Xbox One

Xbox One April update rolling out now


Microsoft are rolling out the long-awaited April update today according to Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb. Major highlights in the update include notifications for when your friends come online, improved DVR capture quality, and Kinect tweaks for better voice recognition and gesture controls.

The update will also introduce a progress bar for game saves, 50Hz support for Blu-ray, along with controller and headset updates to improve connectivity. You can also enable system updates automatically from the Instant On state, which is a nice touch for those who care about that sort of thing.

The update should be available on your Xbox One right now. The full feature list is below:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adapter firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. 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.