Xbox One system software

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Xbox One system software
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Xbox One system software
Company / developer Microsoft
OS family Windows, Hyper-V, Windows 8-based, Xbox OS[1]
Working state Current
Source model Closed source
Initial release November 22, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-11-22)
Latest release 6.2.11507.0 (xb_rel_1409.140826-2037) / August 28, 2014; 1 day ago (2014-08-28)
Available in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), English (Australia), English (Canada), English (New Zealand), English (Ireland), German (Germany), German (Austria), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), French (France), Italian (Italy), Portuguese (Brazil)[2]
Update method Direct Download
USB Recovery[3]
Platforms Xbox One
Preceded by Xbox 360
Official website Xbox.com

Xbox One Dashboard (or System Updates) is the updateable software and operating system for the Xbox One.[4] The updates can be downloaded from the Xbox Live service directly to the Xbox One and subsequently installed, or by using offline recovery images downloaded via a PC.[3]

The system software consists of three operating systems,[1] located on the internal HDD for day-to-day usage, while also being duplicated on the internal NAND storage of the console for recovery purposes and factory reset functionality.

The Xbox One game system allows users to download applications that add to the functionality of the dashboard. From June 2014 onwards, entertainment apps no longer require the user to be signed into a valid Xbox Live Gold account in order to use the features advertised for the given app.[5]

The current public version of the Xbox One system software is 6.2.11507.0, that was released on August 28, 2014.[6]

Planned upgrades[edit]

Through its Xbox Feedback website, Microsoft has been soliciting input from consumers on its features and taking requests for future additions to the console.[7] According to Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, system updates and feature sets for those updates are scheduled through October 2014.[8] Among the features most requested and expected in upcoming updates include:[7][8][9][10]

  • Ability to pre-load content that was purchased online prior to release, allowing players to access content immediately upon launch
  • Ability to stream TV content to a SmartGlass-enabled device
  • Ability to play content from DLNA-compliant devices
  • New on-screen guide for current channel content and ability to search listings without leaving current channel
  • Support for OneGuide with Xbox One Digital TV Tuner peripheral

Microsoft offers users the option to join a preview program that enables them to receive early builds of upcoming system updates and experiment with the features prior to the full launch.[11]

History of updates[edit]

Obsolete Current Beta
Table of versions: Xbox One Updates
Version Release date Availability Required? Description/Features

6.2.11507.0
(xb_rel_1409.140826-2037)[6]

August 28, 2014; 1 day ago (2014-08-28) Public Yes Party improvements
  • Interface improvements
  • Improvements to information on party members, such as what players are in the same game
  • Improvements to party functionality, including sending invites to players, joining parties and muting audio

Media Player

  • New app; plays music, displays pictures and other content from an attached USB drive
  • Increased number of media formats over Xbox 360

Startup improvements

  • Added ability to go directly to Live TV when console is restarted from low-power state

SmartGlass improvements

  • Added ability to post content to user's Activity Feed and respond to posts from other users (including "liking" and commenting on content)
  • Added ability to post stored clips from GameDVR
  • Added threaded conversations
  • Added ability to start recording of game content from SmartGlass
  • Added information on new features included in SmartGlass updates

Kinect improvements

  • Added "Xbox On" vocal command feature to consoles in Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain and Mexico

GameDVR improvements

  • Added ability to delete multiple unwanted clips using Upload app

Avatar improvements

  • Gamerpics using player's avatar can be saved to OneDrive

Settings improvements

  • Added "Devices & accessories" menu, providing information on user's controllers and other devices
  • New "Instant Sign-in" feature available

Troubleshooting improvements

  • Added bandwidth metering to allow users to see how much data console is using

General improvements

  • Unspecified updates as console launches in new markets

6.2.11393.0
(xb_rel_1408.140808-1753)[6]

August 17, 2014; 12 days ago (2014-08-17) Public Yes Activity feed improvements
  • Feed redesign into single column, personalized to the user.
  • Addition of social media functions, including comments and "likes" from users, as well as notifications when such comments are made.
  • Ability to post video clips, either to all users or to select users.
  • SmartGlass users can see friends' posts.

