Xbox One Software Update Coming Soon, Will Improve Social Features

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By Vincent Funaro , Christian Post Reporter
January 9, 2014|11:34 am

An Xbox One software update is on the way that will improve social features on the console.

Microsoft's chief product officer Marc Whitten revealed to Engadget that the update will consolidate features such as Friend Lists, Parties, Avatars and Achievements all into one place to address some of the complaints of players who said they were too spread out.

"The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid," he said. "Some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you're gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we're going to fix those things."

He also elaborated on the work the company is doing to address complaints.

"As a person who's been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it's harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren't right, and I don't like the model. So what I'm trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up," he continued. "Let's take an update and really go through a big list of what we're hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete. I think that's a theme you'll really see us push on- that Live experience."

Whitten also commented on Xbox One's missing Twitch broadcast capabilities saying that they should be available on the console before E3 in June. He touched on the company's plans for the event.

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"This is not 100 percent, but my general strategy at E3 is to talk about things that are gonna happen from that E3 to the next," he said. So, we are not yet to the next E3.

The Xbox One launched at the end of last year and currently sells for $499 for the base model.

 

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