The latest update for Xbox One is now rolling out, bringing new features like background music, new voice-feature Cortana, and combining Xbox Store and Windows store together.
If you’re part of the Preview Program you may have already spent some time trying to get Cortana to listen to a damn word you say (or maybe that’s just me?). Now it’s rolling out for all, here’s a recap (via Xbox.com) of what to expect:
- Background Music: Lets you listen to your favorite music in the background while gaming on Xbox One. The Pandora app, launching soon, is the first of many partners who will support Background Music, with Groove Music, iHeartRadio and other apps coming later.
- Cortana on Xbox One: Cortana is now available on Xbox One in the U.S. and U.K. With Cortana, gamers can expect more from voice commands on Xbox. In addition to more commands and greater accuracy with natural language and text dictation, Cortana provides the ability to use a headset or Kinect.
- Improved Game Collection: Game Collection interface has been updated to make it faster and easier to find and launch the games you’re looking for. Now you’ll be able to sort, manage and see more of your Game Collection easily, quickly access your own ‘Ready to Install’ tab, update your games or apps using the new ‘Updates’ tab, and get more information about titles in your queue.
- Language Region Independence: Based on overwhelming fan feedback, Microsoft has enabled Language Region Independence to give gamers more control over their Xbox experience. Language Region Independence allows you to choose any supported language on Xbox One, regardless of the location.
- Xbox and Windows Store convergence: Microsoft has combined the best of the Xbox Store and Windows Store to give gamers a single experience across their devices.
- Facebook Friend Finder: Now on the Xbox One, connect your Facebook account to your Xbox Live account to find your Xbox playing Facebook Friends. You only need to connect your account once via Facebook Login.
- Improved sharing on Xbox One: it’s now easier to share your screenshots, GameDVR clips, and achievements on Xbox One. Gamers can now share their most epic clips and screenshots with the community right from home.
Here’s what’s new on the Xbox app and Windows 10 PC gaming:
- Top Windows 10 PC games show up on Xbox Live: Your favorite Windows 10 PC games will have their own Game Hubs on Xbox Live. Whether you’re on your PC, Xbox One, or mobile phone, you’ll be able to see what PC games your friends are playing, share your own PC gaming clips and screenshots with the community, and message your friends on Xbox Live.
- 60 fps game clip recording with the Game Bar: Using the new “Very High” video quality setting in the Xbox app, you will be able to record your game clips in up to 60 frames per second from the Game Bar (Windows + G).
- Windows Game Bar improved full-screen support: One of the most common requests was for the Windows 10 GameDVR feature is the ability to use the Windows Game Bar with more games running in full-screen. Microsoft has added support for six additional games in full-screen mode with Windows Game Bar: League of Legends, World of Warcraft, DOTA 2, Battlefield 4, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and Diablo III.
- Announced and released during E3, the Xbox app is now available on iOS and Android.
In the UK, the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Seige Xbox One bundle price has dropped to £250. The price includes a 1TB console, wireless controller, Rainbow Six Seige, Rainbow Six Vegas, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2. You can also pick up a 1TB console with Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6, Rainbow Six Seige (with Season Pass), and Rainbow Six Vegas 1 and 2 for £300.
The discounts come as we prepare for the release of the smaller, sleeker Xbox One S, scheduled for release tomorrow.
If you’ve just picked it up – or have been spending time with it via the Preview Program – let us know in the comments what you think!