Xbox One’s Latest Update Will Introduce Small But Important Features

It’s a new year, which means getting business off on the right foot – and for the Xbox One, [...]

It's a new year, which means getting business off on the right foot – and for the Xbox One, that means a new update that offers a number of new features.

Over the next few weeks, owners of Microsoft's system will see an update that introduces a number of things. This Xbox blog details them, but here's the breakdown of what you can expect soon, straight from Microsoft:

  • Mini Game Hubs will soon be available right in the Guide. With this feature, you'll be able to access great content for the games you've played recently from a Game Hub without ever having to leave the action. Mini Game Hubs provide an easy way to see friends who are currently playing, upcoming Achievements, Looking for Group posts, and more.
  • Sometimes all you want to do is avoid all distractions and focus entirely on your game. We'll be including a "Do not disturb" online status, which will suppress notifications and let your friends know that you're not available for another game or activity right now.
  • We're tweaking the community feed to make it easier to view comments. You'll soon be able to see a peek of the most recent comment on community posts while viewing the activity in full screen. Comments are also being rearranged to place those that are most recent at the top. You'll also be able to see who has liked your comments.
  • To address user feedback, we're adding additional inactivity shutdown options to the Power mode & startup menu. In addition to shutting down the console after one or six hours of inactivity, you will be able to select options for two, three, four and five hours.

So, again, nothing amazing, but some cool new stuff to tide you over as we prepare for even bigger stuff in 2018.