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Posted by Chaser324

External device storage! I wasn't expecting that one. I'm already about to fill up the internal drive, so I'm going to have to look into getting setup with that.

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Posted by JeanLuc

Wow, at this point there is very little differences between the PS4 and Xbox in terms of features.

Edited by SomeJerk

The ability to set an account to automatically sign-in when you start it up, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

Jesus.

Posted by Chaser324

@somejerk said:

The ability to set an account to automatically sign-in when you start it up, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

Jesus.

To be fair, the Kinect auto sign-in has been one of the few things that has worked for me essentially 100% of the time. This seems to me like it's probably more of an addition to make sure things are ideal for all of these Kinect-less SKUs that are going to be hitting shelves.

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Posted by xxDrAiNxx

Very Nice!

Posted by BetaMax

Very impressed how fast microsoft is making these changes, they could have saved all of these features for some mediocre but necessary E3 presentation, but they are treating xbone more like a popular app then a slow console.

Posted by budgietheii

@somejerk said:

The ability to set an account to automatically sign-in when you start it up, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

Jesus.

To be fair, the Kinect auto sign-in has been one of the few things that has worked for me essentially 100% of the time. This seems to me like it's probably more of an addition to make sure things are ideal for all of these Kinect-less SKUs that are going to be hitting shelves.

Yep, this, auto-sign in was effectively there already assuming you were not an anti-Kinect luddite.

Posted by mcmax3000

@somejerk said:

The ability to set an account to automatically sign-in when you start it up, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

Jesus.

To be fair, the Kinect auto sign-in has been one of the few things that has worked for me essentially 100% of the time. This seems to me like it's probably more of an addition to make sure things are ideal for all of these Kinect-less SKUs that are going to be hitting shelves.

Yeah, I've had pretty good luck with that feature too. It doesn't always work for me because of the way I've got the camera positioned in comparison to where I sometimes sit, but when I'm in view of the camera, it's pretty spot on.

Posted by StriderNo9

Yeah auto sign in works with the Kinect for me every time.

Posted by Shaunage

I leave my Kinect plugged in and pointed at me, and I haven't had it sign in automatically for a really long time.

Posted by clarkj1981

Looks rad. Basically everything I wanted feature-wise within 6 months of console release. Not too shabby!

Edited by Benmo316

Finally! It's weird that I'll have to use SmartGlass to organize pins but at least it's there.

And the auto-sign in option is only available now because it wouldn't do it without Kinect. I'm glad to see this finally become an option since I don't have my Kinect hooked up.

Posted by Saga

love the smartglass integration! I also find oneguide to be a lot faster and more responsive than the fios guide. Keep it up

Posted by DanTheRobot

I wish they would include a toggle in the real name screen for "favorites". All or manual seems a bit barren.

Posted by Zevvion

This looks good. Now, these are additions to the much needed context sensitive function of the home button... right?

I mean, surely, when someone comes online I just have to press a button to open up communication possibilities with that person. Right? When I unlock an achievement I just have to push one button for it to take me to there. Right?

... Right?

Right?

Come on, you guys had this stuff right with the 360. How come you are messing it up here? What happened?

Posted by bondbill2k2

Pretty impressed with the speed Microsoft have been updating and adjusting things, to many peoples surprise it does seem like they've listened to user feedback. Having owned an Xbox One for just over a week now I'm enjoying the experience and within the first few hours using the console I wished it had a couple of features including Skype snapping and external HDD support.

A few features I'm waiting/hope on include background music playback from Xbox music rather the needing it snapped in and ideally I'd rather have spotify support both snap-in and background (hopefully this will come with 360 supporting spotify and while Microsoft have their xbox music service its a similar rivalry between netflix and xbox's up and coming exclusive video content. Bing search seems a good feature too but it needs to work wit hall apps such as 4OD here in the UK.

As for the kinect sign-in I find it works 98% of the time, it has picked me up twice as my partner when she wasn't in the room.

Posted by heatDrive88

I am really liking these video Patrick is putting out, but in a way I'm really missing seeing news as in it's written format. Maybe I'm just an old hat, and I know there's more to it than that, but oh well.

Posted by Lurkero

It's amazing how effective competition is. Now that Microsoft has a lot of it they sure are doing a lot of consumer friendly updates.

There was no reason not to have auto-sign-in for users who didn't want to use Kinect for that feature. Other than forced justification of Kinect of course.

Edited by TheHBK

Now if they let you play media from an external hard drive, that would be awesome.

Posted by budgietheii

@zevvion said:

This looks good. Now, these are additions to the much needed context sensitive function of the home button... right?

I mean, surely, when someone comes online I just have to press a button to open up communication possibilities with that person. Right? When I unlock an achievement I just have to push one button for it to take me to there. Right?

... Right?

Right?

Come on, you guys had this stuff right with the 360. How come you are messing it up here? What happened?

You hold the home button when a notification is up to jump to it. Or you could use Kinect voice commands to jump straight to the relevant section.

And see all the stuff around the content screen when you press the home button. A lot of those tile names look very similar to what was on the old 360 guide yes?

...Yes?

