When the Xbox One was released back in November of last year, the early adoption community was quite frustrated with both the lack of features and the frustrations of system management and navigation. Since then, Microsoft has been dedicated to listening to the community and updating the Xbox One OS to provide, at the very least, an equivalent online experience to the already mature Xbox 360. For many Xbox users, this means having features like memory management, ease of party chat with friends (both in your game and out), controller battery power indicators, and plenty more. It’s so interesting how 360 users took many of these features for granted as they began their new gaming lives with the Xbox One.


Thankfully, the first of quite a few updates drops this week.  Here’s a statement from Xbox.com detailing this week’s update details:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.

  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.

  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

With the highly anticipated exclusive mech shooter Titanfall on its way to Xbox One players on March 11th, Microsoft is also looking to improve the Xbox One’s multiplayer and social functionality as well.

Here are more details on what’s coming for parties and multiplayer in March:

  • Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.

  • Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.

  • Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.

  • We’re adding an “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.

  • We’re adding “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.

Also, on the back end of these updates, Microsoft is freeing up GPU space to improve the Xbox One’s gaming performance and capabilities. This part of the update takes a portion of the current Kinect’s allocated video processing power and frees it up for developers to take advantage of. For some games, this would mean that the ‘slow down’ or frame rate drop would be eliminated from many games allowing for a more constant frame rate during gameplay.

While these updates are more than welcome, most Xbox One users would agree that these features should have been there at launch and not having them there was ‘jarring’ to say the least.

Titanfall (Xbox Exclusive)
Titanfall (Xbox Exclusive)

In the meantime, Xbox One and PC players can try and get into the Titanfall beta scheduled for Valentines’ Day weekend. Go to http://www.titanfall.com/news/register-for-the-beta for your chance to get a taste of the mech action shooter that is all the rage! Titanfall is scheduled for Xbox One release on March 11th and also March 25th for the Xbox 360.