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Xbox One update rolls out with friend, controller and GameDVR improvements

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

Microsoft began rolling out the April system update to the Xbox One Monday evening. This not only continues the streak of consecutive monthly updates to the system but brings but toast notifications for friends and provides an update to the console’s controller as well.

The April Xbox One system update is rolling out now and may not be available in your area yet. In an Xbox Wire post, Microsoft stated that it will take a few days for the update to become available for everyone. This is done to help evenly distribute the load of so many consoles downloading the update at the same time.

One of the most important requested features by Xbox One owners was the return of friend notifications. Microsoft listened and added notifications to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox LIVE. The friends list has also been updated to note which friends are currently in a multiplayer game.

The video quality of the GameDVR has also been improved while the Blu-ray player received an update to better support European video that outputs at 50 Hz. Microsoft is also promising an update to the Blu-ray player app with more improvements in the near future.

If you’ve ever been sitting in front of the Xbox One Kinect and had the motion controls suddenly activate, this update addresses that as well. The motion-control sensor has been updated to reduce the number of false positives for gesture commands as well as to improve the quality and reliability of voice commands.

You’ll also see a game save progress bars and status bars now as well as be able to tell when a game or app was recently updated. You’ll also be able to force the console to check for an update with a new system update on demand option that resides under the system settings menu.

The controller received an update as well that should address issues for those that have experienced disconnects or audio static through a connected headset. You’ll need to plug the controller into the console via a micro-USB cable to update the controller.

Some of the future updates coming to the Xbox One include support for external hard drives. If Microsoft continues with its monthly update schedule for the console, a reveal on the May update should happen soon.

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