Xbox One October Update Features and Additions
The Xbox One October update is now available adding many new exciting features to the operating system. The entire UI has been modified, moving the friends list to the right side of the screen and adding new ways to follow your friends’ most recent gameplay in a separate column. Further right is a new leader board column ranking friends current adjustments to their Xbox Live achievement points in comparison to your own. For you achievement whores out there this is a great way of competing with your friends for the most achievement points instead of it just being a personal goal.
The snap menu has been improved dramatically and made much more convenient and quicker to access during gameplay. The menu has now been divided into two tabs. The left tab contains all of the features that allow you to access your friends and to record game clips. The right tab contains the rest of the snappable apps that are available. Messages have now been updated containing threaded conversations similar to those seen on a typical smartphone, making it easier to read and respond.
The best feature for the Xbox One October update that has been added with this is the new menu option that appears when double-clicking the Xbox button. Instead of just bringing up the snap menu, this action now brings up a set of tiles which look like a D-pad. Now, Press up to snap an app, press left to return to the game, press right to go to your most recently snapped app, and press down to unsnap. If not in game, pressing the left tile takes you to the Xbox store, which previously has been buried in the Games and Apps menu before today’s update.
Also, for those that don’t have a Kinect for voice commands, the days of having to go to the Game DVR app to record a 30 second clip are over. Now it is as simple as double clicking the Xbox button and pressing X. After recording your clip, simply press left to return to your game. If you want to record a clip longer than 30 seconds you still have to go to Game DVR app. However, this new shortcut allows players without Kinect to take advantage of most of the features that the Xbox One has to offer. Also, it makes it easier to record game clips on the fly during those boss fights or PVP matches where you can’t take the chance that the Kinect is going to take you to the OneGuide or some other app due to it hearing you incorrectly.
DLNA media streaming has been added to the Media Player app making it possible to stream video, pictures, and music from your home PC and other devices. Also, for all you with the Chromecast app, this new feature makes it possible to cast Netflix, YouTube, and other apps directly to your Xbox One from your smartphone or PC that is Chromecast enabled. MKV files are also now able to be viewed through the Media Player app making it a more legitimate as a video player.
Among all the updates so far, the Xbox One October update improvements have done more to complete the operating system that Microsoft intended for their next-gen system. This update really helps the Xbox One stand-alone without the Kinect, placing the majority of its functions into the new snap menu. These new features reflect Microsoft’s acceptance that the majority of people buying an Xbox One in the future will most likely not have this peripheral equipped.
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