Want to know who all is in your friend’s party chat before joining it? The feature is coming as part of next week’s Xbox One update. This improvement along with a host of others are available right now for Xbox One preview members and everyone next week.
The good news doesn’t stop with party chat. We can finally rearrange Pins on Home and access them online. Now, I can move Battlefield 4 to its rightful spot at the front without having to re-pin it.
Raise your hand if you’re sick of looking at all those ‘ready-to-install’ games? I have dozens of them cluttering the screen every time I go to the ‘My Games & Apps.’ And with backwards compatibility, that list is only growing.
Here are the rest of the improvements coming next week.
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. 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. Click on the Gamerscore Leaderboard to see the full list of all your friends.
Updating Activity Feed in Xbox One: Your activity feed in Xbox One Preview will inform you when there are new items in your feed. Clicking the link will take you to the top of your feed where you’ll see a run-down of the newest posts, so that you always have the freshest content at your fingertips.
Joinable Twitch Broadcasts: You want it to be easier to watch your friend’s game broadcasts. In Preview, Game Hubs as well as the game tile will allow you to easily launch Twitch.tv broadcasts if friends are broadcasting.
Improvements to Suggested Friends: Looking for people who you might know on Xbox or top content creators to follow? Check out the new Friend Suggestions area in Community and the Friends list in the Guide on Xbox One. Friend Suggestions include the gamertag, real name (if shared), gamerpic or Xbox Avatar image, and the reason the suggestion was made to you. Click through from the suggestion to view the member’s full profile and choose to grow your friends list.
Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management for Xbox, teases an even bigger year for Xbox updates in 2016. Just keep improving the speed of the dashboard and I’ll be happy. It’s faster than it was, but it still chugs for me sometimes.
I also want to see broader PC and Xbox cross-platform multiplayer support. A quick look at the Xbox Feedback page shows PC and Xbox cross-platform multiplayer as one of the “In-Progress Items.” But that appears to be between games made specifically for Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Broader cross-platform support would be great for certain games. I’ll be triple dipping on Rocket League and cross-platform play with PC would expand the player base big time. Shortly after the Xbox One announcement, Psyonix tweeted, “The Xbox platform doesn’t allow for crossplay matchmaking between other systems as a general practice across all titles.”
That just seems odd as more and more PC games are coming to consoles (Elite: Dangerous, ARK: Survival Evolved, etc.) If you want cross-platform support, keep hitting that Xbox Feedback page. Oh, and keep the Xbox team on their toes about background music. That feature won’t be coming until at least summer according to Phil Spencer.