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Xbox Summer Update: What To Expect

By Carlo de Lacy , Jun 07, 2016 05:40 AM EDT
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The Xbox system will be getting a huge update this summer. It will include a lot of new features, some of which will allow Xbox One owners to stay connected with friends.

Microsoft announced on the Xbox Wire blog that the company is preparing for its summer update this year. The company will be releasing the update to Xbox One Preview members this week in batches, prior to the actual update going live to everybody else, Xbox Hub reports.

So what's in the new update? Here's what to expect.

Cortana on Xbox One

Cortana is a voice activated personal assistant for the Windows 10, kind of like Apple's Siri. Cortana will be launching on the Xbox One consoles with the new update and will work on both headsets and the Kinect. Xbox One users can now instruct Cortana to turn on the console (using Kinect), find games, check on your friends, accomplish common tasks and more.

New Game Collection

Microsoft will be updating the Game Collection interface to make it easier and faster to launch games. Players will be able to see more of their collection, get more information about the games on the queue and will have access to a handy "Ready to Install" tab.

Facebook Friend Finder on Xbox One

Originally an Xbox app feature, the Facebook Friend Finder jumps to the Xbox One console. It enables the players to add Facebook friends who also have their Xbox One consoles connected to Xbox Live.

Improved Sharing and Game Clip Recording

Players will now find it easier to share screenshots, game footages and achievements on Xbox One. Microsoft simplified the process of sharing on the console, reducing the number of steps that needs to be taken. Game clips and screenshots can also be shared via Twitter through the Xbox app.

Game footages can now be recorded on a "Very High" video quality setting via the Game Bar, allowing players to record in up to 60 frames per second, in addition to 30 frames per second.

As a final note, Xbox director of Program Management Mike Ybarra thanked the community for the feedback that helped Microsoft improve the console overtime. "In the upcoming months, the team will be focusing all of our efforts on the next two updates and won't be releasing an update every month." he concluded.

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