Microsoft rolls out Xbox One April update with new What's On section and more

Microsoft has starting rolling out the public Xbox One firmware update for the month of April, which adds the What's On section in the menu for the US, UK and Canada markets and offers a number of improvements for other features.

Here's what's included in this month's update:

  • Party chat improvements – Additional icons and notifications within the party chat experience to help you understand your connection and microphone status. The party app will help you get your microphone enabled and show you when privacy settings or networking issues are blocking communication with particular party members.
  • Game hub links – You'll see activity feed items when any of your friends follow a game, and you'll also be able to get back to a game's hub from activity feed posts related to the game – including feed items about the game's achievements, game clips and screenshots.
  • Achievement notifications – With this update, you'll also see the achievement's description in the notification so you know what you did to earn this achievement without having to open the achievements app.
  • What's On – The What's On area is now available for Xbox One users in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. In it, you'll find links to popular videos, games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts and clips, along with Trending TV shows if you have configured OneGuide for your Xbox One console.

Microsoft released an update for Xbox One preview members in late March that added support for voice messages along with dedicated servers for party chat. Microsoft stated today that those two new features won't be a part of this month's public Xbox One update "as we continue to fine-tune them based on feedback from preview program members."

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham