Xbox One July Update and E3 Reactions

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Monthly updates are becoming a regular occurrence, with the next one coming in July, as Microsoft’s Xbox One gathers feedback from users at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The new update’s highlights include the ability to view achievements on the fly through the snap feature. This means the gamer can look at their achievements without having to leave the game screen. Another new function is double tapping the Xbox button on the Xbox One controller to snap and un-snap as well as a the ability to choose which languages Kinect uses from across the globe.

There will also be digital bundles and complication discs from publishers in the future giving the user the ability to buy multiple games or games with multiple add-on features all at once for a reduced price. Larry Hryb, better known as Major Nelson wrote, “As we test this feature, we’ll be seeing more flexible combinations of game titles and game content.” Finally the last update is the ability to “like” game clips that have been recorded on a digital video recorder (DVR) as well as activity feed items for Xbox SmartGlass. These system updates will be given to a select few individuals who have early access to the Xbox features next week and everyone else in July.

Xbox One focused almost exclusively this week on games at the E3 conference, but now after their July update has been announced many experts are reacting to the lack of a long-term plan. Motley Fool investing company had three ideas one how Xbox One could get back on track. The first was to offer better exclusive titles and interesting ways to play those games. Xbox did unveil a number of games at E3 that will only be released on the One such as Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5, as well as Crackdown 3. Microsoft is also making progress with its [email protected] program that assists smaller studios in making and distributing titles. A game that really stood out was Ori and the Blind Forest, but others like Might No. 9, a megamanesque side scroller, Aztec, and Below all have the potential to help alleviate Sony’s grip in the gaming world according to Gordon Kelly, a Forbes contributing writer.

The second recommendation was to reduce its focus on media consumption. In a way Xbox One also addressed this issue by having a game-fest for a press conference on Monday. Motley Fool believes that “Xbox alienated their core gamers to capture a market that was not interested in gaming in the first place, which simply did not make any sense.” Another way the One is looking to ensure users they are less concerned with media consumption is the confirmed rumor during E3 that the One will soon be able to tap into 10 percent of additional GPU performance previously reserved for the Kinect.

The third idea was to unify Xbox One and Windows gaming platforms. This would enable cross-platform purchases between PC’s and Xboxes and vice-versa for no additional charge. An International Data Corporation survey in 2012 revealed that 41 percent of 1,503 respondents were interested in the idea of “buy once, play anywhere” gaming.

Xbox Users at E3 have said they hope the Xbox One will continue to roll out monthly updates after July in reaction to Microsoft’s announcement of a dedicated channel on their website, called “Xbox Feedback,” where people can give their thoughts, recommendations and vote on issues. Xbox also notably announced recently that the Kinect will no longer be bundled with the Xbox One and will therefore decrease the retail price of the One down to $399 making it the same price as the PlayStation 4.

By B. Taylor Rash

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