Content purchase improvements

  • Content can be purchased remotely using Xbox.com website or SmartGlass.
  • If console is set to receive updates in standby mode, console will start download of remote-purchased content.

Controller improvements

  • Notification on-screen indicating controller battery charge is low.

Notifications improvements

  • Ability to choose which types of notifications, if any, will appear while watching video content.

Blu-ray drive improvements

  • 3D Blu-ray Disc support enabled.

Friends list improvements

  • Indication of when friends were last online and what content was being used at that time.

OneGuide improvements

  • Ability to report problems with OneGuide channel listings

6.2.11274.0
(xb_rel_1407.140703-1704)[6]

July 7, 2014; 53 days ago (2014-07-07) Public Yes Achivements app improvements
  • Achievements app can be snapped into a game, showing all available achievements and progress towards completion.
  • Help option launches Bing search of online tips for completing achivements.

Snap feature improvements

  • Pressing controller's Xbox button twice rapidly opens Snap Center, allowing access to any Snap-enabled application while in another app.
  • When an app is currently snapped, pressing Xbox button twice rapidly switches between primary and snapped apps.

Language improvements

  • Spoken language chosen for Kinect voice control now independent of region selection for console.

Content delivery improvements

  • Publishers can create content bundles and compilations for sale in Xbox Store.

Game DVR improvements

  • Using SmartGlass, activity feed items and game clips can be "liked".

Blu-ray drive improvements

  • The disc drive can now read user-recordable BD-R/BD-RE discs

6.2.11064.0
(xb_rel_1406.140601-2110)[6]

June 3, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-06-03) Public Yes Additional storage options
  • External hard drives now supported. Up to two drives can be connected at one time. Drives must be USB 3.0-compatible or better and 256GB or larger in size.
  • Games, apps and other content can be installed to external drives and can be moved between consoles.
  • Storage locations can be managed through console interface.

Friends options

  • Users can make their real name known to other users, enabling others to locate them faster. Users control what other users can see their real names; users can maintain their anonymity or names can be visible to all users on the friends list, the friends of those users on the friends list, or to selected friends.

Xbox Live Gold features

  • A new area accessible only to Xbox Live Gold members provides information on various Gold-level features, such as Games with Gold (games offered free of charge) and Deals with Gold (special pricing on content), as well as members-only announcements.

Sign-in options

  • Users can identify a single account that will automatically log-on at system start-up.

Online store features

  • New search features to enable faster searching for content.

TV and OneGuide features

  • Expanded command & control database, permitting access to more devices to be controlled by the console.
  • Improved power management settings.
  • Premium TV options added for:
    • Canada
    • United Kingdom
    • France
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • Italy

6.2.10951.0
(xb_rel_1405.140514-2300)[6]

May 16, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-05-16) Public Yes New sound options
  • Sound Mixer controls volume of apps when the Snap feature is in use, allowing users to choose which audio feed gets priority.
  • Chat Mixer controls volume during Kinect Chat usage.

Speech recognition options

  • Users may opt-in to allow Microsoft to collect voice data to improve Kinect's speech recognition abilities.

System update options

  • Users have the option to apply system updates as soon as they become available.

6.2.10812.0
(xb_rel_1404.140411-1830)[6]

April 14, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-04-14) Public Yes System update improvements
  • Added ability for console to complete system updates, including needed reboots, while in "instant-on" mode.
  • Added indicators to show what games/apps have recently received updates.
  • Added ability for users to get updates themselves instead of waiting for them to be pushed to the console.
  • Added game-save progress bar.

Friends improvements

  • Added notifications for when users on friends list sign onto Xbox Live.
  • Added notification on friends list for when users are in multiplayer games.

Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz

  • Resolved problem with users in Europe who were experiencing problems with video playback.

