Microsoft is continuing the already long-running series of monthly Xbox One updates with, you guessed it, the April system update. As per usual, the new features have been announced a while ago, but Major Nelson posted a reminder on his blog just minutes ago to ensure that everybody knows what to expect. It’s no coincidence that the reminder came earlier today given that the April Xbox One update is scheduled to start rolling out any moment now. In terms of new features, users can expect to see party chat improvements, game hub links, achievement notifications, and more. You can find a more detailed description on what each of these new features involves down below.
- 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.
In addition to all of this, Major Nelson also says that Microsoft is currently keeping voice messaging and dedicated servers for party chat in preview as the company continues to work on them. Xbox One preview members can help out with this by submitting valuable feedback that will make the upcoming feature that much better. Even more new features are expected to follow in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled on Nelson’s blog for more details.