Next Xbox One Update Includes Cortana Support, Game Collection Changes, and More

Preview Program members can start testing the update later this week.

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Microsoft today announced specifics about what's in the next update for the Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10 PCs. One of the biggest new features is the introduction of Cortana, which is Microsoft's Siri-like digital assistant based on the Halo character of the same name.

Voice commands for Cortana will work by way of headsets and Kinect. You can ask her to help you find new games, check out what your friends are doing, or start a party, among other things. When the update goes live, you will be able to say "Hey Cortana" to get started or navigate to the app itself.

Xbox One owners may also be happy to learn that the new update will change the Game Collection interface with the aim of making it "faster and easier" to find and launch games. With the update applied, you will be able to see more of your Game Collection and have quicker access to the "Ready to Install" tab.

These are just two of the new features coming with the update. Below is a rundown of everything else it adds and changes, with descriptions courtesy of Microsoft.

This update is expected to launch later this week for Xbox One Preview Program members and best testers on PC. A release for everyone else will follow later, sometime in the summer, which officially begins on June 20.

There will be a second update coming out this summer, too, Xbox engineering boss Mike Ybarra said on the Xbox Wire. This one could be the Anniversary update that includes background music support and turns every Xbox One into a development kit.

Because Microsoft is focusing "all [its] efforts on the next two updates," there will not be a new update coming out in the future on the typical monthly schedule, Ybarra said.

For a closer look at the latest Xbox One update, check out the official patch notes below, as well as the video above. There is also a gallery of images embedded in this post that showcase some of the new features and more.

Xbox One/PC Update Details:

Facebook Friend Finder on Xbox One: Facebook Friend Finder is expanding from the Xbox app to Xbox One and is a great way to find and add your Facebook friends on Xbox. As more gamers link their Facebook and Xbox Live accounts, you’ll start seeing more suggestions for Facebook friends to add and game with on Xbox Live.

Improved sharing on Xbox One: We've made it easier to share your screenshots, GameDVR clips, and achievements on Xbox One. Gamers can now share their most epic clips and captures with the community in fewer steps.

More personal Activity Feed: Being able to choose what’s posted to your Activity Feed across Xbox One and the Xbox app is a big fan-requested feature. With the new settings, you can now decide what will get automatically shared to your feed. You can now also craft the perfect Activity Feed posts. At the top of your Activity Feed, easily access and choose from recently unlocked achievements and captures, preview what your post would look like, and then share your greatest gaming moments.

Xbox and Windows Store convergence: We're starting to combine the best of the Xbox Store and Windows Store to give gamers a single cohesive experience across their devices. On Xbox One, we've streamlined the shopping experience to help you find the games you love faster and at the best prices. You'll be able to filter, browse and search results by genre, read reviews written by fellow gamers--including those voted 'most helpful' by the Xbox Live community, easily recognize what titles are on sale with strikethrough pricing in lists, and more. We've also added several new channels to help you discover the content you love even faster. On the Windows Store, we're adding support so gamers can browse and purchase bundles, episodic games, season passes, virtual currency and other game add-ons and DLC.

Top PC games show up on Xbox Live: We're bringing the top PC games like League of Legends and XCOM 2 together with the Xbox Live community. Meaning, your favorite PC games will have their own Game Hubs on Xbox Live. Whether you're on your PC, Xbox, or mobile phone, you'll be able to see what PC games your friends are playing, share your own PC gaming clips and screenshots with the community, and message your friends on Xbox Live. On both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, you'll also be able to party chat with your friends no matter what they're doing.

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Xbox app and Windows 10 gaming

  • Edit and share GameDVR clips on any video editor: Create that perfect gaming montage with your favorite video editor with clips you recorded on either Xbox One or your PC. Once you're finished editing, you’ll be able to upload the clip back to Xbox Live through the Xbox app.
  • Updated GameDVR management: You can now manage your captures straight from your profile. This new destination allows you to share, start your own uploads, and see progress in the queue.
  • 60 fps game clip recording with the Game bar: Using the new "Very High" video quality setting in the Xbox app, you will be able to record your game clips in up to 60 frames per second (in addition to 30 frames per second) easily, all from the Game bar (Windows + G).
  • Share to Twitter from Xbox app: In the Xbox app, you'll be able to share game clips and screenshots from Xbox Live to Twitter through the sharing options on each capture.
  • Windows Game bar improved full-screen support: One of the most common requests we see for the Windows 10 GameDVR feature is the ability to use the Windows Game bar with more games running in full-screen. We've added support for six additional games in full-screen mode with Windows game bar: League of Legends, World of Warcraft, DOTA 2, Battlefield 4, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and Diablo III. With those games, you can now use Windows + G to bring up the Windows Game bar when the game is running full-screen.

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boaconstricta

Still hyping up playing catch up, I see.

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hystavito

Now the videos further down in the next articles are also autoplaying, grrrrr!

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Ixilion

Very nice, some pretty neat features here...can't wait to use them when they roll out! Although I could do without the social media stuff heh.

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gatsbythepig

If MS did a better job organizing, we wouldn't need the bing bar or Cortana. Seriously, there are enough blings, bablongs, swooshes and other terrible noises that we still can't mute on the UI. Somehow those 'sound effects' are 10 times louder than anything else on my TV. The last thing I want coming out of my TV are more noises(Cortana) that aren't related to the program I'm watching or the game I am playing.

