The second part of April’s Xbox One update has been revealed and it marks the return of a familiar feature..
Ever since I’ve owned an Xbox One, I’ve noticed something has been missing, I’m not sure what exactly, but something was missing. Oh that’s right, the daft “message to all friends and recent players” voice messages I used to receive from twelve year old’s asking me to join their clan or something stupid. Since upgrading my gaming experience has been peaceful, I no longer fear that messages will contain a voice that can be heard by only dogs.. Come April however, that’s about to change.
That’s right, the return of the voice message! horray!!!
Xbox Live’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb has today revealed the second part of April’s Xbox One update which is rolling out to preview members tonight and it brings the return of the voice message. No longer do you have to fumble around with on screen keyboards or the Smartglass app, you can leave your message using the dulcet tones of your voice. On a more positive note however, Voice Messages can now be exchanged between Xbox 360 and Xbox One players, so even though you can’t join a party together, you can message each other using your voice.
Party Chat is receiving even more improvements in the upcoming update as not only will you be able to troubleshoot problems better, if something is seriously wrong which has something to do with NAT issues, your party will now connect to a dedicated chat relay server. For those who have always struggled peer-to-peer chat will now automatically leverage dedicated server infrastructure to relay traffic making connecting to a party much, much easier.
The final new addition to the update is improvements to the What’s On area, which highlights popular videos, movies, TV Shows, and game broadcasts. They’ve been improving this feature in the US for some time and now, they’re rolling out a preview for this feature to Canada and the UK.
To check out what else is happening with the Xbox One, check out the first wave of the update and its details here.