The Xbox One April Update is launching today, with a planned rollout to all users over the next several days. As detailed by Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (a.k.a. “Major Nelson”), the update brings a number of small changes and improvements to the console:
Progress Bars and Status Indicators for Game Saves and Updates: new progress bars will help gamers gauge the status of saved games, and new indicators reveal which games and apps are being updated, or have been updated recently.
Friend Notifications: a return of a feature from the Xbox 360, gamers will now see notifications pop up when friends and favorites sign in to Xbox Live. This information was previously available to view by manually navigating to your profile’s Friends list, but now real-time alerts will save you the trouble of following friends and gaming partners.
Kinect Improvements: motion and voice command recognition has been further tuned to increase accuracy and reduce false positives.
GameDVR Video Quality: the service that lets gamers automatically record and publish gameplay clips will see improved video quality via better compression algorithms.
50Hz Blu-ray Playback: support for 50Hz output while viewing 50Hz source content has been added to the Xbox One’s Blu-ray player app.
Controller and Headset Adaptor Firmware: new firmware updates for the Xbox One’s controller and headset adapter promises to reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
Silent Reboot After System Updates: major system updates used to require the user to manually power the Xbox One back on once the update was complete. Going forward, users with the console’s Instant On feature enabled will see their devices automatically reboot and return to standby mode following a successful update.
Update on Demand: the Xbox One is great at automatically installing system updates, but there’s a new option that allows users to manually trigger an update as soon as it’s available.
Today’s release of the Xbox One April Update continues Microsoft’s commitment to providing regular updates for the console. Major updates in February and March also brought new features and refinements, including Twitch TV support, multiplayer and party chat, and USB keyboard support.