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Xbox One May Update Previews Rolling Out, Adds Audio Controls and More

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Xbox One will be receiving another batch of improvements as part of the May system update, which promises new features such as audio controls and an option to download system updates as and when you want. This latest update is currently rolling our to early access program participants now.

As well as including a new sound mixer for snapped apps on Xbox One, the May update will bring chat volume controls for Kinect, and a feature that'll enable users to opt in and help Microsoft in improving the device's speect recognition.

Here's a rundown of what's coming with the Xbox One May system update:

  • Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat - We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat.


  • Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition - Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want to continue making this great for all Xbox One owners worldwide. The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans. If you want to help us in our efforts to make voice and speech improvements for Kinect even better, you can opt-in to a speech data collection. Under Settings, then Privacy & Online Safety, go to Customizing privacy and online safety and set Share Voice Data to Allow. This is completely optional and all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.


  • Take the Next System Update When You Want - You’ll now also be able to take this next system update as soon as it’s available if you want. When this update is made available, you’ll find the option under Settings, then select System update as shown below.

While the May update is currently available only to early access members, it'll be released to all Xbox One users later in the month.

[Via Xbox News Wire]


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