​The Xbox One Improves a Little Bit More Next Month

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Microsoft's newest console just got a significant update a few weeks ago, changing a whole bunch of stuff in the process. Next month's update won't be quite as wide-ranging but it still adds tweaks that people have been asking for.

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April's Xbox One update gets detailed on the console's news site, bringing news about improved friends functionality and better info about saves and updates:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress barwill 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.
  • 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.

Here's hoping that last one really delivers a substantial bump to video quality because, hey, that's always nice. And raise your hands if you're psyched for those Friends List improvements. That is a lot of hands.

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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.

"And raise your hands if you're psyched for those Friends List improvements."

Yet again, more features that worked well on the 360 that they did not think to add to the XB1. smh