April Xbox One Update Has Arrived with Some Absences

The April Xbox One update has arrived, huzzah! However not all expected features are included, not so huzzah!

The Xbox One’s April system update has arrived for the masses (those lucky Xbox Preview folks have already had it) introducing a whole host of new features.

Microsoft says that the update will make the Xbox One experience “even better”, with improvements to party chat, achievement notifications (for all your achievement whores out there), and a new “What’s On” area on the dashboard.

We thought we’d be super nice for you, so included the bullet points written by Microsoft.

  • 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.

Whilst all of this seems great, Microsoft did leave out voice messaging and dedicated servers for party chat, two features which they had previously stated would be party of the April update. Microsoft announced that these features would remain in preview for additional testing and didn’t provide any idea as to when Xbox fans can be expecting these features to be released in a public update.

Check out the video below for a few more details on the April update.

What do you think of the update? Is it a winner or does Microsoft need to focus on other features? Let us know in the comments below

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