Xbox One February Update Reveals New Features

Bullet Jan 14, 2015

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    Xbox One February update is rolling out for those lucky enough to be on the preview scheme and it has some interesting features.
    In a recent interview between Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson and Richard Irving from the Xbox Engineering team they discuss the February Xbox One update and the talk about the new features such as Game Hubs, transparent tiles for custom backgrounds and more.

    Novembers update we see the introduction of custom backgrounds on the Xbox One, but we couldn't really enjoy them to the full extent due to the numerous tiles on the dash. Well that has been remedied on the latest dashboard update thanks to transparent tiles we can now appreciate more of our custom backgrounds. You can activate transparent tiles by going to Settings > My Xbox > My background.

    Perhaps one of the most interesting additions to February's system update is the 'Games Hub' which allows gamers to view and compare stats on Xbox One games. Every Xbox One game will have a game hub which will show your friends that are playing the game, it will feature leaderboards bringing a new dimension of competitiveness to your games. One of the Game Hubs features that really stands out for us is the broadcasts, and follow the game’s VIPs and top players.

    There is a lot of updates to the TV aspect of the Xbox One,

    We're releasing a lot of updates to the live TV experience and features are being released to additional countries in preview this month:

    OneGuide for the Netherlands – Support for OneGuide will continue in preview for the Netherlands and the missing channels for the Netherlands OneGuide listings will become available over the next few weeks.
    TV trending in OneGuide – As you scan the detailed OneGuide TV listings, you can see which shows are trending by a "Trending on Xbox" note and associated icon. Xbox – live TV trending is based on the number of Xbox One owners currently watching that show in each country, pulled from anonymous data collected at a national level. Currently, Xbox TV trending is available to all members in the U.S., UK and Canada.
    Live TV trending (new countries) – France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico will begin seeing live TV trending data in Xbox OneGuide.
    Improved control of TVs, set-top boxes and audio/video receivers – Xbox One will work even better with more devices. This month’s preview release contains updates to the IR blasting database for new models and addresses issues reported by our fan community.
    "Trick play" with Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – Preview members with the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in supported countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) will now be able to see video frames when fast-forwarding or rewinding paused TV on your Xbox One consoles.
    Live TV streaming on Windows Phone and Android – We are continuing the preview of live TV streaming on Windows Phone and Android devices for Xbox One Digital TV Tuner owners in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

    You can watch the whole reveal right here in the video below:

    What would you like to see in the next update, are there any features that the Xbox One desperately needs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2015

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