The April Xbox One system update has gone live, offering up several anticipated features like game hub links, the “What’s On” service and more.
If you’re not too busy playing the beautiful platformer Ori and the Blind Forest or blasting your way through a round of Hotwire in Battlefield Hardline, then you might want to take a moment and let your Xbox One perform a system update. According to a recent post from Major Nelson at Xbox.com, all of the latest bells and whistles for your console of choice are ready to roll.
“The April system update is rolling out today, bringing you another round of new features that will make your favorite Xbox One experiences even better,” says Sr. Nelson. “Whether you want easier access to game content, troubleshooting help with party chat or improved achievement notifications, we’ve got something for everyone this month.”
For all of you literate-types who stuck around, there are four major changes being provided by today’s big update. For starters, party chat is getting some improvements, including (supposedly) easy to use troubleshooting guides to “help you get your microphone enabled and show you when privacy settings or networking issues are blocking communication with particular party members.” So for those of you who have been having difficulty chatting but don’t know why, today’s update should help alleviate some of those frustrations.
Game hub links are also being added with today’s update, making it easier than ever to keep up to date on what your friends are playing or view the latest information (such as news, clips and behind the scenes content) from your favorite games.
So, have you ever been playing Destiny or Forza and seen an Achievement pop up that says something like, “Seeker of the Light” or “L337 Skillz,” leaving you to wonder what the heck you actually just accomplished? Usually you’d need to jump into your Chievo list to find out but, with today’s update, a brief description of the Achievement will now be shown when it unlocks. Actually, so long as it doesn’t take up too much screen real estate when it triggers, this sounds like a pretty convenient update.
Finally, the “What’s On” tab is finally being added to the dashboard, which will give you quick links to stuff like trending videos, movies, TV shows and the like. So if you like to use your Xbox One for something other than playing games, this should help make finding other media to enjoy easier than ever.