After listening to the community, Xbox has decided to release the biggest update yet. Microsoft is calling it “The New Xbox One Experience” that will focus more on games and gamers. Although Microsoft will enhance social media aspects, their main concern is power and flexibility.
As for power, the console will now run on Windows 10 to allow “gaming features to run up to 50% faster”. Additionally, the speed will enhance usability for capturing screenshots, creating parties, and a gaming DVR for sharing.
Perhaps the biggest news is the added backwards compatibility. “At no extra charge” players can pop in their old 360 favorites. And in multiplayer, Xbox 360 and Xbox One players can actually play together. Microsoft also announced that with the update, they are releasing a “greatest games lineup” in the Xbox history.
The new design will also bring commonly accessed features, such as “Start a Party” and “System Notifications” to the forefront to make switching between tasks easier. Other elements such as the Store and OneGuide have also been redesigned for “optimization”.
Microsoft will release the update first to Preview members to gather feedback and then to other groups, one at a time to provide the best performance possible upon release.