Yesterday, Microsoft began rolling out their official April update for Xbox One consoles which added some new features and improvements. There isn't any drastic changes brought forth within this update, but nonetheless it is great to see the company staying on top of their frequent update schedule and continuing to accept feedback from gamers as to how they can improve certain elements.
Major Nelson posted up a summary of this April update on the Xbox Wire, which stated the following:
- Party chat improvements – Over the past few months, we’ve added additional icons and notifications within the party chat experience to help you understand your connection and microphone status. This month, party chat is being improved with troubleshooting guidance for Xbox One owners. The party app will help you get your microphone enabled and show you when privacy settings or networking issues are blocking communication with particular party members.
- Game hub links – In February, we introduced game hubs where you can be the first to get news on upcoming updates, featured game clips, behind the scenes content and more. With this update, you can more easily discover game hub content from activity feed items. You’ll see activity feed items when any of your friends follow a game, and you’ll also be able to get back to a game’s hub from activity feed posts related to the game – including feed items about the game’s achievements, game clips and screenshots. Finally, we’ve added a link to game hubs from the game’s page in the achievements app.
- Achievement notifications – Achievement notifications today display the achievement name and the gamerscore you just earned. With tonight’s update, you’ll also see the achievement’s description in the notification so you know what you did to earn this achievement without having to open the achievements app. Based on feedback from preview program members, we increased the time that an achievement notification is displayed and we also made some performance improvements to make loading the achievements app from a notification faster.
- What’s On – The What’s On area is now available for Xbox One users in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. In it, you’ll find links to popular videos, games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts and clips, along with Trending TV shows if you have configured OneGuide for your Xbox One console.
Some of you may have been expecting the voice messaging and party chat dedicated servers to be included in this update, but Nelson had this to say about the matter:
“We are keeping voice messaging and dedicated servers for party chat in preview as we continue to fine-tune them based on feedback from preview program members.”
This is likely a smart move as the Xbox One has had its fair share of bugs in the past so keeping new features under wraps until they are working 100% will keep the console experience smoother for the rest of us.
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