Xbox One March update is a big one and brings the long-awaited screenshot feature and much more


Microsoft’s Larry Hryb has just announced the March update for Xbox One and it’s a big one.  It brings the long-awaited screenshot feature, suggested friends and a heck of a lot more.  This update will start rolling out to Xbox One preview members as early as tonight.

Screenshots – While playing a game, you can now take screenshots on your Xbox One console by simply double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller to capture a screenshot and pressing Y to save the screenshot. If your Xbox One is equipped with a Kinect, you can also say “Xbox Take a Screenshot” to take and save a screenshot.

Upload App – The Upload app is being updated so that you can manage your screenshots in addition to your game clips. You can use a screenshot as your background, by viewing the screenshot in full-screen mode from the Upload app, then, press the Menu button and select Set as background.

Suggested friends – With the suggested friends feature, the Friends area in home and your friends list will help you find and add friends. Suggested friends will include people you might know, so you add more friends to game with, and top community broadcasters and clip creators, so you can get more great content in your activity feed.

Sharing your name – We’re rolling out two new ways to share your real name; with all of your friends or to everyone in the Xbox Live community. You can also continue to share your real name with select friends, or with no one, if that’s what you prefer. Gamertags are still the primary method of identifying yourself on Xbox Live, but sharing your real name helps people recognize you who might not know you by your gamertag.

Tile transparency – We continue to listen to your feedback and are adding a setting to enable you to vary the level of transparency for your background images. Go to Settings -> My Xbox -> Tile transparency.

Privacy & online safety settings – We added a new setting for sharing voice search data to create an option for users to allow collection and analysis of voice data when they use Xbox – Bing to search.

Report spam – The Messages app has an added option to allow you to notify Xbox when you receive spam. You can now select a specific message, press the A button and then select Report -> Spam to report a specific message as spam.

OneGuide for Australia – Support for OneGuide will continue in preview in Australia for free-to-air TV listings.

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Australia – Xbox One owners in Australia with an Xbox Digital TV Tuner can now use it with the preview builds of this month’s release.

Source: Major Nelson

December Xbox One Update Will Be Small, Screenshot Feature & Faster Install Times Coming in 2015

Microsoft is apparently taking a break for the holidays as the head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirms to IGN that the Xbox team will release a small update for December. He believes the team has worked hard this year and everyone deserves a pause. “In December, it’s probably a time for us to pause for a little bit and settle just as all the new consoles are coming online.” according to Spencer.

See also: November update rolls out to Preview Members, brings many UI improvements and new features

He also notes that the Xbox One screenshot feature will not roll out this year because of many technical challenges around it – taking screenshots on Xbox One is not as simple as it seems. Even he admits he was initially baffled by why the team could not come up with a viable solution. “We can do video, how hard can it be to just grab a frame of the video?” Spencer says he asked the team jokingly. It turns out that screenshot quality is not the greatest when you simply clip a frame from the video.

Things are looking good however, as the Xbox team seems to be on the verge of breakthrough for this pestering problem. Spencer notes “It’s a little more technically challenging than I thought. Two weeks ago, they think they’ve found a good solution for screenshots. They’re working on it. They know people want it. The team has a path to getting it done, and now it’s just prioritizing.”

Spencer also tells IGN that they are all aware of the slower Xbox One install times and that they are working hard on improving that. He goes as far as saying that it is his personal priority.

Source: IGN

December Xbox One Update Will Be Small, Screenshot Feature & Faster Install Times Coming in 2015

Microsoft is apparently taking a break for the holidays as the head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirms to IGN that the Xbox team will release a small update for December. He believes the team has worked hard this year and everyone deserves a pause. “In December, it’s probably a time for us to pause for a little bit and settle just as all the new consoles are coming online.” according to Spencer.

See also: November update rolls out to Preview Members, brings many UI improvements and new features

He also notes that the Xbox One screenshot feature will not roll out this year because of many technical challenges around it – taking screenshots on Xbox One is not as simple as it seems. Even he admits he was initially baffled by why the team could not come up with a viable solution. “We can do video, how hard can it be to just grab a frame of the video?” Spencer says he asked the team jokingly. It turns out that screenshot quality is not the greatest when you simply clip a frame from the video.

Things are looking good however, as the Xbox team seems to be on the verge of breakthrough for this pestering problem. Spencer notes “It’s a little more technically challenging than I thought. Two weeks ago, they think they’ve found a good solution for screenshots. They’re working on it. They know people want it. The team has a path to getting it done, and now it’s just prioritizing.”

Spencer also tells IGN that they are all aware of the slower Xbox One install times and that they are working hard on improving that. He goes as far as saying that it is his personal priority.

Source: IGN