Xbox One Update Hits Today for Preview Members

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Xbox One Update Hits Today for Preview Members

Remember, most of the major issues with the Xbox One have now been resolved, thanks to the combination of the constant major firmware updates the Xbox One has been getting for nearly two years now, as well as the major overhaul that the New Xbox One Experience provided.

See who's in a Party: Xbox One Preview participants will be able to see who's in a Party before joining. Microsoft engineer Mike Ybarra wrote on the Xbox Wire that this month's update, which is available starting today for Preview Program members, focuses on social features (not background music, sorry).

Alongside the return of party chat details, Microsoft is also providing a new Gamerscore leaderboard option. Through the Gamerscore Leaderboard, see where you stand relative to your friends by comparing total gamerscore, as well as biggest gains over a rolling 30-day period.

Gamerscore Leaderboard: In Xbox One Preview, go to the Achievements section of your profile by clicking "View Achievements" through the sign-in tab of the guide to check out the revived Gamerscore Leaderboard.

As suspected, Microsoft on Tuesday officially announced the first details on the next Xbox One system update. You can now rearrange individual pins, and Microsoft is making pinned items accessible while you're offline.

Other improvements are relatively minor. In an interview with Gamespot, Microsoft's Mike Nichols said during the time that it is possibly the most significant update in the history of Xbox One.

If your friend is broadcasting on Twitch via their Xbox One, you'll be able to fire up their stream with a press of a button, rather than needing to find them manually in the Twitch app.

Additionally, the Xbox Beta app for Windows 10 will now support a new Compact mode, similar to a phone experience, where you can switch between Friends, Party, Messages and Activity Alerts views.

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has also hinted that a new announcement was set for January covering the latest titles to be added to the Backward Compatibility program this month. Now, you will be able to hide "content like betas, trials, games, and apps that you no longer wish to install".

The avatar store is back too (last seen on Xbox 360), and redesigned for easy access from your Xbox One avatar app or the equivalent app on Windows 10. You'll be able to preview items on your Avatar before you buy, of course. Consider friending or following publishers of content that you like. A quick click allows you to keep an eye on what your friends are up to, while multi-tasking on your Windows PC!

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