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The next Xbox One system update will add new social features on Feb. 19

All Xbox One owners will be able to download a new feature update for the console starting on Friday, Feb. 19. The update includes many new features that have been available for members of the Xbox Preview program.

Here's the long breakdown of what's new in the Xbox One February update:

  • See who's in a Party: On Xbox One, you will now be able to see who's in a Party before joining. When you click on a friend who is in a Party from the friend tab of the guide, you'll be able to see who else they're playing with. Click the 'Chat' menu which appears immediately below your friend's gamertag; this will show "See who's in the Party" and list the gamertags of all the people in the Party.
  • Gamerscore Leaderboard: On Xbox One, from your profile in the guide, click My achievements and the restored Gamerscore Leaderboard will display. Through the Gamerscore Leaderboard, see where you stand relative to your friends by comparing total Gamerscore, as well as biggest gains over a rolling 30-day period. Click on the Gamerscore Leaderboard to view this information for all of your friends.
  • Re-arrange Pins on Home and access them offline: Many of you have told us that you want Pins on your Xbox One Home to be easier to organize. You will now be able to rearrange individual pins. Just press 'Y' on a pinned item and, once it blinks, you can move it around. We've also made Pins accessible for launching when you are offline.
  • Updating Activity Feed on Xbox One: Your Activity Feed on Xbox One will inform you when there are new items in your feed. Clicking the link will take you to the top of your feed where you'll see a run-down of the newest posts, so that you always have the freshest content at your fingertips.
  • Hide games from 'ready-to-install' list: Fans asked that we re-enable the ability to hide content like betas, trials, games, and apps that they no longer want to install. Now, you'll be able to start using this feature again.
  • 'Use a code' shortcut in the Xbox One Store: Redeem 5×5 codes quicker while on your Xbox One console by tabbing over to the Store and using the new 'Use a code' shortcut. To the right of 'Games store' and 'Search game store,' the 'Use a code' link will enable you to enter retail codes directly from the dashboard.
  • Joinable Twitch Broadcasts: Many of you have asked for it to be easier to watch your friend's game broadcasts. Now, Game Hubs as well as the game tile will allow you to easily launch Twitch.tv broadcasts if friends are broadcasting.
  • Improvements to Suggested Friends: Looking for people who you might know on Xbox or top content creators to follow? Check out the new Friend Suggestions area in Community and the Friends list in the Guide on Xbox One. Friend Suggestions include the gamertag, real name (if shared), gamerpic or Xbox Avatar image, and the reason the suggestion was made to you. Click through from the suggestion to view the member's full profile and choose to grow your friends list.
  • Program the hotkeys for your Xbox One Chatpad: We're making it easier for you to access your favorite apps with your Xbox Chatpad. This month's release includes an interface which allows you to set the X1 and X2 functions on the Chatpad keypad. Just plug your Chatpad into your controller and navigate to Settings. In the Devices & accessories area of Settings, select the controller that the Chatpad is connected to and choose the desired functions for the X1 and X2 keys from the drop down box. The current hotkey defaults are 'take screenshot' (X1) and 'record that' (X2).
  • Avatar Store: Equip your avatar with the latest avatar items in the newly-integrated 'Avatar Store'. On the console, the Store is built right into the Xbox Avatars app and on Windows 10 PCs and phones, access the Store through the Xbox Avatars app. Get access to the entire catalog of new and oldie-but-goodie items, including free items. As you're perusing catalogs, enjoy the ability to preview the items on your avatar real-time before you buy.
  • Xbox News: Xbox News is a one-stop source for all the latest information about new hardware, console updates, game releases, tournaments like the Halo World Championship, breaking entertainment content, and more. This month, on both the Xbox app and Xbox One, you'll be able to see Xbox News posts in your activity feed, making it easier than ever to stay up-to-date on all things Xbox.
  • Xbox Accessories App: New updates to the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One and Windows 10 make adjusting your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller easier. As soon as you open the app, you will now see how each unique setting is mapped to your Profile Switch slots in greater detail. There are also collapsible menu options and design updates that let you view all your editing options on one page. Finally, we've made improvements to the thumbstick adjustments by allowing you to change the intensity of each sensitivity curve, and also made trigger and vibration settings more visually intuitive.
  • Improvements to Trending: Across Xbox One and the Xbox app, you'll notice a new access point for Trending items to the right of the Community tab on your console and in the left menu area of the Xbox app. This gets you to a dedicated Trending landing page with the most popular topics across Xbox Live surfaced at the top, followed by an assortment of trending videos, screenshots, achievements, and more that members across the community have created or unlocked. Consider friending or following publishers of content that you would like to see more of.
  • Suggested friends: On both Xbox One and the Xbox app, we're making it easier to get details on your suggested friends. Starting this month, if you click 'see all' or double tap on the shortlist of friend suggestions in any scenario, you will be pointed to a full-screen view of all suggested friends.