Now I reach for my remote to mute the xbox, before I do ANYTHING with the UI. It's not the worst thing in the world, just really irritating when I am trying to be quiet.

I play and watch apps through my Xb1 almost everyday, I still can't believe some basic functionality hasn't been included. At least they finally organized the store... sort of.

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Plus_1

@gatsbythepig: you gotta be slow as hell or dont have a One. I have two and neither of them make any noises pertaining to UI. Smh some ppl.

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gatsbythepig

@plus_1: This is a weird thing for you to be lying about, so I can only assume that you just aren't noticing the sounds because of ambient noise in your home.

Can you agree there is a startup sound? Let's at least agree on that, to begin.

There is a programmed audible click from the speakers every time you move the cursor. The middle 'x' button makes a similar click. Pressing 'a' makes a higher pitched, electronic tone. Pressing 'b' makes a lower, sickly sounding tone. Starting an app makes a few noises as it loads. Ending an app makes a similar 'b' noise. Every screen move is a woosh. Try snapping an app and watch TV with gaming, it's unfortunately easier to just mute the TV.

I have no idea how you could miss this, every example and noise is attributed to the UI.

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Again it's not the worst thing in the world, merely a consistent minor annoyance, that should have already been patched. It's unfortunate you seem to be offended that my opinion differs from yours, but this is the comments section. If you don't like people 'b**ing', as you eloquently described my last post, skip the comments- you'll be happier for it.

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kanekan-slaugh

@gatsbythepig: I doubt it would be annoying you. You can turn it off you know. But whatever

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k9kal85

@gatsbythepig: You don't have to worry about noises when you have your own place :)

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Michael-Ibbett

@k9kal85: Maybe he has a family? Baby napping, kids sleeping, girl/wife needing to be up for work in the morning? Having a "place" doesnt mean u live alone. :)

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gatsbythepig

@michael-ibbett: That's right, family... and an open floor plan. Children have a very different schedule than teens, and I have a different schedule than them. Children get crabby when they don't get enough sleep. I get crabby when I can't unwind at the end of the day(usually with a game or movie).

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Plus_1

@gatsbythepig: so get a headset. Simple resolution. Stop the bit**ing for no reason other than you want to.

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Zicoroen

@gatsbythepig: You need a doctor...

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gatsbythepig

@Zicoroen: If wanting a better UI is wrong, then I don't want to be right.

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KkDrummer

This is not the full list of features for this update. MS will be announcing more at E3.

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Pr0ving4Gr0undz

The xbox UI is so much better than the Playstations, keep it up MS.

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Fartman7998

Too bad my Kinect stopped working a couple updates ago. No clue why. The rest of the Xbox works fine.

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KkDrummer

@Fartman7998: you will be able to use Cortana through a wired headset as well.

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Fartman7998

@kkdrummer: Yeah, but honestly I'm never going to wear a headset with my Xbox One though.

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KkDrummer

@Fartman7998: well, you can try one of those headsets for cel phones

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Fartman7998

@kkdrummer: That's true.

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Plus_1

Looking forward to it. Been in the preview for awhile, almost since its launch. Even got a few GS peeps in it too and with the exception of not being able to play certain titles the last big update, Ive enjoyed being involved. This one seems to be pretty decent too, so heres hopin all continues. Looking forward to all the unification and the new console in bound. I see PC games coming in abundance for xbox in'17 and vice versa to PC. Its good for the ecosystem MS is trying to unfold. I have 4 devices all utilizing win10 so this is great for me. Now gimmee my Scorpio MS!

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jshah500

Excellent update. Lots of new features.

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sladakrobot

60fps DVR clips? Cool

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B00ME

This update will also allow people to finally change their region on their console without it affecting their language preference like the 360 had.

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Warlord_Irochi

@b00me: Is that true? about time. Took then 2 years.

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B00ME

@Warlord_Irochi: Tom Warren of the Verge tweeted it and said that was one of the features MS hasn't started talking about in this update. How they didn't bring it over from the 360 is beyond me, that and background music.

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gatsbythepig

@b00me: Damn, I actually forgot about background music. There's a lot of cool new features from MS, but it seems crazy to me that they haven't added these simple mechanics that already existed on a previous, less powerful model.

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LoganGTA5

@Warlord_Irochi: I want to believe

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suicidesn0wman

I like the changes to the Game Library, going through all my games was a real chore with the old system, this new one seems much faster and I can navigate my games a lot faster this way.

I think the biggest thing from this update is not Cortana though, it's the merging of the Windows Store and Xbox Store, with PC games getting their own hubs on Xbox. Not only do I see this becoming PC games streaming to the Xbox, it's a clear sign that Xbox isn't just a console anymore, but a platform shared between the home console and the Windows 10 PC.

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ZamboniGamer

@suicidesn0wman: I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. While I know it's not a big deal, I would rather not have Windows 10 everywhere.

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Pedro

@ZamboniGamer: Its already on the Xbox, so its too late.

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ZamboniGamer

@Pedro: True. I guess I meant MS pushing Windows more so. It's their system, so they can do whatever they want.