Microsoft have just started to roll out the latest update to Xbox One, with this significant update that includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features. This update means next week when you start to play Titanfall, you will be able to broadcast any game you like from the 11th March when the Twitch update app arrives next Tuesday (11th March).
Improved Multiplayer & Party chat
Cross title party chat
Party chat on by default
Easier multiplayer invites
Easier multiplayer joining
Ability to see what the people in your party are doing
Improved Friends List + Profile
Improved friends list utility & speed of access
Ability to see people you recently played games with
See when friends are broadcasting, including live broadcast thumbnails in activity feed
Get to a friend’s profile faster using type-ahead suggestions
Contextual app menu actions on friends list and activity feed items
Enabled more multiplayer (join and invite) actions on user profiles
54 new contest-winning gamerpics
Twitch TV live streaming support
Broadcast gameplay on Twitch.TV through Xbox LIVE (When the updated Twitch app ships next week.)
Voice support for starting and ending broadcast
Bringing out social in home
See favourite friends currently online
See friends broadcasting gameplay
Miscellaneous shell improvements
Improved notification centre experiences including “quiet mode”
View Game Clips while in snap mode
Protect user settings with passkey
Control Bing and Google maps with gesture and controller
Quick search when highlighting a term on a page
When searching from Bing search on the console, direct link to Internet Explorer in order to see additional web results.
New Devices – Driver and Firmware updates
Firmware update to the Xbox One controller to support the Xbox One stereo headset adapter
Support for 1st and 3rd party headsets
Driver updates for the Xbox One Media Remote
Push notification to your device for Xbox Live messages
Quickly see what a friend is doing including presence and recent
Enhanced viewing of personal and a friend’s game progress and clips
Ability to close snap from SmartGlass
50Hz fix – users can set the Live TV app to display at 50Hz for full or fill modes
Volume up/down adjustments – user can tailor the number of volume increments when using “volume up” or “volume down” commands
IR blasting of power & volume to TVs/AVRs in all regions
AVR setup maps to include model number for most sound bars or AVRs when setting up TV
Improved Audio output support
SPDIF (optical out) now supports 5.1 Dolby Digital – enabling devices such as sound bars with only Optical In to be able to receive 5.1 Dolby Digital from console over optical
HDMI output now supports stereo uncompressed, 5.1 uncompressed, 7.1 uncompressed or 5.1 Dolby Digital live or 5.1 DTS
Today Turn 10 announced that Alpinestars is bringing its signature flair to “Forza Motorsport 5”.
In the newest car pack for the game, Alpinestars has inspired an all-new collection of cars, each of which has been built from the ground up for the new generation.
The Alpinestars Car Pack includes ten amazing vehicles for Forza 5 players to collect, race, and customise.
Fans of vintage American muscle can power their way past the competition in the 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe, while speed demons can chase new lap records in the 2011 Radical SR8 RX or the 2012 Ultimate GTR720. Featuring track-bred racers, luxury sedans, classic cruisers, and more, the Alpinestars Car Pack’s well-rounded selection has something to please car fans of every stripe.
Founded in 1963, Alpinestars began manufacturing hiking and ski boots but quickly found a niche in developing high performance protective gear for automotive and motorcycle racing.
Over the years, Alpinestars has become a trusted brand in action sport clothing for MotoGP, Motocross, Formula One and NASCAR. The brand’s Nomex suits protect from flames and high heat and have been used by champions such as Fernando Alonso and Jimmie Johnson. Even Top Gear’s Stig wears branded Alpinestars racing gear from head-to-toe.
The Alpinestars Car Pack (included as part of the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass) is now available for £5.99 and includes all ten cars, with the 1999 Toyota #3 Toyota Motorsports GT-ONE TS020 immediately accessible in your Forza Motorsport 5 garage. Each car can also be individually purchased, a la carte, in the marketplace.
Peggle 2 is coming for the Xbox 360, on the 7th May worldwide. Not only will the game include the lovable Peggle Masters that players have gotten a chance to work alongside, but the Xbox 360 version will have multiplayer Duel Mode so players can challenge their friends on the couch or online.
Peggle 2 has become more magical with the first installment of downloadable content available today for Xbox One, which features the awesome multiplayer Duel Mode – a profound new experience that’s completely and utterly free. In a smart match, a private match or just relaxing on the couch, players can now compete against each other on the same board and take turns shooting pegs and demolishing bricks in an ultimate test of Peggle skill. Which mighty Peggle Master will you pick? And who will reach the heights of Extreme Fever first? You’ll have to play Duel Mode to find out!
“With all the excitement from our fans in December at launch we knew we wanted to continue growing the Peggle universe starting with more content and then expand onto the Xbox 360,” said John Vechey, General Manager at PopCap Games. “By offering the addition of Duel Mode, our fans will be able to challenge their friends continuously to find out who is ultimate ‘Peggle Master’.”
Just as in the classic original, Peggle 2 combines elements of pinball, pachinko and billiards and adds liberal doses of whimsy, fun, excitement and challenge – not to mention rainbows and a fifth of Beethoven.
Peggle 2 will be available for Xbox 360 starting on May 7 in North America and in Europe.
