New Xbox One Update Will Make Some Functionality 50 Percent Faster

Players can expect a "new level of speed and responsiveness," according to Microsoft's Mike Ybarra.

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The upcoming New Xbox One Experience update landing in November will make some system functionality up to 50 percent faster. That's according to Xbox engineering boss Mike Ybarra, who talked more about the upcoming update during an appearance on the latest episode of "Major Nelson Radio."

Ybarra said Microsoft tracks load time data for Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the New Xbox One Experience (available now to some testers), and in some cases, executing tasks is quite a bit faster. "Popular gaming features" will load up to 50 percent faster, but he didn't say which exactly these will be. But overall, Ybarra said fans can look forward to a "new level of speed and responsiveness."

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The New Xbox One Experience will be available to everyone in November. Also included with the update is backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 titles, a new Guide, a redesigned Home, and a new Community section. Ybarra also teased that the update will introduce new "accessibility" features to ensure that the Xbox One can appeal to the widest possible market. These features will be announced later.

For everything we know about the New Xbox One Experience so far, check out this post.

Also during the podcast, Ybarra talked about Windows 10's forthcoming integration with Xbox One. Bringing the OS to Xbox One is not as simple as you might think, he said, noting that it involved the team creating a highly customized version of Windows 10 built specifically for Xbox One. This is called OneCore.

"Windows 10 for desktop PCs has incredible momentum right now," Ybarra said. "We're going to bring all of that efficiency to Xbox One."

As of the end of August 10, Windows 10 had reached 75 million installs. Overall, Microsoft is aiming to hit 1 billion Windows 10 devices by 2018. In other recent Xbox/Windows news, a top Microsoft executive said the Xbox One is "literally a Windows device."

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    Orgodemir

    I almost bought the forza edition. Yes I held out this long. Well, I'm not now. I'll wait until this new version gets a decent bundle.

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    VakarianGirl

    @Orgodemir: Dude - this isn't a new Xbox One machine. It's just software. -_-

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    Orgodemir

    @VakarianGirl: There is a new Xone machine. This is a UI update, but I saw the new machine as I was going to buy the Forza Bundle.

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    xTheTrueSeekerx

    @Orgodemir: Its a UI update, all X1s new and old will receive it.

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    Mirimon78

    @xTheTrueSeekerx: no, only xbox ones connected to the intwrnet will. For some reason msft is still producing and shipping units that are useless without online initialization (and before you say something stupid like "who doesn't have internet", nearly 40% of Americans for example are without internet, in a nation where more than 76% of the population plays video games in some shape or form). Imo, THIS is something msft should have resolved long ago. Until they fix it imo they should be required to state that the product will not work until it initializes online on a larfe visable sticker or something. I have to inforn my customers of this when they consider this product for purchase lest I see them back returning an opened product.

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    masiisam

    @Mirimon78:...ohh god. If you're going to use stats then use them in context...freaking moron. UP TO 40% in "some American city's still don't have internet" is not the same as 40% of Americans don't have internet. The 40 percent in those city's are also attached to a household income of less than 20K a year. Do you really think those households can afford a a $400 system and games?

    Add in the fact you're asking your customers do they have internet is absurd..talk about out of touch with the gaming demographic.

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    Mirimon78

    @masiisam: no, in America, mostly rural regions...

    It's the right stat, you simply have the wrong context and made assumptions.

    You seem to be out of touch with reality.

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    Burriscold

    @Mirimon78: that statement though may be somewhat true is a foolish one none the less. EVERY console needs internet at some point, especially close to purchase! EVERY console needs system updates at whenever point. Because the X1 requires it for initial setup makes no difference. Someone who buys a PS4/WiiU is gonna need that same important SYSTEM update for that system or not be able to use it till you get internet.

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    Mirimon78

    @Burriscold: actually no... see, unlike an xb1 without internet, the ps4 can play movies and games, and firmware updates are on game disc. You can also take it a step further and have firmware updates mailed to you by disc, and the ps4 accepts patching out of the box via disc or usb. The wii u is the same in that it can do its job right out of the box sans internet. None of that works on an xb1 until it goes online first.

