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”.