Microsoft has begun rolling out the latest update for its next-generation gaming console the Xbox One. The new update brings with it a slew of new and improved features some of which were sourced from Microsoft’s Xbox Feedback service which lets users suggest or request features for the console or any Xbox-related service.
The first of many new features coming to the Xbox One with the new update is the ability to purchase games and add-on content through the user’s mobile device with Xbox SmartGlass or through Xbox.com. Additionally, if the user’s console is set to automatically take updates, it will also automatically begin downloading the new mobile purchase. According to Microsoft, this feature was one of the most requests features on Xbox Feedback.
The second change coming with the update is the revamped activity feed which now looks a lot more like Facebook. Users will be able to post text, game clips, and other content on their feed and other users may “like” and comment on them. Users will also be able to view, “like”, and comment on their friends’ activity feeds through the SmartGlass app.
Other new features include a new low battery notification for the Xbox One controller, the ability to turn off notifications when viewing a video, support for 3D Blu-rays, and the addition of a “last seen” timer in a user’s Friends list. Both the low battery notification and “last seen” time features were also requested via the Xbox Feedback service.
“Your sustained feedback is incredibly valuable and I can’t thank you enough for helping us make Xbox the best place to play. Stay tuned for even more new features headed your way in the coming weeks including more social features and a few new updates for watching TV,” said Major Nelson on Xbox Feedback.
This latest update continues to show the new customer-first direction Microsoft is taking and their willingness to listen to their users ever since Phil Spencer took over the Xbox division. Ever since Phil Spencer stepped in, Microsoft has opened the Xbox Feedback service, released a Kinect-less Xbox One, and have remedied many of the criticisms that were made of the Xbox One since it launched last year.