Microsoft Is Beta The Next Xbox One Update?
What are you doing with yourselves, Microsoft?
Perhaps I’m being critical of Microsoft but who beta tests a system update before rolling it out? Perhaps it’s an extra level of QA considering the last update resulted in some consoles black-screening upon startup.
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Select users will receive a message via Xbox Live with a code to register and download the new update due for release in March. The intention is for Microsoft to test the features out before rolling the update out to everyone.
Once registered, participants will be able to test “the early features included in the update and provide feedback on a private forum” and will be given the option to opt out of future waves.
The March update quite literally prepares your Xbox One for Titanfall. Below is a list of previously reported features planned by Microsoft.
- Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.
- Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.
- Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.
- “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.
- “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.
So what’s the problem here? Microsoft has QA testers and shouldn’t need to sue their consumers as crowd-sourced testers.