Microsoft has started rolling out the newest update for the Xbox One today. This October update focuses on stuff like new Snap and Friends functions, as well as bringing in improvements for TV and media consumption.
There’s a lot in the update, and it might not seem super flashy or important at first glance; but, it actually is. The biggest set of feature tweaks comes from Microsoft making it easier to navigate the console’s features without a Kinect enabled. That’s the first bit in the video above.
Also take, for instance, the added DLNA steaming support for the Xbox One’s media player. Anyone with a home network and a solid set of stored TV episodes and movies will want to take advantage of this one, and here’s how the Xbox Wire describes it:
Media Player DLNA and MKV support – The latest version of the Media Player app will now have support for DLNA streaming. With this update, you will be able to easily access and play music, watch photo slideshows or movies stored on home media servers and devices that support the DLNA server protocols. Additionally, you will now be able to playback MKV files stored on a USB device or a device on your home network that supports DLNA streaming.
You can even hide apps and games. Maybe you don’t want your little ones seeing something like The Evil Within in your system’s library. Or, maybe you’d rather not let your friends know that you actually spent real money on a console version of Angry Birds. Here’s the Xbox Wire once more.
Hide Games and Apps on your console – You can now hide items in the “Ready to install” list under My Games and Apps. This is a per-console setting and items will reappear in the list if they are installed again from the Xbox Store. To access the shortcut to temporarily show “hidden” items, press X while holding down both triggers and it will show all hidden items until you exit My Games and Apps.
So, like I said, the October update isn’t insanely snazzy or crazy, but it does provide some features that are actually useful. The Xbox One, like it or not, has been good in the department of updates. Microsoft seems like it is constantly listening to their users, and it has been tweaking its newest system’s firmware monthly in order to meet consumer demand.
That’s a good thing.