The Xbox One Update Is Happening Now and Through the Weekend

If you don't have it yet, you will by weekend's close.

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The Xbox One update that’s been in limbo for a day or two is finally rolling out as I type this: that’s according to Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, who confirmed as much this afternoon on his blog.

I’ve tried a few tricks to get my Xbox One to pick it up, like toggling the automatic update option, to no avail. I assume Microsoft’s engineers are trying to go easy on their distribution servers, so it’ll happen when it happens.

Hryb reminds readers that Microsoft’s fiddled with the way the Xbox One handles updates, so for instance, if you use the “Instant On’ immediate power-up feature, when you turn the system off, it’ll quietly run an update check, then take the update “during off-peak hours in your local time.”

“All that to say, never fear you’ll see it sometime over the weekend,” adds Hryb.

This is one of the bigger, more noticeable updates to come along, adding more granular storage management (like letting you see your storage ratios, something that’s hidden from you now), separating My Games and My Apps into their own lists, enhancing the feedback system for content that’s loading in the background, providing a gamepad battery power indicator on the Home Screen (Hryb says once you have the update, “you can press the Xbox button to see the battery indicator on screen in the lower right next to the clock”) and adding USB keyboard support for determined typists.

There’s another update in the offing due just before Titanfall launches on March 11 (beta impressions of the game are here), designed to streamline party chat and friends lists, like making the latter more Xbox 360-like. In fact that’s a lot of what these updates amount to: backpedaling from automation that tends to feel more like obfuscation, to something that requires a smidgen more thought and interaction, but brings the benefit of finer, more personalized control.

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11 comments
ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

More evidence that Microsoft prematurely brought product to market in order to exploit the holiday shoppers. With microsofts billions, it mighta been nice if they had put the consumer ahead of their childish rivalry with the sony corporation and its significantly better playstation 4.

infamouspko
infamouspko

how do we know that the update installed?


BuffGamer_
BuffGamer_

All I (and many people) want is for the chat/in game audio to be able to play through the tv AND headphones like on 360. Although I do like them going to fix the friends list etc.

WillHeim
WillHeim

Did this update not include 'tweaks' to the XB1 controller?

StevenPenley
StevenPenley

@infamouspko you will see the difference in the format of your my games and apps section, everythings separated now,games, apps, etc....

mattpeckham
mattpeckham moderator

@WillHeim  According to The Verge's MS contact, those Titanfall-related tweaks are supposed to be in the February update, yes.

infamouspko
infamouspko

@StevenPenley  ok thanks guess it didn't download/install yet for me