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Xbox One update rolling out, says Microsoft; Features friends notification tweak

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The long awaited April update to the Xbox One has started to roll out to users, with Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb dishing on the details in his latest blog post, according to a report today from VG 24/7. Chief among the improvements will be the friends and favorites notifications.

According to the blog from Hryb on the Major Nelson website, the update will start being delivered to users tonight. The director of programming for Xbox Live thanked those using the online service who helped beta test the updates, and that their input helped mold the new features.

Hryb said that the most sought out change to the next-gen console since its release was the notifications for friends and favorites. Users now will be able to tell when someone from either of the groups logs on, and those in multiplayer will be recognized in the friends list.

Another feature rolling out is a status bar that will show Xbox One users the status of game saves while also telling what games and apps are being updated or have been recently updated. Gamers will also see improvements to the Kinect voice and motion function and also the video quality of the GameDVR.

GameSpot previously had reported that among the features would be an automatic rebooting of the system after updates while in Instant On, meaning the update will run automatically and then go into standby mode. Users, however, can turn off that function.