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Xbox One:Updates For Storage, Installs, Battery Power And More

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Xbox One:Updates For Storage, Installs, Battery Power And More

Next generation console are constantly going to be changing with a never-ending series of patches and updates over the next few years, and the Xbox One has a major update from Microsoft coming February 11th.

Marc Whitten, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, just wrote a lengthy blog post about the Xbox One update, and what we can expect to see from it. The highlights:

- The ability to manage your hard drive space by seeing what’s taking up how much space

- The ability to sort incoming installs, separating out My Games and My Apps

- The reinstatement of the battery power indicator on the homescreen for your controller

- New compatibility for the Xbox One to use USB keyboards

The post also promises continuous improvements to Kinect, and hints at more “surprises” coming in future updates. It’s also possible there’s more coming on February 11th that wasn’t mentioned, but perhaps they’re waiting to see if they can roll out anything additional in time.

The post also teases another update for the One on March 4th, one almost entirely based around the launch of Titanfall on March 11th. That update promises a new party and multiplayer system, which is a pretty big deal, and kind of necessary. I’ve had a decent amount of trouble with the current party system, as I often lose track of how to get back to my party without yelling commands into Kinect. I also fail to understand why party chat is turned off as a default each time I link up with my friends, and that we all have to activate it every time. I haven’t figured out a way around that yet.

The storage space update will be very useful in the future, though if anyone has filled up their hard drive already where they’d need such a thing, I’d be very impressed. But eventually we’ll get to a point where 500 GB will start to feel cramped, so it’s good they’re doing this now.

I haven’t had too much trouble sorting installs, but I don’t really like the way they’re handled now. When I’m installing a game, it simply appears as a little tiny tile on the home page I can’t even click on. There’s no way to see how big the update is, nor how long it will be until its finished. I’ve also run into glitches where installs or updates will freeze at 99% and refuse to allow me to start the game.

I think navigation in general needs work on the Xbox One. I simply prefer the PS4 intuitive menu system over the Windows 8-esque tiles. I particularly don’t like when the central window of the Xbox One homescreen goes all inception-y, and my homescreen becomes a mess of tiles within tiles. It’s also odd that games that are no longer in the disc drive still appear as the main title in the large central box. The entire process needs some streamlining, that’s for sure.

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