Kinect voice and motion improvements

  • Continued improvements to voice and gesture recognition.

Improved GameDVR video quality

  • Improvements to video compression routines.

Updates to Xbox One device management

  • Improvements to control of outside devices thanks to user feedback.

6.2.10698.0
(xb_rel_1403.140301-2200)[6]

March 4, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-03-04) Public Yes Multiplayer improvements
  • Party members can chat with each other even if in different games
  • Chat is turned on by default
  • Improved processes for inviting players to join parties and for players joining parties
  • Added ability to see current party members' current activities

Friends list improvements

  • General improvements to functionality and speed
  • Added list of players recently met in multiplayer games
  • Added indicators for when friends are broadcasting content; added content thumbnails to activity feed
  • Added "type-ahead" function to locate profiles faster
  • Added context-sensitive menu options
  • Added more options during profile views, such as sending invitations and joining parties
  • Added 54 new gamerpics

Twitch TV options

  • Added ability to broadcast gameplay through Twitch.TV
  • Added support for voice-overs to open and close broadcasts

Social improvements

  • Added list of friends currently online and broadcasting content

General improvements

  • Changes to notification center, including ability to silence the feature
  • Game clips can be snapped
  • Added password protection to console settings

Internet browser improvements

  • Mapping sites (Google Maps, Bing Maps) can be controlled using Kinect gestures or controller input
  • Added search function to highlighted text
  • Added Internet Explorer link to show additional results when using console's Bing search function

Peripheral improvements

  • New Xbox One controller firmware adding support for Xbox One Stereo Headset adapter
  • Improved support for both Microsoft and third-party headsets
  • Updated drivers for Xbox One Media Remote

SmartGlass improvements

  • Added notifications for Xbox Live messages
  • Added ability to observe current activity of friends
  • Improved access to game clips and game progress
  • Snapped apps can be closed through SmartGlass

Live TV improvements

  • Added improved settings for users to display live TV content at 50 Hz
  • Added option to change increments in volume changes using Kinect voice commands
  • Added IR blasting for power on/off & volume to all regions
  • Improved options for AVR setup

Audio improvements

  • Added support for 5.1 Dolby Digital when using SPDIF (optical out)
  • Added support for stereo uncompressed, 5.1 uncompressed, 7.1 uncompressed or 5.1 Dolby Digital live or 5.1 DTS through HDMI

6.2.10542.0
(xb_rel_1402.140213-0115)[6]

February 14, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-02-14) Public Yes Added features
  • Improved My Game & Apps menu; users can now use sort options for games, apps and queued install menus
  • Added ability to delete content save data
  • Improvements to management of content installations
  • Added battery power indicator for connected controllers
  • Improvements to interfaces for accessing friends, achievements and messaging/chat features
  • Added Game DVR app to Xbox OneGuide as a channel
  • Improved progress indicators for system updates
  • Improvements to update/content installation process
  • Added separate lists for games, applications and queued installs
  • Added support for USB keyboards

Stability and performance improvements

  • Improvements to overall performance/stability, NAT detection, Network troubleshooting and Blu-ray player

6.2.10217.0
(xb_rel_launch.131205-2200)[6]

December 10, 2013; 8 months ago (2013-12-10) Public Yes Stability and performance improvements
  • Improvements to SmartGlass connected standby feature
  • Improvements for users rejoining games
  • Improvements to notifications
  • Improvements to dashboard stability
  • Improvements to console's update services
  • Improvements to wireless networking drivers

6.2.10210.0
(xb_rel_launch.131118-1159)[6]

November 22, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-11-22) Public Yes Launch Day update
  • Day-one update installs the console's main operating system.

6.2.9781.0
(xb_rel_flash1307.130829-1800)[6]

November 22, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-11-22) Manufacturer N/A
  • Factory-default installation.
Version Release date Availability Required? Description/Features

See also[edit]

Other gaming platforms from Microsoft:

Other gaming platforms from this generation:

Gaming platforms from the seventh generation:

References[edit]

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