Xbox One April System Update Released Today, Improves Party Chat And Achievement Notifications

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Apr 06, 2015 12:30 PM EDT

Microsoft is rolling out a system update on Xbox One today, adding several improvements to existing features and adding some new ones.

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Among the updates are party chat improvements, more useful achievement notifications, and more ways to keep track of what your friends are playing, as well as what's popular at the time.

Major Nelson posted about the update on his blog, and the video below takes you through the changes. Here's a list of what has been added--it's not a lot in quantity, but console users will appreciate the additions nonetheless. At the same time, I'm sure this will result in fans demanding certain features that weren't added this time around. Gaming!

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- Party chat improvements - Additional icons and notifications within the party chat experience to help you understand your connection and microphone status. The party app will help you get your microphone enabled and show you when privacy settings or networking issues are blocking communication with particular party members.

- Game hub links - You'll see activity feed items when any of your friends follow a game, and you'll also be able to get back to a game's hub from activity feed posts related to the game - including feed items about the game's achievements, game clips and screenshots.

- Achievement notifications - With this update, you'll also see the achievement's description in the notification so you know what you did to earn this achievement without having to open the achievements app.

- What's On - The What's On area is now available for Xbox One users in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. In it, you'll find links to popular videos, games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts and clips, along with Trending TV shows if you have configured OneGuide for your Xbox One console.

The Xbox team is also working on dedicated servers for party chat and voice messaging, but is keeping those features exclusive to those in the preview program until they're improved enough for public launch.

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