Rejoice, Xbox One owners! Finally, Microsoft is bringing back some of its last gen features into it’s next gen console.
In a post this morning on Xbox Wire by Marc Whitten, he tells that two (yes, TWO!) system updates will be rolling out soon, with one headed to us next week on the 11th, and the next on March 4, to prepare us for Titanfall. In the announcement, he details some of what we can expect to see in the system update, two of which I know MANY Xbox One owners have been clamoring for since the system’s release:
The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.
USB Keyboard functionality with your console is nice, don’t get me wrong, but the big items here are the ability to see and manage your content, and the battery power indication for the controller. Since the Xbox One’s release, many fans and bystanders were curious as to why Microsoft would leave out the option to look at and manage your own hard drive’s space. At the time, their response was that the system itself monitors space, and it would notify you if you were low. However, something (maybe the public outcry?) must have happened for Microsoft to reverse its decision.
Another extremely useful feature is back as well, in the ability to see what your controllers batter power is. While it may not be a big deal to most, there were some who complained about the fact that you couldn’t simply check your battery levels with a press of the Xbox’s guide button, as you could on the 360. It seems like Microsoft has listened to those who protested, and is working to make the One a better system.
As for the March 4 update, all Whitten has given us is that it is in preparation for Titanfall, a game which he claims “is expected to be the biggest game launch of the year”, we will receive another update for the Xbox. As Marc states, “This update will contain many new features and improvements, most significantly to our party and multiplayer systems.”
As someone who wasn’t exactly impressed (and is still a bit weary) by the Xbox One, it is nice to see that Microsoft knows what the issues of its console are, and for the time being, it looks like they are actively trying to fix them for the public.