Yes?

Posted by DouglasBailey1

@budgietheii: lol was about to reply myself. Hell they spell it out right on the notification as well.

Posted by mrsmiley

I am really liking these video Patrick is putting out, but in a way I'm really missing seeing news as in it's written format. Maybe I'm just an old hat, and I know there's more to it than that, but oh well.

I feel like a video is almost more appropriate for a UI/OS update since you can actually see what is being changed. I'm not against written updates, but for something like this I think it makes perfect sense since MS is already releasing these videos. :)

Edited by Hardtarget

As someone who bought an Xbox One last week this stuff is coming in nice and handy for me

Posted by GeneralBison

AUTOMATIC SIGN IN!

Finally! A feature that should have been present from launch day!

Posted by Superfriend

I like the external drive stuff. The Xbone interface is still a big, big mess though.

Whoever came up with the idea to get rid of the guide needs to be fired.

Posted by DouglasBailey1

I like the external drive stuff. The Xbone interface is still a big, big mess though.

Whoever came up with the idea to get rid of the guide needs to be fired.

whats a "big big mess" mean?

I'm fine with the guide being gone but i also use voice for everything. I think the UI was built around voice that is true. BUT....in preparation for a kinect less xbox one here is an easy solution...the "guide" button is now in the snap. Double tap the xbox button and your snappable options appear on the side. Add a friends snap app and all is good in the world.

Posted by DrSwank

I like the external drive stuff. The Xbone interface is still a big, big mess though.

Whoever came up with the idea to get rid of the guide needs to be fired.

SERIOUSLY.

Edited by White

With the weird cuts in the audio it sounds like they recorded them separately and spliced the tracks together.

Posted by shenstra

Meanwhile in the Netherlands (and 58 other countries), PS4 has the distinct advantage of being out there, for people to buy. Doesn't really affect me personally (I just bought a new PS3, no plans to buy a new current gen system any time soon), but I do worry that if this strategy works for Microsoft, Sony will follow their example in the next gen. If everyone's just concerned with 'winning' the US, the rest of the world will just keep getting boned.

Edited by Dan_CiTi

Please bring back the guide, I don't want a Kinect and I just want press the home button so I can play the music off my hard drive while playing games, like on the 360. All the big full screen things are jarring and unnecessary.

Posted by l4wd0g

Microsoft is doing well to address the issues with the OS.

I just feel like neither the PS4 not the Xbox1's OS were ready when the systems launched. which is super shity for consumers.

Edited by ProfessorEss

@l4wd0g said:

Microsoft is doing well to address the issues with the OS.

I just feel like neither the PS4 not the Xbox1's OS were ready when the systems launched. which is super shity for consumers.

I agree. I'm happy I have no plans to buy either for at least another 12-18 months because I think both still have yet to show their true potential and personal strengths - and I mean to the people making them and developing for them as well as consumer.

Edited by caesius6

@shenstra: Meanwhile, there is a lot to streamline when taking a system like the Xbox One to new countries if all the features are to work.

Meanwhile, they already announced plans to launch in 20+ more countries before the end of the year.

They're working on it, it's not like they're turning a blind eye.

Posted by caesius6

@superfriend: Pretty simple. Press home button. If it's not in your recent activity, you press left on your analog stick or d-pad once and your pins are there.

Or double press the jewel button and you have some snappable apps there, including friends, music, etc.

Posted by GiffE

@chaser324: Yea the kinect auto-signin was pretty ok. There's been numerous times I've been standing naked in front of it and it woke up to say "Hi!" and sign me in.

Posted by AssInAss

@giffe said:

@chaser324: Yea the kinect auto-signin was pretty ok. There's been numerous times I've been standing naked in front of it and it woke up to say "Hi!" and sign me in.

Was this part of a test or you just like it to all hang out? ;)

Posted by NorthSarge

Anyone think an external SSD will make load times ok? or are we just shit out of luck :(

Posted by HerbieBug

Excellent. Now change the interface to something not shitty. :)

Edited by Mr_Creeper

Cool, I guess...

Posted by eccentrix

Yeah, auto-sign in! No more having to get up and put my face in front of the Kinect to sign in quicker.

Real names have always been a weird idea to me, but it's also weird that you can't just set it to tell your name to all your followers, or even just have it public.

Edited by Pop

Anyone think an external SSD will make load times ok? or are we just shit out of luck :(

I'm sure as time goes on loading will become faster.

Posted by ptys

These console are still ripening, but in the right way. A white XBOne with Mass Effect 4 is my sign up date.

Edited by retsub101

This video in a nutshell.

"Please buy it! Please buy it! Please buy it! Please buy it! Shit works now, we promise!"

Posted by WrathOfBanja

But can I make it so the NSA can only see my gamertag?

Posted by Ralph_Rennio

And still no option to auto-boot to full-screen TV, aka "Wife Mode". I was really hoping to hook my cable back up to my console with this option.

Posted by Aaron_G

Really glad they are removing the apps from behind Xbox Live Gold.

Posted by BlockABoots

Need to bring the home button pop up screen from the xbox 360 to the XB1 in the next update!!