Download Now Xbox One April Firmware Update for Major Improvements

The new system software update brings plenty of enhancements to the console

By on April 15th, 2014 06:15 GMT

The Xbox One April system software update is rolling out as we speak for Microsoft's console worldwide, meaning all users can take advantage of quite a lot of different improvements for the device's firmware.

Since the release of the Xbox One, Microsoft has emphasized just how much it's listened to feedback from consumers and implemented quite a lot of suggestions into new system software updates for the console in recent month.

Now, for April, Microsoft has released another firmware update for the Xbox One, bringing a series of fresh improvements, according to Larry Hryb's blog.

The system software has been in a beta stage for quite a few weeks, during which Microsoft patched and fixed lots of issues spotted by testers.

The features in the update have been nailed down and include improvements for all sorts of aspects, chief among which being game and app saves and updates. A new save progress bar will now show you the status of your game saves, while apps and games that are being updated will be highlighted for users.

The friends system has also seen some work, as notifications will appear when your friends and favorite users sign into Xbox Live. Those who are in multiplayer will be also be highlighted in the friends list.

Xbox One owners who use the Kinect sensor will see an improvement in voice and motion detection, according to Microsoft, as it will no longer detect false positives due to objects triggering gesture commands, for example.

The GameDVR video quality has also been improved through a tweaked compression algorithm, so expect to share better gameplay footage.

The Blu-ray player application now supports 50Hz video output for content that was recorded at 50Hz, and more improvements might come for it soon.

The Xbox One console firmware update will also include fresh software for the controller and headset adaptor, which should reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.

Last but not least, a silent reboot option after system updates and the ability to force a check for updates are included.

"If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take."

The new firmware update is rolling out right now via the Xbox Live online service.

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