Today, Microsoft officially detailed what features will be making their way to the Xbox One via the July update. While this update isn’t nearly as major as the June update that allowed developers to access GPU power in the Xbox One initially reserved for Kinect, this update still comes with some interesting new functionality.
The one main feature coming with this software update is the ability to use Snap Mode for Achievements. Snap Mode is an Xbox One feature that allows users to snap applications alongside a main tab and essentially multitask. With the update, users will be able to track their achievements without leaving their game in progress. The app also features tips to aid users in unlocking difficult achievements.
The achievement snap functionality is demonstrated in the video officially released by Microsoft:
The update also adds new SmartGlass features. Xbox One users will be able to “like” Game DVR clips and activity feed items via the SmartGlass application. SmartGlass is somewhat of a companion application to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for mobile devices.
Publishers will gain the ability to release digital bundle and disc compilations with the new update. Xbox One gamers in Austria, New Zealand and Ireland will be able to select voice control using English or German voice models once the update lands. As of right now, there is no official release date for this update.
The recent roll out of Xbox One updates are a good sign. It shows that Microsoft is committed to improving the platform, likely in the hopes of catching up to the PS4 in worldwide sales. Sony’s PS4 is currently the best selling console of this generation, outselling both the Xbox One and the Wii U worldwide, which is quite impressive.
Microsoft appears to be rolling these updates out in order to improve the user interface of the Xbox One. It’s common knowledge that the Xbox One user interface is somewhat of a mess right now, so it’s good to see Microsoft improve the usability of the console.