news\ Jul 8, 2014 at 9:39 am

Xbox One July update rolling out 'in the coming days'


The Xbox One's July update is "coming soon," according to Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb.

Last night, Hryb took to his blog to tell fans that Microsoft will begin rolling out the next system update for Xbox One "around the world in the coming months," adding that the team has "been working hard" to bring us many of the improvements first revealed back in June. When the update does begin rolling out, Xbox One owners can expect an improved Dashboard experience that's much easier and convenient to use.

Below are some of the features and changes the July update will bring to Xbox One:

  • Snap Mode for Achievements. As we showed at our E3 Green Carpet event before the show, we’re offering an easier way to track and view your achievements in the moment. With Achievement Snap, you can track your achievement progress in real time without ever leaving the game. You can also ‘Get Help’ on any Achievements you’re struggling with. Xbox will scan the web for you and deliver relevant tips and strategy content right to your TV.
  • Double-tap to Snap.  Double-tap the button on your controller to bring up Snap Center, where you can launch Achievements or any other snap-able app, without leaving your game. Already have an app snapped? Double-tap quickly switches between your game and the snapped app.
  • Choice of Spoken Language. Folks in New Zealand, Ireland and Austria, with this update in July, will be able to select voice control using the English or German voice models from other countries. And if you’re an expat in an English-speaking country, you, too, can choose any of the other English language models that fit you.
  • Future Digital Bundles and Compilation Discs. We’re doing some work now so that publishers will have options for great digital bundle and disc compilation offerings in the future. As we test this feature, we’ll be seeing more flexible combinations of game titles and game content.
  • ‘Like’ Game DVR clips. We’re adding the ability to ‘Like’ all your favorite Game DVR clips as well as activity feed items in SmartGlass.
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