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Xbox One May system update is now rolling out

Xbox One May 2014 System Update
Xbox One May 2014 System Update
Photo courtesy of Microsoft, used with permission

Microsoft began rolling out the Xbox One system update for May on Saturday. It may not be live for you when you read this but it should be available soon.

Microsoft Director of Xbox LIVE Programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb announced the Xbox One system update rollout over Twitter. The update has been in the beta testing for a short time but it’s also not one of the more feature packed updates.

The update adds a “Sound Mixer” in the Xbox One display and sound settings so you may give different volume levels to the main app you have running and any app you have snapped. This allows you to say, turn the volume up in the basketball game you’re watching while turning the volume down in whatever game you are playing. Or, you could mute the game volume while chatting with someone via Skype. You’ll also be able to control the volume levels for when you’re chatting via Kinect.

You’ll also be able to opt-in to allow Microsoft to collect the voice commands you use with the Xbox One so that Microsoft can improve the Kinect’s voice recognition algorithms. This is completely optional and the company says that this voice data will only be used for product improvement.

You’ll be able to tell when the Xbox One system update is available by going to console’s system settings. A “System update” button will appear at the bottom of the menu on the left if it is ready to download. Or, you can just wait and let the console update automatically.

It appears that Microsoft is getting ready for a big update for June. One of the Xbox One developers recently posted a screenshot to Reddit that shows a notification in the console’s menu that an external hard drive is hooked up and ready to use. Expect more details at the company's E3 media briefing on June 9.