    That is a huge difference... one doesn’t work out of the box, the others do.

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    xTheTrueSeekerx

    @Mirimon78: You're wrong, there are no firmware update discs for PS4. And yes, you can update it with a USB drive, but guess what you'll need to download that update to putbon the drive? Yep, you guessed it, internet access.

    Sure it would have been great to work out of the box, but in the world we live in today EVERYTHING needs updates via the internet. PCs, smartphones, tablets, bluray/DVD players, TVs, etc. Why in the world do you expect consoles to fight the future? If you want the latest in technology, just get internet access because you're going to need it for everything.

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    Mirimon78

    @xTheTrueSeekerx: oh, and incase you need help updating your offline ps4, owners in North America can contact SCEA Consumer Services at (800) 345-7669 to request a Blu-ray activation disc that will be distributed via mail. This disc will mot only run day 1 patching for new offline ps4 consoles, but also patch to recent major firmware versions.

    Go ahead, give them a call, perhaps ask for a slice of humble pie.

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    xTheTrueSeekerx

    @Mirimon78: I should give them a call. But only to ask how many people actually request one. Because it is most likely an incredibly miniscule number. Besides, you miss the point again. Would you buy a PC without the intention of connecting it to the internet? Sure, it'll work, but you aren't using it to even half of it's potential therefore you're wasting your money. Same goes with consoles, Xbox One and Ps4 alike, maybe more so because you're missing out on patches for games that may have game breaking bugs. If income is the reason why someone doesn't have internet, then gaming is simply not the best hobby seeing how expensive a hobby it is at $400 a console and $60 a game.

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    Mirimon78

    @xTheTrueSeekerx: no, you missed the point, or rather, tried shofting when proven wrong yet again.

    *Xb1 is useless without internet

    *Ps4 works w/o internet

    *The ONLY way to patch xb1 to function is internet

    *ps4 can be patched at will without internet at all, with a fully functional usb storage device or via diac SENT BY SONY UPON REQUEST...

    You said no, and were yet again wrong because you drive head on wielding only beleif and imagination into a wall of fact.

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    xTheTrueSeekerx

    @Mirimon78: I never denied that the X1 needed Internet, I'm just telling you it doesn't matter. Current day consoles are built with the internet in mind, Xbox One especially. Using it with it is, like I said, a waste of money because you're not using it to its potential.

    And perhaps you don't remember, but the PS4 had a Day 1 patch that was needed in order to use the bluray drive for movies. And stop touting a mailed update disc as a solution, because its not. It's a last ditch option if there is absolutely no other way and rarely comes to that. What are you going to do, request a disc every time there's an update and then have to wait a week (at least) for it to arrive? Give me a break.

    Stop living in the past. A vast majority of homes have internet access with maybe short gaps of no service now and then.

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    Mirimon78

    @xTheTrueSeekerx: no, you did, loom at your own posts, or would you prefer to change the topic while ignoring everything that disproves you.

    Seems you are not at all in touch with the world, let alone your country. Imo, get out of the house, keave town, take a trip and go learn from others and about others, then come back and do a bit of research to onclude all the facts and try to ditch all that bias you have.

    Save some of that humble pie for later, it looks like you may need it.

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    xTheTrueSeekerx

    @Mirimon78: Yep, I sure didn't say that. Go ahead and show me a quote where I said the X1 doesn't need internet.

    And you tell me I need to "get in touch with my country" yet you have a terribly skewed view of it. Let me lay out the facts for you then. According to the US Census Bureau and World Bank, as of July 1st 2014, 86.75% of the population had internet access. And if you look at the trends from prior years, it has moat likely only increased since then. So instead of just telling me I'm ignoring facts, how about you actually provide a few and we'll go from there. How's that for "humble pie"?

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    Mirimon78

    @xTheTrueSeekerx: nono, literally the latest version of system patching (the major iterations) are on disc of notable games, just the same sony will send a disc free, you just have to ask.

    The same with usb, the reason is because it is a way to get patches for those in remote locations.. the user doesn't need the internet...

    And again... ps4 works out of the box, no net... xb1 DOES NOT...period, end of story. That is the big issue here.. something so simple that should be done before shipping to allow a larger potential customer base (not that it is selling as it is..)

