Microsoft released the latest system update for Xbox One last night, according to Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb. The update is bereft of new features, but it prepares consoles for Windows 10 streaming and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility.
“There are no new user-facing features in this release,” wrote Hyrb, “as the team focuses on the New Xbox One Experience that will be available later this year.”
Microsoft has previously announced that its new Windows 10 operating system will be available beginning July 29. The OS will be given out as a free upgrade to existing owners of licensed Windows 7 or 8 for a period of one year following its launch.
Xbox 360 backwards compatibility was revealed for the Xbox One during Microsoft’s pre-E3 media briefing last month. The feature is already available to Xbox One Preview program members with 18 playable games, many of which are Xbox Live Arcade titles. More titles will be added periodically, and backwards compatibility will see a system-wide release within the next few months.
The New Xbox One Experience Hyrb referred to in his statement is planned for a launch this fall. Microsoft has described the dashboard update as “a completely re-imagined user experience that gives you instant access to everything you want, when you want it.” The main changes are a faster and easier user experience; the return of Avatars from the Xbox 360; more and supposedly better social tools; and the addition of Cortana as a “personal gaming assistant.” Full details can be found here.
Source: Major Nelson