylassgamer
savvylassgamer

@deathcon4 

It's pretty much retaliation from the CONSTANT pestering of the PS goons. FINALLY actually there's people doing the opposite. It's been months and months and months of the same idiotic PS fanboys hogging up every damn thread, and finally they're being put in their place, they were like super dumb to begin with so it's not like it's hard, they just had sheer number on their side.

They'll tell you they've been fighting their imaginary enemies this entire time and Xbox players have always been as bad and whatever other bull crap they can think of to make things seem how they want to, this is key, this is their entire purpose, that and they don't stop talking.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

Attn. Kingaurd, sonyonly4, Kane, Rorytmeadows, eternal_napalm, pnova,

godslayer61
godslayer61

@fearthedaemon @jesslee099 the down side is when there bugs like the 1404 update it made a lot of consoles need a hard reset every time you changed the  disk and it took 2 weeks to fix so once in a while there are issues. 

coop3422
coop3422

@_Silent_Jay_ @jenovaschilld Finally, .264. I don't have to look for .avi files and can download HD. Honestly, this, and NHL Gamecenter Live were the only updates I wanted. 

rasterror
rasterror

At least the investors aren't looking to fire their CEO because he keeps losing the company billions. I guess Sony ran out of headquarters so Kaz ran out of ideas on how to make money

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

2 things,

1, he just said he glad he bought it over ps4, was your rant necessary?

2, there's ppl out there, like me, that use their pc for certain game's, like builders, strategy, mmos, and other type games on console. Theirs a market out there of people that don't want a pc, period.

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

That's a beefy PC! My card needs upgrading :(

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@rasterror LOL If you have a Powerful Gaming PC The Xbox One is pretty much a paperweight you should trade it in and get a PS4 At least PS4 actually has Exclusive games.

rasterror
rasterror

Thanks. I can game in 2K now. Skyrim with mods looks absolutely amazing.

rasterror
rasterror

And those exclusives aren't coming out any time soon. There has only been one decent exclusive, Second Son, and that wasn't even that good when compared to the amazing games in the series before. And knowing Sony's track record as of lately they'll probably get delayed. As for me so far I have Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, and MCC to look forward to this holiday season. Now before you say Horizon 2 is on the 360 the Xbox One is vastly superior. It's like saying the V10 in a Dodge RAM is the same as the V10 in the Dodge Viper. What do you have to look forward to? A racing game that's greatly overshadowed by the competition? Why did they even delay the game? With only 55 cars and a handful of tracks it's not like they added much content. And then there's LBP3. I love the series and I can't wait to get it. On my PS3. And I doubt there are gonna be any major differences. Now while you wait for greatness I've already been playing it.

I'm glad you enjoy your ps4 and I'm glad that it suits you perfectly. But don't act like a twit and disrespect someone for their console purchase.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@sonyonly4 @rasterror  Yeah except for what? Master Chef Collection? So far everything so called exclusive for the One goes to PC. Who the hell want something on the One if you have a PC already powerful enough to run better? They don't give anyone a real reason to own an Xbox One outside just being a die hard fan.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

Aww look it's a ponie laughing at other people's choices because he doesn't agree to them....

Wait, Wait, sorry, I don't want to see you cry again. Sorry.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

Says the guy who bashed him for just saying,he's glad he go a x1...says the guy who only spouts negativity on here.....hypocrite much?

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

Yeah. I just beefed up mine CPU, SSD, Mother board and ram. Just the card left.

savvylassgamer
savvylassgamer

@rasterror 

The funny thing is Xbox has games coming out this year, next year, the year after that etc.

PS doesn't have crap coming out so they have to talk about their long term goals for the next 3 years to make themselves sound relevant.

Of course their goals for the next 3 years make it sound like they have a lot happening, that's a big time frame, but if Xbox were to do the same, it would be ridiculous how much more they have going on than the PS. Naw, save those games coming out next year, for next years mind blowing E3... obvs.

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

You know what's strange is how long they waited to announce MCC.

I probably would have bought an xb1 instead of second ps4 if I had know. The massive maps and huge amount of content is nice.

I'm not into racing games so forza at launch and coming does little. Sunset does seems like infamous 2 with wacky stupid fun mixed in.

I bought two ps4s to play games with my son while only needing to buy one copy before people say I'm stupid per usual. Everyone has different personal wants.

savvylassgamer
savvylassgamer

@Kinguard73 @sonyonly4 @rasterror 

I prefer like every single game on the Xbox One to the PC...

You're just trying to make it sound like NOONE does to talk crap, it's what you people do..

Do you think anyone comes on this website any more and isn't prepared to be met with your absolute ridiculousness? You're useless, you have been for ages.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@_williamwallace  Sorry. Tears flow freely when laughing. The 10 million of us apologize while stifling our chuckling.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

No, please don't consider yourself part of the 10 million, there's only a few people like you. some of us that have the ps4 don't have to act like you and Sonyonly just because people don't have your preferences.