The biggest Xbox One update in history finally has a launch date – Wired.co.uk
The biggest Xbox One update in history finally has a launch date.
Microsoft has announced it will launch its long-awaited OS update, including backwards compatibility and officially known as the ‘New Xbox Experience’ on 12 November.
The date was announced during a live stream to mark the release of Halo 5: Guardians for the console on Monday evening.
The update is not just a standard OS refresh — Microsoft is pitching this as the moment the Xbox platform falls into line with its Windows 10-based PCs, tablets and (soon) mobile phones. The aim is to give the Xbox a similar UI to Windows 10 PCS which is more colourful and natural to use than the original blocky Xbox One interface — and, obviously, to give Windows an instant beachhead in millions of living rooms.
However some key features, such as the addition of Cortana voice search, will be delayed until 2016.
Among the headline upates are:
- Backwards compatibility for some Xbox 360 games (downloads and discs) expanding over time
- Speed and performance upgrades across the system
- A switch to a vertical scrolling menu rather than side-scrolling
- New social features including lists of what’s trending across the Xbox Live platform
- Cortana voice search (available 2016)
In typically effusive style, Microsoft describes the update as a “completely re-imagined user experience that gives you instant access to everything you want, when you want it”.
“And with Cortana, a personal gaming assistant that gets smarter with use, you can request critical information when playing and schedule events across your Windows 10 devices.”
Whether or not the addition of old Xbox 360 games, a new OS design and ‘community’ features get you that excited is very much down to the individual gamer.
Worse, the OS update has been available for several months to beta testers, but has been plagued with reports of bugs and other issues. Presumably Microsoft has now squashed most of these niggling problems and is ready for the OS update to hit the mainstream — just as its Xbox Live service rounds into record form, and the critical Christmas gaming period approaches.
The news was timed to coincide with Paris Games Week, where Sony is expected to make a number of news announcements at a press conference on Tuesday from which WIRED will be reporting live.
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