Xbox One's March Multiplayer and Parties Update Detailed
Written Tuesday, February 11, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Microsoft's Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten has today offered more detail on the upcoming March update for Xbox One, following a system update for the console that's set to go live today, adding a controller battery indicator, HDD storage management and more. The forthcoming March update will focus on improvements to Xbox One's multiplayer functionality.
"This is step one on our journey and commitment to deliver continuous innovation to Xbox One customers," says Whitten. "Xbox One is a platform designed to offer the best games and entertainment experience and we are committed to delivering more and more features to our customers."
Here's details on what's coming in March, based upon feedback from Xbox One users:
- Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.
- Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.
- Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.
- We’re adding an “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.
- We’re adding “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.
The Xbox One March update is scheduled to roll out ahead of the March 11th (US) and March 14th (EU) release of Titanfall, with the improvements to multiplayer and parties "just a few of the features that will be included," according to Whitten. Stay tuned for details on those.