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Xbox One April system update released; here's what's new

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The latest Xbox One system update has been released, introducing a number of social and system improvements, including friend notifications, game and app saves and updates, and the implementation of a silent reboot. A number of the features were already previewed in March, with more announced last week. But here is a reminder of what's new in today's update, courtesy of Major Nelson.

  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.

[Major NelsonXbox Wire]

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