Xbox One July Update Preview Details

The newest monthly update for the Xbox One has been pushed down to preview beta members.  The update, scheduled for a July release, isn’t as substantial as June’s release but what lacks in bullet points it makes up for in quality features.   The  improvements for which you can look forward are as follows:

Snap-able Achievements

As if the team at Microsoft has been listening in on my XBL chat conversations and have finally added the ability to snap the achievement list for your current game or app.  A growing trend with Xbox One gamers is their apathy towards achievements. It’s my belief that it’s not because achievements are passe but because viewing them on the console is such a hassle. Viewing the achievement that you just unlocked became so unruly that most people would have to wait until their gaming session had ended, or forego it completely. The ability to snap the achievements completely alleviates this issue.   Additionally, the new achievement list will put the toughest achievements at the top of the list. Pressing the A button will give you the option to favorite an achievement, moving it to the top of your list, or search the internet for help on said achievement. Time will tell if this rekindles user’s interest in getting 1000 points per game.

 Double Tap To Snap

Another move to dis-Kinect the console (couldn’t resist the pun), snapping apps is as easy as pushing the controller’s Xbox button twice. This will bring up the Snap Center apps list. This option is perhaps not as quick as saying “Xbox snap —-” but is much easier than some of the other controller based operating alternatives so far.

 Like Video Clips

In an effort to make user created video clips more social, users will be able to like clips using the Smartglass app (currently only available using the Smartglass beta app).  As of right now, the only place  to see the likes is via the Smartglass app. Perhaps a big screen addition will be made in a future update. 

 New Language Settings

Now Kiwis, the Irish and Austrians will be able to control their Xbox Ones using their native dialects.  Austrian German, New Zealand  and Irish English are now selectable language choices. You do not have to live in those areas to choose those languages either. How do you say “Xbox, Record That” in German? Somebody please tell me!

So there you have it.  These are the new additions that Xbox One users can look forward to next month. No official release date has been given but we’ll be sure to update you if and when we do find out. Do these additions make you a happy owner? Do you feel like Microsoft isn’t doing enough?  Let us know in the comments below.



Cicero Holmes

Cicero is an avid gamer and sports fan masochist of the New York Islanders and New York Knicks. You can follow his poor life choices on twitter @StubbyStan.

  • Younanomous

    I’m still wondering how they’ll integrate Kinect-less “Record That” into it. I’m excited for the Snap Achievements though, I’m hoping there’ll be an option to snap Achievements as they’re unlocked instead of having it take you out into the separate app.

    June 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm
    • Cicero Holmes

      Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to “Record That”. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say they won’t. Keeping those things away is one way to entice people into buying, what is now, the peripheral.

      As for snapping achievements automatically, I don’t think I want that. I like having the option that’s non-obtuse, much like it is on the Xbox 360.

      As always, thanks for reading & please keep coming back!

      June 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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