Xbox One updates to improve Kinect, multiplayer features

A February update will beef up the Kinect's voice recognition, while another one in March will enhance the console's party and multiplayer features.

The Xbox One One is set for two major fixes coming soon.
The Xbox One One is set for two major fixes coming soon. CNET

Xbox One users can expect two major updates to hit their consoles over the coming weeks.

Revealed by Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten in a blog on Wednesday, the first update will launch on February 11 with several fixes and features. Whitten promises improvements to the Kinect's voice recognition so it can better respond to your commands. Unspecified stability and product updates are also part of the package, as are behind-the-scenes enhancements for developers.

More specifically, Xbox One users will be able to view and manage their storage space, choose the order in which certain content loads, and monitor updates as they install. A battery power indicator will show you how much life is left on your controller. And you'll be able to use a USB keyboard with your console.

Scheduled for March 4, the second update is designed to prepare the Xbox One for the launch of "Titanfall," an online, multiplayer game. As such, the update will offer new features and improvements related to the console's party and multiplayer features.

In his blog, Whitten didn't address specific complaints from Xbox One owners, who have griped about installation issues, video playback bugs, and missing features. But he did indicate that more updates will be on the way.

"This post is the first of many announcements and sneak peeks at features in the system updates," Whitten said. "We've been carefully listening to your feedback and look forward to delivering many new features that will make Xbox One even better. We're just getting started and can't wait to share more information in the coming weeks."

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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