Microsoft has dumped all sorts of news on the gaming public in regards to its Xbox One console.
Today was supposed marked the official rollout of the first major Xbox One firmware update, but that update has now been delayed. According to Major Nelson’s Twitter account the update is still set to ship this week, but it won’t go live today. The delay is probably a good thing if the update wasn’t officially ready, so you’re just going to have to wait a few more days to get your battery level indicator and other minor tweaks that this update is said to bring.
Microsoft also announced a new stereo headset and adapter for the Xbox One. The official Xbox One Stereo headset will ship in march for $79.99, and will feature a full-range (20Hz – 20kHz) audio spectrum for audiophiles to enjoy. This headset will come with a custom detachable headset adapter that can be used to control game and chat volume levels, the master volume level, and a mute button. This detachable headset adapter will also retail separately for $24.99, which means gamers who have compatible 3.5mm and 2.5mm headsets should now be able to use them with the Xbox One.
The final update to come out of Redmond today is another round of information on the March multiplayer update. This update should go live before Titanfall’s March 11, 2014 release date, and among other improvements it will add the following changes to the Xbox One’s multiplayer functions:
- 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.
Based on the improvements above the multiplayer system on the Xbox One should finally resemble what gamers were used to on the Xbox 360. Feel free to weigh in with your opinions on this article using the comments section below.
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