Xbox One software update coming next week

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Exciting news for Xbox One users who are a fan of “Please wait whilst Windows installs updates” when shutting down – the joy of updated software is coming to the Xbox One next week with the release of a system update that’ll make a number of useful tweaks.

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Whilst not a big update, Microsoft claims that it’ll be doing lots behind the scenes – like improve stability and make life easier for developers. There will be three noteworthy improvements for players though. Here’s how Microsoft describe ’em:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.

  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

So it’s good that Microsoft are sorting out storage management this early in the console’s life, lest we fill up our machines first. Similarly it’s interesting to see the keyboard support. Can I be the first to start the rumour of a Typing Of The Dead revival?

The update is due to land on February 11th – with more due on March 4th to coincide with the release of the eagerly anticipated Titanfall. Apparently the March 4th update will also improve the multiplayer and party chat systems – which is sure to be essential for the multiplayer mech/FPS hybrid.

James O’Malley
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