Xbox One August Update Preview…IN 3D
Another month, another Xbox One OS update! The August update has been released to preview users and after a few days with it here are my impressions: It’s shows lots of promise! Let’s jump right into what you can expect to see when this update rolls out to consoles next month.
The most forward facing change in this update is the revamped Friends section with a redesigned friend’s list and activity feed. Users will see a dropdown box that allows them to view all of their friends, their favorites, their followers, or recent players. On the left, where this data once lived, are your ability to find an Xbox user, access to your profile, messages you have received, and, the newest entry, Activity Alerts. Activity alerts is Xbox’s attempt to make your experience a much more social one. The activity feed column not only has your friend’s happenings but it finally gives you the ability to interact with their successes. See a gameplay video you enjoy? Like or comment on it. Is it really great? Share it on your activity feed or send a message to your friends so they can see it too. Anytime someone likes or comments on your videos or follows you, you’ll receive an activity alert. This update is an extension of last month’s update that was only available on Smartglass. Also returning to the friends list is the last on activity feed (e.g. StubbyStan last seen 20m ago playing Destiny).
Are you at work or on the train and just heard that your favorite game released or that DLC that you’ve been waiting for has just dropped? Users can finally make purchases on the go using the Smartglass app or via Xbox.com. Your home console has to have instant on enabled and the ability to download in the background. Once those are installed, updates and purchases are automatically installed on your console and will be ready to play when you make it home.
20 D Batteries!
There is finally an onscreen indicator if your battery is low. No controller indicator but it’s better than nothing.
3D Date Night Secured
Just bought The Lego Movie 3D blu-ray edition and don’t want to be disturbed while you watch it with your loved ones? The Xbox One has you covered! While watching full screen videos, users now have the option to turn off notifications in those instances. Plus, for those of you that still have one and still care (pointing at me), 3D blu-rays can now be played on the console, the only current gen console currently to be 3D blu-ray capable.
So there you have it! The August update will roll out some time in August but there is no timetable as of yet. Are you excited to try any of these features? Are you a preview user and have some feedback on the new update? Let us know in the comments below.