Xbox One Update to Address Social Connectivity
As smooth as the Xbox One’s new interface has been, there are still some ways in which Microsoft could improve the functionality. While Microsoft has had years to refine the Xbox 360’s UI, the company has only just begun taking feedback from Xbox One users on how to improve. Fortunately, those changes are coming soon.
Speaking with Engadget at CES, Xbox’s Marc Whitten talked about the changes he hopes to bring in the first major update to the Xbox One. “The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid,” Whitten said. “Some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things.”
Whitten assured the company was looking into all the comments, complaints and criticisms, and reiterated that improving Live on Xbox One was a priority. “As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren’t right, and I don’t like the model,” Whitten said. “So what I’m trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up. Let’s take an update and really go through a big list of what we’re hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete. I think that’s a theme you’ll really see us push on — that Live experience.”
He also told Engadget we’d be seeing the Xbox One improved upon faster than we did with the Xbox 360. Typically there were two major console updates a year for the Xbox 360, and it’s good to hear we won’t be waiting as long for the Xbox One to get patched. Sadly, streaming through the console still isn’t anywhere near ready, as Whitten artfully dodged giving a straight answer to the site. For its part, Twitch told its followers there was no timetable for Xbox One streaming to arrive, and it was at least a few months away from being instituted.
Microsoft had better work fast though, as Twitch revealed the PlayStation 4 already makes up more than 20 percent of its broadcaster base. Considering the console hasn’t even been out for two months, that’s quite an impressive feat. The ease of streaming on the PS4 is partially responsible, but credit must be given to Sony and Twitch for working to make livestreaming a major feature right out of the box. It would be a tremendous shame if streaming weren’t ready by the time Xbox One exclusive Titanfall arrived in March, and even more so considering spring is shaping up to be huge for both next-gen systems.