This week sees the launch of the first Xbox One update which is set to fix a fair few of the major problems gamers have been facing with their shiny new console. With the addition of a new battery icon, some dashboard tweeks, and a few other changes when it comes to managing storage, February’s update seems pretty good, well the March update is so much better.
Microsoft highlighted more features which are set to come in the March update, one that’s supposed to bring a whole bunch of improved multiplayer features in preparation for Titanfall.
On the Xbox News Wire earlier this afternoon Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitten highlighted some of the more multiplayer focused updates set to come in March, they are:
- Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.
- Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.
- Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.
- We’re adding an “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.
- We’re adding “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.
Just moments after the Multiplayer update the Xbox Staff also posted details on a brand new Stereo Headset that’ll be launching in March too along side a Stereo Headset Adapter which puts the audio controls right in your hands.
“Offering a full-range (20Hz – 20kHz) audio spectrum to ensure fans can enjoy the deepest bass and the clearest high frequencies, the Stereo Headset will also feature a unidirectional microphone for clear voice capture and over-the-ear speakers to keep you comfortable during long sessions with your Xbox One.” reads the post.
The Stereo Headset Adapter is also a pretty awesome addition which allows you to fine tune the game and chat audio right from your fingertips without needing to go through several different menus to do so.
The Stereo Headset and Headset Adapter is set to launch worldwide in early March for £59.99, the Stereo Headset Adapter is also said to be available separately for £19.99.