The Xbox team continues to push significant updates to its Xbox One OS. “This is a big month for Xbox One as we launch some of the features you’ve asked for most including better multitasking while gaming, more ways to stay connected with friends, new options for accessing your media, and more,” writes Xbox’s Major Nelson in a post.

Here’s a rundown of the most important features. You can check out the rest here.

The Snap Center is getting a pretty sizable facelift in October as Microsoft makes navigating the various apps easier for those without Kinect. An obvious update after Microsoft stripped the Kinect out of the $399 bundle, but still a welcome one.

Now you’ll be able to double tap the home button to snap apps, change apps or unsnap. Previously, you would have to go all the way to the dashboard to unsnap or use your Kinect. Kinect-less users will be happy to hear that you can double tap the home button and then press ‘X’ to record the last 30 seconds of gameplay.

Two new apps can be snapped with the October update. Friends and messages. Threaded messages will be also be included in the October update.

The media player is also getting a significant upgrade for the October update as DLNA streaming and MKV support are being added.

Xbox One’s TV features gets some love as well. Most of the updates are features already available in the U.S., but expanding into other regions. You can read more about it here.

Xbox Live’s Major Nelson and Richard Irving detail the October update in the video below. Check out the new snap features in action.


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