Xbox One May Update Live: Improved Firmware Offers Major Improvements To Voice Recognition [VIDEO]

By Luke Caulfield , Updated May 19, 2014 08:47 AM EDT

While a Kinectless Xbox One isn't exactly ready just yet, Microsoft is working to make sure that the latest updates are available to console owners across the world. Case in point, the latest update for the platform is now good to go, offering a multitude of improvements for audial and audibility.

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Microsoft's own Major Nelson gave the gist on the update in a new post over at his blog. Check it out below for all the details you'll need to know:

"Feature highlights for this next phase of our early access program include a new sound mixer for snapped apps, chat volume controls when using Kinect and the option to help us improve speech recognition."

Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat - We've received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we've added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you'll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you're using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you'll also be able to control the volume levels when you're using Kinect for chat.

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Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition - Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want to continue making this great for all Xbox One owners worldwide. The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans. If you want to help us in our efforts to make voice and speech improvements for Kinect even better, you can opt-in to a speech data collection. Under Settings, then Privacy & Online Safety, go to Customizing privacy and online safety and set Share Voice Data to Allow. This is completely optional and all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.

Take the Next System Update When You Want - You'll now also be able to take this next system update as soon as it's available if you want. When this update is made available, you'll find the option under Settings, then select System update as shown below.

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out Microsoft's video with Yusuf Mehdi and Phil Spencer announcing the forthcoming, cheaper, Kinectless Xbox One for something to look forward to.

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