Microsoft is planning the release of its first major update, and the chief product officer of Xbox, Marc Whitten, this week spoke to Engadget about what changes we can expect to see within the next software release. Though early reports suggest that Sony’s PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One in the first few months of release, Microsoft is promising to listen to the feedback of its gamers to make changes to the console in order to keep improvements to the system coming. In fact, this first big update is designed to address issues that consumers have raised concerning multiplayer and social activities on the console.
Whitten explained, "The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid; 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. 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. 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."
It looks like Microsoft is working to consolidate features that are too separate on the Xbox One, such as Parties, Friends Lists, Avatars and Achievements. It’ll be a useful update and one that the gaming community has been screaming for, however Whitten hasn’t provided a timeframe for the update so we’re not entirely sure when it’ll come to our consoles. There was also no talk of a release date for the promised game Twitch streaming service that many have been waiting for; however Whitten did suggest that it could be something launched prior to this year’s E3.
Expect to see many updates with the Xbox One; Microsoft is determined to ensure that the operating system of the console doesn’t become obsolete as time passes, and so major updates are likely to be a frequent occurrence.
How have you found the social applications on the Xbox One? Will updates to this area of the console improve your gaming experience? Have your say in the comments below.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 01/10/2014