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Xbox One system update delayed, March update detailed

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The planned Xbox One system update for Tuesday, Feb. 11 has received a slight delay according to a Microsoft announcement. Meanwhile, the console maker detailed some of the multiplayer improvements that are coming to the March system update scheduled to coincide with the release of Titanfall.

"The February #XboxOne System Update will ship this week, but not today," Xbox LIVE's Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb revealed on Twitter. "The team is working on finalizing. More details when I get them."

The update includes previously announced features like the ability to view the and manage the storage space on the Xbox One plus an on-screen battery indicator for the controller. Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten also revealed that the February update includes "lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features we believe Xbox fans will love, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time."

Whitten also detailed several multiplayer updates coming to the Xbox One as part of the March update that will roll out prior to Titanfall's release on March 11. Some of these updates will be to fix complaints with the Friends and party systems on the Xbox One

  • 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.

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