Xbox One players, heads up. The February update has arrived and with it, improvements and features based on the feedback players have been sending to Microsoft.
Controller improvements – We’re excited to improve stability and speed on the Xbox One controller.The full video goes into even greater detail:
Game hubs – These are the go-to centers for interesting content, tips and tricks for your favorite titles. Every Xbox One game will have a game hub where you can see which friends are playing the game, compete with your friends in game leaderboards, dive into the coolest game clips and game broadcasts, and follow the game’s top broadcasters and clip creators.
Party chat updates – We made several changes to party chat in recent weeks, including chat connection status, improved connectivity between multiple participants with Strict or Moderate NATs, game and party invitations, and a number of other performance improvements.
Custom backgrounds and tile transparency – We’ve added tile transparency to the Home tiles to make your background images more visible.
TV updates – A number of updates to the live TV experience are available today and new features have been added to additional countries.
Major Nelson has made it clear that he and Microsoft have been listening to the feedback from Xbox One players and from the looks of the update, they have been paying attention. While I am not an Xbox One player myself, I have many friends who are and this will certainly be good news for them and to all of you who use the device for gaming or other entertainment purposes.
In general it is good news to see a company listening to its customer base and delivering on its intentions for improvement. A faster, more stable, and more personable Xbox One experience benefits everyone, regardless of which side of the 'console wars' you are on.
So what do you think? Are these the updates you have been asking for? Is there still more to be done? What are things would you like to see improved? Sound off in our comments below.