The system March update for Xbox One has started to roll out, Microsoft have announced, and contains a number of adjustments and features that improve the system’s multiplayer capabilities. Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer, breaks some of the improvements down over at the Xbox news blog.
Getting to your friends list is now faster, Whitten says, as the friends list is now “front and center” on the homepage of the Friends app. Alternatively, you can say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see your friends and organize games.
Additionally, you can chat with friends playing different games now. Party chat has been separated from other players playing your game, so you’ll be able to chat with friends who are online, or with everyone playing the game. A list of “Recent Players” also allows you to see Xbox Live users that you recently played with, making it easier to add new friends or report users for bad behaviour.
For European users, 50hz output is now supported on Xbox One, which is intended to fix framerate issues that certain users in Europe were experiencing while watching live TV on the console. You can view the full list of improvements in the March update over at the Xbox Wire blog.
Finally, Whitten also says that Xbox One owners want an external hard drive storage solution, and that this is on Microsoft’s to-do list as well. At present, the Xbox One does not support external storage devices.
“We’re working on that for a future update and will keep you posted,” Whitten writes. “We’re also working on friends notification improvements and experimenting with how to make that better. Just as we do with Xbox 360, we’ll be continuing regular updates to Xbox One – some will be big, like this March update, and some will be smaller.”