    Everything can get updates, but they don't NEED updates... most of those on things like smart tv's are just more bloateare apps that any console/pc/tablet/av receiver etc already have.

    Go ahead, buy a new tv and turn it on... it work without internet? Yes, av receiver? Yes, phone? Yes, tablet, yes, bd player... YES...

    All of it works out of the box, except the xbox one....

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    theduckofdeath

    @Mirimon78: You may be right about XB1 updates, or PS4 updates, or both. I wouldn't know, because I've had "broadband" internet SINCE THE FRIGGIN' 90's! Come on -- how is this still an issue in the world?

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    Mirimon78

    @theduckofdeath: those that have tend towards a bad habit of forgetting those that do not, or assuming all others have it because you do.

    2/5 of Americans don't have it... globally many countries are without, while others just getting it get the benefit of knowledge and tested solutions with newer tech and practices. Iran, for example, is one of the fastest growing nations when it comes to internet population because they only got it recently.

    Internet is not a necessity, no matter how hard we as a society try to make it, it is still completely optional. Go back to before the ps1... how much internet did you need to game on??, gaming worked just fine for decades before internet, and still can.

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    Burriscold

    @Mirimon78: hmmm, never heard of firmware discs for console. If thats true. But you are right as I recall doing it for my PS3 with USB.

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    Mirimon78

    @Burriscold: as was the case with ps3, I would get new games and then revert to prior os version (was a fatboy) until I got a slim, then I never put another game in my fatboy (because I like the original ps3..)

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    Brgsteven

    @Orgodemir: bundle for what new version? It's an OS update every console will eventually get starting in November. If you buy your Xbox One Forza edition now then it will automatically update when the new dashboard is released.

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    Orgodemir

    @brgsteven: I meant the new Xbox that's coming out. It's supposedly faster, and it's in the hardware.

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    Orgodemir

    @Orgodemir: I was going to buy the forza bundle until I saw the new Xone. I know you guys have seen it too.

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    Mirimon78

    Xbox one now accepts payments 50% faster.

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    J0nathanRuss11

    @Mirimon78: God damn! Shit like this is why we need a like system!

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    EdwardNygma

    @Mirimon78: I laughed out loud at this one.

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    isshiah

    I would like my achievements to be viewable offline, just in case the modem decides to screw with me again.

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    mupet-man

    Took em long enough

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    Xanatos357

    I want a better way to view my games, not just 2 long tiled-based rows, and I also want the achievement app to be a WHOLE lot faster

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    Ripper_TV

    Soooo, 1.5 faster than snail's pace? I'm afraid I won't be able to process that...

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    Adam802

    New UI looks amazing

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    Messenger360p

    Why do they keep mentioning backwards compatibility, surely the whole point of current gen consoles is to play new games?

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    VH0515

    @Messenger360p: because people like playing old games. Its a big selling point.

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    tootsinmyguuts

    @vh0515: It hasn't been thus far.

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    VH0515

    @tootsinmyguuts: its mentioned in just about every article regarding Xbox

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    tootsinmyguuts

    @vh0515: Yet it hasn't done anything to sales. BC is a perk, not a selling point. Halo is a selling point.

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    StylesT

    It's not released yet duh

    @tootsinmyguuts:

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    tootsinmyguuts

    @stylest: It doesn't have to be, duh... You think once it's out all the sudden they'll sell like hot cakes? It's known about, it's been known about, and the hype for it has died already. People want new games, not BC.

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    xTheTrueSeekerx

    @tootsinmyguuts: Consumers in general aren't very forward thinking, they want what's great now not later. More importantly, the only people who know about BC right now are people who follow gaming news. More casual gamers won't know about it until they see ads and commercials during the holidays. And let's not forget that many people haven't yet upgraded from last gen, and they're going to wait until the feature is available before upgrading.

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    StylesT

    The most requested feature isn't wanted? Not the brightest pony in the stables are you

    @tootsinmyguuts:

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    kobyjordan7

    @tootsinmyguuts: Why the hell would people buy xbones now if the update is in November? Do you haters even think?