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Microsoft has rolled out the latest patch for the Xbox One, this time containing a number of fixes and improvements for general purpose use, as opposed to being strictly made to help the games play at 1080p.
The update is detailed on “Major” Larry “Nelson” Hryb's blog, where the “Major” keeps it brief and to the point, highlighting some of the new improvements for the Xbox One that includes better Kinect voice responses and gesture recognition support. This means that Kinect will now better be able to distinguish from when you're playing rock, paper, scissors with friends and when you're jacking off your monkey stick. This should also help the NSA only spy on the good bits, as I'm sure they have no desire to see you playing rock, paper, scissors.
In addition to improving the Kinect's recognition features – which will also undoubtedly help immigration offices see if you've been harboring any illegals – the game and app save feature has also been updated. You'll now see a progress bar of how long it will take to store your save data on the cloud, almost identical to Steam.
The Major also made it known that better 50hz support has been implemented for those of you who aren't donning the national birthplace of Old Glory. If you're trying to watch media via the Blu-ray player in 50hz, you can do so even with media recorded on a Blu-ray recorder. So now you can watch Paulie Shore's greatest hits and other great American media from the likes of Roger Corman and Russ Meier in all their 50hz glory.
Most important is the new silent update mode, as noted on the blog...
“If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.”
Well that's good news. I mean, gamers no longer have the time or patience to actually turn their console on to use it... they just let it sleep and do things while they sit on the couch and yell at the Kinect while playing rock, paper, scissors with friends.
The update when live last night on April 14th, but it should be widely available to all Xbox One owners today. Just power on your console, either by yelling at the Kinect or taking on the arduous task of getting up from the couch, walking a few feet over to your entertainment center, bending down, lifting up your arm a few degrees, and taking on the exhaustive task of using a protuberant part of your body to press the Xbox logo.
For more information on the latest April update for the Xbox One, feel free to pay a visit to the official Major Nelson blog, where the professional “Flip Switcher” gives you a complete and thorough update on all the newest features now accessible (or properly fixed) for Microsoft's latest console.