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Xbox One's February system update starts rolling out

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Microsoft started rolling out the first new system features for Xbox One today, the slightly-delayed system update that brings with it better storage management, USB keyboard support, user interface tweaks and more.

Xbox One owners should expect to receive the update sometime this weekend, Microsoft's Larry Hryb explained in a post.

"For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use 'Instant On' (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying 'Xbox On'), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off," Hryb wrote. "This means now that we've made the February update available, the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time."

According to Xbox support, the latest version of the Xbox One system software adds the following new features:

  • Update to My Game & Apps to allow sorting of games and application lists, and separate queue lists for games, applications and installs
  • Ability to delete game and application save data
  • Improved installation and DLC management
  • Addition of the controller battery power indicator
  • Improved UI for accessing friends, achievements, messages, and party chat
  • Game DVR app to be included in the Xbox OneGuide as an app channel
  • Update to the boot progress indicators for system update
  • Improve consistency of UX for update & install progress
  • Separate game, application, and install queue lists
  • Addition of USB keyboard support

The update also includes a handful of stability and performance-related changes:

  • Improved NAT detection
  • Network Troubleshooter improvements
  • Blu-ray quality improvements
  • Significant performance and stability improvements

Microsoft also confirmed earlier this week that the update makes some slight changes to the Xbox One's thumbstick sensitivity.

Xbox One users who already have the update are also reporting that the system's sharpening filter has been updated, altering the way sub-1080p resolution games appear. We've reached out to Microsoft for clarification on that change.

Another Xbox One system update is slated to roll out in March, bringing with it improved multiplayer features in advance of the launch of Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall.

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