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Xbox One update rolls out tonight with friends notifications, Kinect refinements, headset adapter improvements

The Xbox One April update will begin rolling out to systems tonight and over the next few days, according to an announcement on the Major Nelson blog.

The latest update initially rolled out last month to users in Microsoft's beta program, an initiative that lets console owners test system updates prior to their official launch, and includes friend notifications, Blu-ray 50 Hz support, Kinect voice and motion improvements and more.

The friends notifications will allow users to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. According to Microsoft, friends notifications were made a priority in the April update as it was one of the most frequently requested features.The upcoming roll out will also identify friends in multiplayer games in the friends list and the ability to view friends' most popular apps.

Game and app changes include the addition of a progress bar and users will be able to easily view recent updates made to games and apps. Reduction in audio static and improvements to wireless connectivity will be introduced with controller and headset adaptor firmware updates.

Kinect voice and motion refinements will be added to improve the reliability of Xbox One commands. For instance, the updates will help reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands. The update will also increase video quality and add Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz.

Following this month's roll out, users won't be required to power on their console after an update. Consoles in Instant On mode will update automatically and return to standby upon completion. Users can also manually apply future updates when available without waiting for the console to do so with the On Demand option under system settings.

Xbox One's beta program kicked off in February to test system updates and gather feedback before they go live to all users. The February update included user interface improvements, while the March roll out introduced new multiplayer features to coincide with the release of Titanfall.