The Xbox One update will follow the Xbox app update for Windows 10 which went live earlier this week.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

56 Comments
  • FINALLY Offline pins!!!
  • Just a pity we can't move them TO THE TOP where we want them instead of at the a$$ end of the UI thanks to that retarded NXOE thing.
  • Press the right trigger to go to the end of the page.
  • What's better about the use a code option? Was never more than a step or two away. Just say Xbox use a code then you're done!
  • If you have kinnect sure, most Xbox one users do not.
  • Seeing who is in a party before you join is a great feature!
  • Ota tv dvr please!!
  • It will be here eventually, just be patient.
  • Forget OTA, we need support for network CableCard tuners like the Ceton or HDHomerun Prime. Icing on the cake would be support for recording to a network share instead of just a USB drive..
  • ^this please. And then I'll stop complaining about the death of Windows Media Center.
  • Waiting on that background music still. Hopefully it hits Preview soon.
  • I'm guessing that it won't be available until the Redstone update.
  • It takes a long time to implement a feature that the original Xbox had.  
  • Ha ha, to true
  • I believe Phil Spencer said not to expect it before E3 2016.
  • I know, and it's insane to think that they couldn't get it done within 2 years of launch.
  • This may seem strange but I would have rather they actually finshed the Xbox one before releasing it. Lol. It's literally retarded that music can't be played in the background and that they wont partner with Spotify since they have their own crappy music service that noone uses.
  • I think what makes it so odd is that they pushed entertainment so hard as a major aspect of the platform, but dumped that feature. It probably would have come sooner if they didn't gut and rebuild the UI, then work to port it to W10 base code, but such is life. Spotify, that's a two-way street. They had their own platform for music when the 360 was out, yet you had music services on the 360. It could be that Spotify is choosing to not publish an app, or it could be that they're waiting for the Xbox Store to add Universal Apps, at which point we get something that operates on all W10-based platforms, as we saw showed off last Build.
  • How about releasing a dual tv tuner for the Xbox one and Dvr support.
  • So I take it Microsoft is done with Xbox 360, and the millions who own it should fu©k off and buy an Xbox One if you don't like it?!
  • Yes. It's a 10 years old console. Please buy a new "One" =)
  • Yes. It's an 11 year old system, you can't expect them to keep adding new features to it.
  • Well... Yeah, kinda. They are done with the 360, it's been replaced. The Xbox 360 is over a decade old. It's successor has been out nearly 3 years now. Microsoft doesn't sell 360 consoles anymore, it's not a money earner on it's own (just Live from 360 owners) so why should they pay out to support it after all this time? They can't support all of their products for ever, this is technology, if you buy anything electronic you have to expect it to run out of support at some point. The entire point is that Xbox 360 owners move to an Xbox One. Unless, of course, that was just joking sarcasm. Covering myself here because I genuinely can never tell.  
  • Lol. Time to move on dude.
  • The Xbox 360 was released in 2005. I believe it's the longest supported console ever, or it's up there with the PS2.
  • I mean, they DID just update the youtube app, and there is a preview program for 360, the addition of 2TB hdd isn't that old. So maybe you should fu#k off if you don't like less updates on a decade old system.
  • It's not like your Xbox 360 suddenly stopped working though... But either way, yeah, f*ck off.
  • As someone who owns 2 Xbox 360s, please fu©k off. Time to move on.
  • I have two 360s in addition to my One. Use them as media streaming devices.
  • Sounds like a really good update!
  • no improvements to voice commands and skype? it's been crap since the new interface, I can't call my favorites by name anymore
  • Wait for Cortana. Can't wait
  • I AM waiting for Cortana, since it is still not available in any form here.
    But my Xbox experience is worse with the new interface, it's really bothering me that MS has abandoned Kinect after all that (false) commitment. Again. The "Xbox On" voice command is another broken promise, it's still restricted to very few regions.
  • "Hide games from 'ready-to-install' list and Re-arrange Pins on Home and access them offline" eeeeeeeeee
  • Yep, these are the two silly little things that will make a big difference to me!
  • Perfect!
  • Can they please fix the ridiculously long sign-on splash screen? It takes almost 5 minutes for that screen to go away. I know you can bypass it, but it is the most annoying thing when someone else is using it and they believe they can't get past it until that animation is gone.
  • I saw that once. I just held down the physical button on my console until it hard rebooted. I never say it again. I think it's a bug. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Put your xbox in energy saving mode and restart it. I have literally never had the sign in screen take long than a 10 seconds. It's good to turn off and unplug your Xbox once in a while.
  • You mean take it out of energy saver mode. Energy saver mode is what makes it take forever to start and it hard shuts off each time.
  • Where's my promised DVR?!?
  • Hmm makes me want to buy a chatpad now
  • If you use it with an Elite controller you have to be a weightlifter to be able to even pick the thing up.
  • Guess I never realized my own strength, because I don't find the combo heavy at all.
  • Sadly leaderboads from before nxoe looked better. Still no way to map .com to chat pad.
  • EVERYTHING looked better before NXOE
  • Shouldn't they have did this at the beginning of the week instead of the weekend when everyone is going to be getting on in case there are problems caused by the update!!?
  • This update was flighted to preview members some time back. So for what it's worth, I had no problems with it.
  • How about the ability to hide Movies and TV shows that I don't want in my list anymore!
  • The more easily customisable pins is one thing I've been waiting for for a while
  • Be nice if they let people arrance/move their pins so they're right at the top, you know, where they are useful, instead of being shoved down at the bottom because cleary "nobody wants to actually use their system for games they bought so lets hide their stuff and make it annoying to launch anything except the games you have only just played". Stupid anti-gaming idiots now run that division it would seem.
  • use your right trigger and it will take you to your pins....i thought it was weird too at first but its not bad now.
  • That doesn't negate the fact that they should allow people to pin to the top.
  • It's literally ONE button push away from the home screen. Oh, the SUFFERING!!!!
  • Miracast.
  • Nice update!