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Xbox One's February Update Is Now Live

In the air tonight.

Love is in the air for some of us tonight, for others it’s just really, really windy. Xbox One owners, on the other hand, also have the February system update on the way.

Originally planned for earlier in the week, this update was pushed back by a few days as Microsoft’s software engineers and QA teams crunched to get everything ready for public release. Larry Hryb has now taken to his Major Nelson blog to announce that it is rolling out to Xbox One users as I type this.

The highlights of the update include improved data and storage management, the return of the battery power indicator (press the Xbox button and it’ll be next to the clock) and the ability to use a USB keyboard with the Xbox One. Changes designed to improve the party system and better accommodate games like Titanfall are set for a further update at the start of March.

The full list of changes time out is as follows:

  • Update to My Game & Apps to allow sorting of games and application lists, and separate queue lists for games, applications and installs.
  • Ability to delete game and application save data.
  • Improved installation and DLC management.
  • Addition of the controller battery power indicator.
  • Improved UI for accessing friends, achievements, messages, and party chat.
  • Game DVR app to be included in the Xbox One Guide as an app channel.
  • Update to the boot progress indicators for system update.
  • Improve consistency of UX for update & install progress.
  • Separate game, application, and install queue lists.
  • Addition of USB keyboard support.
  • Improved NAT detection.
  • Network Troubleshooter improvements.
  • Blu-ray quality improvements.
  • Significant performance and stability improvements.

As with the last major update, which came in December, this is a gradual roll. Consoles set to use the “Instant On” sleep mode will check for updates every time they are put to sleep and also at regular intervals, downloading the software for the next time you turn it on.

For most people it will just pop up over the weekend at some point. However, it will presumably become mandatory for all online Xbox One consoles early next week, which will then catch those users who have switched their machines off completely and don’t use “Instant On”.

For more information on the update process, it was outlined in more detail on Major Nelson’s blog in December and there is a further page on the Xbox support site.

Source: Major Nelson and Xbox Support, via Engadget

  1. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    so you couldn’t manage your saves before? O_O

    and will this update allow users to see how much hard drive space they’ve got?

    Comment posted on 15/02/2014 at 08:17.
    • leeroye
      Since: May 2012

      Dont forget a battery indicator too!!!

      Comment posted on 15/02/2014 at 08:26.
    • a inferior race
      I'm special
      Since: Jul 2009

      I have no idea how to manage saves on PS4

      Comment posted on 15/02/2014 at 08:57.
      • dizwod
        Since: May 2010

        under data management…..

        Comment posted on 15/02/2014 at 10:10.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      While PS4 users still can’t pause and resume downloads, just cancel, making those game installs utterly horrible for some shared internet connections.

      Neither system is particularly finished, and as AIR points out, both suffer from a lack of obviousness in many places.

      Comment posted on 15/02/2014 at 13:02.
  2. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Seems like a decent enough list of changes, i’m sure my XB1 buddies will be pleased.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2014 at 14:15.
  3. DividSmythe
    Since: May 2012

    It is a good update really. I’ve only just found out about about the quick load up of last game which is great, I was astounded by it.
    I’m also in Titanfall beta. I’ve not had chance to play. I might get shot up a few times tonight :-D

    Comment posted on 15/02/2014 at 18:25.

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