Once a TV staple, music videos are now primarily housed on the internet, where easy access is key. With that philosophy in mind, we’re bringing that easy discoverability to your music viewing experience on Xbox One and introducing more than 92,000 music videos to Xbox Music.
Rock out to a new playlist, create a Radio stream based on your favourite artist or pick a random track from your collection with Xbox Music on Xbox One, and if the song has a music video, watch it play automatically in sharp HD on your TV.
The process is simple. Find your playlist, say “Xbox Play,” and watch the videos appear on screen.
Starting today, Team Dakota has expanded the Project Spark Beta Program onto Xbox One. That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of designers to create and share new worlds or jump into other community creations to play or remix their creations.
Since the “Project Spark” Beta released on Windows 8.1 devices in December 2013, more than 250,000 fans signed up – with hundreds of new requests daily – taking advantage of the game’s revolutionary toolset to create custom adventures and unique worlds such as “Pinball Raid!,” “Blaze Jumper,” and “Colour.”
Here are a few questions asked from the Project Spark team
What does the Xbox One version of the Project Spark beta bring to the program?
The Xbox One version of Project Spark adds Performance Capture support with Kinect. Record your own animations and voice Make your custom moves, record voice over and customize your creations before you share them with the community across Xbox One and Windows 8. The Xbox One version also allows players to play their creations on their big screen at home. You can easily save your creation to the cloud and seamlessly play or create on either Windows 8 or Xbox One. Additionally, Project Spark automatically translates standard controls from Windows 8 mouse and keyboard to Xbox One controller and vice versa.
What’s a good starting point for new Project Spark creators?
Users can dive right into what the community has made, use Crossroads which lets them play as they create their own adventure, or play the interactive tutorials and learn how to make an adventure from scratch while building one.
What are some of the best creations you’ve seen in the beta so far?
The community has blown us away with their creations in the few months that Project Spark has been in Windows 8 beta. Some of our favorites are a wall jumper titles ‘Blaze Jumper,’ a visually stunning artistic showcase titled ‘Colour,’ and ‘Pinball Raid!’
How do folks sign up for the Project Spark beta?
It is simple! Go to http://www.projectspark.com/ and enter your email. You will be notified when your beta admittance is ready and you can install Project Spark and begin to create and play!
Today Microsoft has added almost 70 developers to the list of successful ID@Xbox applicants, which now spans over 200 developers in total. With developers that include Playdead, developer of Limbo, Ska Studios, developer of Charlie Murder and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, and The Behemoth, creator of Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater.
“It has been an exciting couple months for ID@Xbox,” reads a post by Chris Charla, program director, on the Xbox NewsWire. “We created this program to make it easy for independent developers to bring their innovative ideas to Xbox One, and the response from the community continues to be amazing!”
There are apparently “thousands” of applicants to ID@Xbox, which was unveiled last summer. “This list is by no means exhaustive,” cautions Charla. “It’s just a sample of the many independent developers who will be bringing their games to Xbox One.”
Here is a updated list upto 27th February
A Crowd of Monster
Big Ant Studios
Brain in a Jar
Cherry Pop Games Ltd
Empty Clip Studios
Four Door Lemon Ltd
Glass Bottom Games
Humble Hearts LLC
I Fight Bears
iSquared Games Ltd
Mighty Rabbit Studios
Smudged Cat Games Ltd
Tiny Castle Studios
Vertigo Games BV
The first ID@Xbox games are apparently in certification now – according to an earlier report, they’ll release in March.
Today Dice and EA have released DICE new Battlefield 4 patches for the PC and Xbox One versions of the game. Also DICE plans to roll out the first part of the pre game lobby feature ‘Platoons’ on Tomorrow 27th, February. But unlike many of the modern multiplayer shooters which feature pre game lobby systems, but will Battlefield 4 offers no way for players to group up in-game before joining matches, making it difficult for friends to stick together. Dice and EA hoping the Platoons will fix the problem with group of friends play Battlefield 4 together.
Feb 25 PC game update notes
Fix for the so called “sound loop crash” issue that caused the game to freeze
Fix for an issue that sometimes prevented players from shooting while in the gunner position of a vehicle
Fix for the headshot icon appearing incorrectly at non-headshot deaths, such as suicide or dying of an explosion
General stability improvements
General stability and performance improvements
Fix for an issue that caused the sky/fog to be either too bright or too dark when Mantle was used
Added on-screen video memory utilization statistics with “Render.DrawScreenInfo”
Feb 25 Xbox One game update notes
Fix for an issue where spawning into, or switching to, a gunner seat in an IFV/MBT sometimes could cause the game to crash
Fix for a crash that could occur when signing out as an active user
Fix for missing sound in Team/Squad Deathmatch
Fix for an issue in the Defuse game mode, where a bomb carrier would be permanently spotted
Decreased the rate at which the kill card would incorrectly display 0 health, while the enemy was clearly alive
Fix for an invisible wall that was incorrectly present in one of the fallen concrete pipes on Zavod 311
Fix for an issue where bullet impact sounds weren’t properly matching the actual number of impacts, causing the players to feel that they died too quickly.
