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Xbox One to Recieve Brand New Dashboard Features

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm by Felix Mui

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Prior to today’s Xbox Gamescom briefing, we got a glimpse at the next dashboard feature update. As part of Xbox’s ongoing promise to provide more frequent updates to add and refine features to their latest console, they detailed exactly what is to come in the next few months.

One of these features you may have seen as part of the Xbox Preview Program include a brand new friends section which allows users to instantly access your friends list without toggling through favorites, online players, etc. Pairing down the hassle of the clutter, the new friends list allows you to see everyone at once, while also viewing your friend’s recent clips, achievements, and more akin to a Facebook feed that allows you to view and like each new item.

Additionally some older features inspired by the Xbox 360 are making a comeback, including both the Snap Center and the Media Player.

Snap Center expands the options of Snaps for the One to include important additions including Friends, Parties, Messages, and Achievements. Harkening back to the Guide features of the last-gen console, you can now access all of these things while gaming without needing to go through the dashboard itself.

The Media Player is a welcome addition as you are now able to plug and play any USB (and later DLNA) device into the console in order to watch or listen to media while gaming now. Currently the app supports popular media types like Mp3, Mp4, WMA, Mov, and more to come later this year

Here are some of the other new features on their way:

Threaded Messages – Keeping gamers in their games while they multitask has been a huge focus. The new Messages app features threaded messages with the full conversation history – including embedded links to Game DVR clips – that can be viewed without interrupting gameplay.

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – Announced last week, this new accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.

Stream TV to SmartGlass – Launching first in markets receiving the Xbox Digital TV Tuner, Xbox One owners will be able to stream their TV across their home network to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. They can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on the Xbox One. This will work for SmartGlass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android.

Boot to TV – Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.

Live TV mini guide – For markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. Users can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.

Stay tuned to GeekLegacy for the latest info on the newest console features!

 

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