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Xbox One's next major update will focus on social features

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Xbox One's upcoming major update will focus on the console's social features, referred to as the "Live experience," Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten told Engadget at CES 2014, hinting that streaming services may roll out to the console before E3 2014.

"The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360," Whitten told Engagdet. "So you're gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we're going to fix those things. As a person who's been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it's harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren't right, and I don't like the model."

Game streaming functionality may roll out to the console before the upcoming E3, according to Whitten, who said that the timeframe "is not 100 percent." It was revealed via tweet from Twitch's official account earlier today that Xbox One's Twitch-based streaming capabilities, referred to as Direct Broadcasting, won't launch for "a few more months." A Microsoft representative told Polygon that the company is working to "ensure it is seamlessly implemented into our Xbox One experience over the coming months."

Going forward, Microsoft plans to roll out Xbox One updates faster but the console will still receive the larger dashboard updates. Other upcoming improvements, according to Whitten, will focus on the console's TV features and scaling them internationally.