The wait is nearly over, my friends. The new Windows 10-powered Xbox One update is set to release in November. If you’re a current subscriber the update is free for you and, as Microsoft states, this update will bring a “complete redesign built on the cornerstone of Windows 10 and will be the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever.”
We’re ready, Microsoft — We’re ready.
The release at the start of the holiday season will prove to be a big win for Microsoft and the Xbox community. Last week, Microsoft completed its bundle rollout which included a specific bundle that is creating a ton of buzz around the community: The Xbox One Fallout 4 bundle. This bundle consists of a 1TB Xbox One console and wireless controller with 3.5mm headset jack along with Fallout 4. Also included are three full game downloads and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial.
All of this will be available on November 10th for $399. Find more information here:
It’s also important to note that once this update is implemented, you can break out those Xbox 360 games again and play them on your Xbox One at no additional cost. Finally!
This update to Xbox will be powered by Windows 10. With the fantastic speed of Windows 10, gamers will get to the most popular and essential gaming features 50%, or more, faster. Gamers will join parties with virtually no wait time as well as receive crucial updates with no wait time.
This is a quick rundown of the most distinct features you’ll get out of this update:
•An improved Home It will now be easier than ever to navigate the Home menus. Sharing achievements, access game hubs, check-in with your friends, and utilize the one-click access to news and updates from the community and game developers. You can see game DVR clips and add-ons for the games you’re playing and will have quick access to the newest content.
•A new Guide to allow you quick access to all the essentials. Get to your favorite apps, friends, system notifications, messages, start a party with one click from this new style guide. You can access this guide even in the middle of gameplay.
•Xbox 360 games can now be played on your Xbox One console. On the day of launch, over 100 titles will be compatible with hundreds more to come in the weeks and months ahead. Multiplayer titles can be played with friends who are still using the Xbox 360 console.
•Added social features with the new community section. This new feature will allow gamers to dig deeper into what others are doing within the Xbox Live community and jump into the conversation right away. The added Trending section will allow players to view and discuss the most popular discussions and posts from players within the Xbox Live community.
•OneGuide gets a new look and new features. At any given moment, you can view a list of the current viewer totals of trending shows in real-time. A new picture-in-picture feature is now available. The console will highlight TV shows and videos within the new App channels based on which apps you use and care for.
•The store has been upgraded and optimized to help you find the things you love even quicker. Inside this new feature, you will find new ways to explore your content within the Apps, Motives and TV, Games, and Music sections.
This upgrade to the Xbox One Live experience was inspired and directly due to user feedback over the years. The fans helped create this milestone. For a more detailed breakdown of new features visit:
The Xbox One Preview Program has been in full swing for a few months. Members have sent feedback to ensure the most flawless update possible.
One of the most impressive features of this upgrade is the implementation of Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual attendant. “Our plan is to add Cortana to the Xbox One experience later this year. From there, we’ll ensure that the experience is tuned for gamers before we officially launch Cortana in 2016,” director for programming at Xbox Live, Larry Hryb stated.
The reasoning for the delay is not known but, it’s likely due to the lasting problems with the Windows 10 operating system upgrades in July of this year.
Cortana will become your personal gaming assistant. Utilizing voice commands on the Xbox One console, Cortana will accomplish simple tasks such as, assist you in finding other gamers, find new games and new friends.