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Xbox One update to focus on fixing 'social features'

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Posted by: Matt Liebl

The first major update to Xbox One will focus on addressing complaints users have with the system's social features, or what Microsoft refers to as the "Live experience." When the Xbox One launched in November, fans took it upon themselves to set up a website, Xboxfeedback.com (now playerfeedback.com), as a gathering place to discuss changes that they would like to see implmented.

Microsoft has been extremely open to the suggestions and while we've heard multiple claims from the higher-ups that they are listening to feedback, this is the first we've heard of actual specifics for the first major update.

"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," chief product officer Marc Whitten revealed to Engadget. "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," Whitten continued.

"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."

No specific timeframe for the update was mentioned, but Engadget believes it sounded as if the Live fixes are coming "sooner rather than later." Let's hope they are correct in their assumption.

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