Jack Naylor

Xbox One Sales Double in June 2014

Xbox One August Updates Add 3D, Last Seen & More

One of the best additions in the upcoming August patch is the feature which finally enables 3D Blu-ray playback, this means the in-build Blu-ray player in conjunction with a 3D TV can allow you to watch the latest movies in sharp scrip 3D. Great if you have a suitable Xbox One TV.

Activity feeds have also been improved; this includes new ways for you to interact with buddies through your activity feed.  The interface has been updated into a single column scrolling list that is much longer. They plan to add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on other users feed items. This means you can now share in-game video clips either publicly or privately using the private messaging system. You will now also be notified if anyone likes, comments on anything in your feed, this makes the whole process a lot more engaging.

The new activity feeds also include an expanded friend’s area on your Home-screen. This makes it much easier to see your friends online at a glance. This includes top games played, Gamerscore leader board and also their current activity.

Microsoft have also added mobile purchase, this was one of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase. This means you can have instant access to the latest content pre-ordered on the move.

Finally two quality of life improvements for the console, the first a Low battery notification to warn you when your controller is running low on battery and also the ability to disable notifications when you’re watching a movie or video. These are two improvements which we have been calling for since day one, personally I would consider these basic features of a console but we are glad to see that Microsoft have finally decided to include them.

There are a couple of other improvements but we won't cover them in dept because they mainly these cover TV guide features for non-UK countries such as Brazil and Ireland.

Overall we are happy with the developments we have seen since Xbox’s release last year, the latest round of improvements will mean that watching movies and interacting with friends have been streamlined. This is great if you recently purchased a new TV for Xbox One, or if you have recently purchased an Xbox One on Credit.

Let us know what you think of the improvements using our comments form below.

Microsoft to lift Xbox Live Gold restrictions from streaming media apps?

There are rumours spreading around the internet today that finally Microsoft may be listening to its users and are planning to remove the Xbox One Gold Restrictions surrounding streaming media apps on its marketplace.

Up to now it has been a requirement for users to have paid the Xbox Live Gold subscription fee before being able to access streaming media such as Netflix, however it’s now expected that just shortly before E3 they will announce that this restriction is to be lifted.

If I am honest then it’s always surprised me that Microsoft ever charged for access but then again it might even be the main reason some users subscribe, it is good news for those who currently subscribe to Netflix because their recent price changes did make it a little more expensive than it once was but at least now the Gold side of things is now optional.

Microsoft’s  Xbox Live service is available in two models the first a free “light” service and secondly a subscription-based service, known as Xbox Live Free and Xbox Live Gold respectively, with most features such as online gaming restricted to the Gold service. In the past the free service has been known as Xbox Live Silver.

In 2013 Xbox Live has 46 million users, this is an increase of about 15 per cent from around a year earlier, and no doubt this will only increase during 2014 as more users sign up on the back of purchasing the new Xbox One especially as there is now a range of consoles available on finance.

So what do you think, will the changes mean you still retain your Xbox One Live subscription? Let us know using the comments below.

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