Fix for an issue where the “Draw” message would not display on-screen once a Conquest round ended with both teams having the same amount of tickets
Fix for an issue where long IDs wouldn’t scroll on dog tags
Fix for missing grass physics in terrain
Fix for an issue that would appear if a 10 users party would join a game with 8 available slots, leaving 2 of the players stuck on the loading screen
Fix for an issue where the player camera would be positioned inside of the soldier when parachute spawning
Fix for a MAV exploit that let players reach various out-of-map locations
Today Microsoft has released a preview video which details some of the new features and enhancements coming in next month’s Xbox One firmware update. The March update will include to have a improved party chat functionality and friends list features.
With the start from next month, Xbox One player parties will have party chat enabled by default a change spurred by frequent user requests. The Xbox One’s improved interface will clearly differentiate between in-game competing players and cross-game chat within parties, and party invitations will specify player requests for chat, gameplay, or both.
Now the players will also be able to check on what their friends are doing more quickly from next month’s update, as the friend status can now be accessed with three button presses or even a single voice command. This update introduces a message shortcut menu, and friends may now be identified as “favourites,” giving them priority and list placement over followers and acquaintances.
Microsoft has now confirmed that Twitch is coming to Xbox One from 11th March .
At last the Twitch gameplay streaming is coming to the Xbox One next month, according to the Associated Press. With this report it says the feature, which has been available on the PS4 since launch but not on the Xbox One, is scheduled to be patched in when Respawn’s Titanfall is released in North America on 11th March and the 14th March in the UK. So look for the patch in the next Xbox One update coming around the 4th March.
With Twitch on Xbox One it will also allow users to archive games streams and initiate streaming broadcasts via voice commands.
“It’s complete integration,” Twitch CEO Emmett Shear told the AP. “It’s exciting because we’ve never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration.
With the idea of being able to join a broadcasters’ party is really cool, and it’s another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters.
“That’s a very certain type of experience,” said Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Medhi of Twitch on PS4. “For us, we thought that was too limiting for what our fans would want. Our fans really want the full next-gen service, so that’s why we decided to take our time, do it right and have it come out in this fashion.”
Starting this Friday (28th February) Xbox One in the UK , will get a new UK estimated retail price (ERP) of Xbox One will be £399.99/€499.99, and only after 90 plus days from launch. Xbox One including Titanfall will also be available for pre-order from today at the same price of £399.99/€499.99.
Harvey Eagle, Marketing Director, Xbox UK said: “At Xbox, we believe there’s never been a better time to join the new console generation. To help our fans do just that, Xbox One will be available at the new UK estimated retail price (ERP) of £399.99 from this Friday 28th February. And while supplies last, fans will also get Titanfall – the most anticipated game of the year – included in the box.”
The Titanfall offer comes with special edition Titanfall packaging and includes an Xbox One console, Kinect sensor, standard Xbox One wireless controller, standard Xbox One Chat Headset, one month of Xbox Live Gold membership and a digital copy of Titanfall from Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts.
Also at the Microsoft event at Model World Congress, Joe Belfiore announced that Windows Phone 8.1 is coming around April with key hardware support changes such as: support for Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 200, 400, 400 LTE, TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA SGLTE and support for dual SIMs. On-screen buttons like on Android are now supported, allowing OEMs to make handsets without the three physical hardware buttons. Hardware camera shutter button is also no longer a requirement.
Now with Windows Phone 8.1, the users will now be able to apps on microSD cards.The Windows Phone 8.1 will be backwards with most of the existing Windows Phone 8 hardware on the market.
Microsoft also announce new hardware partners, with LG, Lenovo, ZTE, Xolo, Karbonn, Lava all onboard for Windows Phone 8.1 powered devices.
For those of you who love, there is some good news. Official Facebook Messenger app is coming to Windows Phone in the coming weeks.
Today Microsoft at Mobile World Congress announced the first update to Windows 8.1, with Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, who is responsible for phones, tablets, and PCs from Microsoft, it also revealed the update is coming “this spring” and will largely focused at improving the experience for mouse and keyboard Windows 8.1 users.
Joe Belfiore also confirmed that the update will include improvements like a title bar at the top of modern apps, and the power / search buttons on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen.
With Microsoft also says there will be “easy” launching and switching of apps via the Windows 8.1 taskbar, alongside new mouse UI for right-click and closing apps. It’s clear this is largely designed for mouse and keyboard users, and Belfiore admits Microsoft has heard the complaints.
“Some of those touch affordances weren’t really tuned as well as we could do for those mouse and keyboard users,” says Belfiore. “We found people weren’t aware of where they should look in the UI. Those are the things we’ve really started to improve for this update coming this spring.”
With the spring update for Windows 8.1 will also allow OEMs to lower their specifications for devices. Also Joe Belfiore says PC makers will be able to use just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage in future Windows 8.1 devices, this is a big change that will help bring lower price points.
Microsoft haven’t named the update today, but internally it’s known as “Update 1″ for Windows 8.1. No exactly date when the update will become available, but the company is largely expected to detail it fully at the Build developer event in April before releasing it early that month.