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Xbox One system update for April leaked, brings back Friend notifications

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Microsoft appears to be on a roll with system updates to the Xbox One. The changelog for the April update was leaked Tuesday from a closed forum meant for those in the update preview program.

The changelog was posted on NeoGAF where it reveals a number of new enhancements to the Xbox One including Friend notifications which many felt should have been part of the console's launch. Instead, it will come as part of the April update marking the second significant update in as many months for the console.

Update: Microsoft confirmed the contents of the April release in an Xbox Wire article posted after this story went live.

Other enhancements include improvements to the Kinect and GaveDVR video quality as well as the progress bar that shows the status of game and app updates.

No word on when the update might be released but the post on the closed Xbox forum notes that this preview will last longer than the March preview so it could be the middle of April or later.

You can check out the complete changelog for the Xbox One April system update below.

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
  • Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.
  • New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.

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