Marc Whitten details the Xbox One update coming for Titanfall
Microsoft is going all out to take advantage of the launch of Titanfall and this includes a new update for the Xbox One to improve the multiplayer user experience overall, but especially for Respawn's first game.
Marc Whitten, chief product officer for the Xbox One has announced all of the improvements that Microsoft will be making with the Xbox One experience with the new update which is due some time around March the 11th. Key to the update are the revamped social features. There's now a new 'Social' tile on the Xbox One's home screen and a new Kinect command, “Xbox go to Friends” will help finding your friends easier. Party chat is on by default now and multiplayer games will now all offer the option to invite friends to join a game. There's also a new list fo recent players so you can see who you've been playing with.
Another key addition is Twitch streaming support, a feature that was conspicuous by its absence from the Xbox One at launch with the new Twitch app launching bang on March the 11th alongside the US release of Titanfall.
In Europe, Microsoft has fixed the refresh rate issue that was causing problems in showing 50hz European PAL TV signals through the Xbox One with it's 60hz refresh rate. There's also a whole load of audio improvements from Dolby 5.1 support and volume adjustment commands for Kinect to an new easier sound bar setup.
SmartGlass devices will now offer notifications of messages even if your Xbox One isn't on and you can use it to check out what your friends are up to including watching their latest gameplay clips.
The update also includes some general improvements to the Xbox One's interface and improvements to its embedded IE internet browser. Microsoft has added support for the new Xbox One Stereo Headset and Xbox One Media Remote as well.
Whitten stated on the March update, “We have received lots of feedback since the launch of Xbox One in November and listening closely to you. I’m excited to share that our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. To me that means playing games like “Titanfall” on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch.”