Marc Whitten – Xbox One’s Chief Product Officer – has taken to Xbox Wire to announce the console’s forthcoming system updates, which they say will help “make Xbox One better, faster than ever before.”
The first update, in response to customer feedback, will roll out on February 11th, and is set to introduce something which was oddly omitted at launch – the ability to manage the Xbox One’s storage.
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.
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As well as being able to let you actually know what’s going on with your hard drive, the February 11th update will also let you know what’s going on with your controller’s battery pack – another feature which seemed to exist on 360 previously, and didn’t, for whatever reason, make it to the One’s launch.
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.
Officially, there’s also “stability updates”, “improvements to the quality of Kinect voice” and USB Keyboard support, plus “several surprises” in there too, but we’ll have to wait and see what exactly they turn out to be.
Finally, 3 weeks later – on March 4th – there will be a second system update, one which Xbox say is in preparation for the multi-player extravaganza that is Titanfall. This update will contain “many new features and improvements, most significantly to our party and multiplayer systems”.