Xbox One Gets More Social With Update
By Steve Peterson
While the PlayStation 4 may still lead the sales charts as of June, Microsoft isn’t standing still. The latest update to the Xbox One is due to roll out in August, and Xbox spokesman Larry Hyrb, better known as Major Nelson, previewed the new features on his blog.
The biggest new feature is focused on improving the social experience of Xbox One, looking to make sharing game experiences with friends easier. “We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed,” noted Hyrb in his blog. “The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).”
The new update also provides a much-requested feature, one that the PlayStation 4 has had from the beginning: The ability to purchase a game or DLC from you mobile phone (using Xbox SmartGlass or Xbox.com) and have your console automatically begin downloading. So you can buy a game while you’re on the road and find it waiting for you, ready to play, when you get home.
There are other new features as well which Hyrb details in his blog post.
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