Microsoft have begun putting out new features for their Xbox One Summer Update, which introduces a number of features including the Cortana assistant and background music. Its newest features include Language Region Independence and a new Xbox app for Android and iOS. For a full breakdown of the update’s new features, check out the list below.

Xbox One

  • Background music is available today. Pandora is the first of many partners who will support background music. Groove Music, iHeartRadio, and many others will be coming later on.
  • Cortana assistant is now available in the US and UK. Cortana is more than simple Kinect voice commands, utilizing natural language and text dictation. A headset or Kinect can be used to find new games, keep in touch with friends, start a party, perform common tasks, and turn the Xbox One on and off. Over time, Cortana will be modified and improved for the best performance.
  • The Game Collection interface is being revamped to make it quick and easy to to launch games. Sorting and management is now much easier.
  • Language Region Independence allows gamers to choose any supported language regardless of geographical location.
  • The Xbox and Windows stores are being combined to allow for a single cohesive experience across both platforms. Players will be able to filter results by genre and rating, read user reviews, and easily sort through sale prices.

The Windows Store has a number of new features. Support is being added so that players can browse and purchase bundles, episodic games, season passes, virtual currency, and other game add-ons and DLC. Xbox Tokens, subscriptions, and games are also available through the Windows Store.

  • Connect your Facebook account to your Xbox Live account and find your Xbox-playing friends. Facebook login will only be required one time, since it works simultaneously for Xbox, Windows 10, Android, and iOS.
  • Sharing is now easier on Xbox One. Upload screenshots, GameDVR clips, and achievements right from home.

Xbox app and Windows 10 PC Gaming

  • Top Windows 10 PC games show up on Xbox Live. Games like League of Legends and XCOM 2 now have their own game hubs on Xbox Live. Whether you’re on Xbox One, Windows 10, or a mobile device, you’ll be able to see what PC games your friends are playing, share screenshots and clips, and message each other.
  • 60 fps game clip recording is now feasible using the Game Bar. This update is available now
  • The Windows 10 Game DVR will now support more games running in full-screen via the Windows Game Bar. Support for six additional games in full-screen mode has been added. These include League of Legends, World of Warcraft, DOTA 2, Battlefield 4, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Diablo III. This update is now available.
  • The Xbox app is now available on iOS and Android. This app brings together friends, accomplishments, and games all on one device. It makes it easy to stay connected to your Microsoft gaming network on the go.

Microsoft will continue their Summer Update throughout the season. Player feedback will be taken into consideration for each gradual update. Be sure to make suggestions using Xbox Feedback. Be on the lookout for the Xbox Live holiday update as well, which adds new features such as Looking For Group (LFG), Clubs, Arena, and more.

  • Ben Grimm

    None of that background music crap works as of yet