Starting Today, New Media Player App, New SmartGlass Features, and More Included in Xbox One Update
Today, we will begin rolling out new features and updates to Xbox One for fans all over the world. These updates include new ways to bring your personal media to your Xbox, updates to the party system, more ways to interact with your Xbox, and new social features for Xbox SmartGlass. We highlighted some of these new features earlier this month at gamescom, and based on continuous fan feedback, we’re pleased to announce the list of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems over the next few days: A new Media Player app: Play media files from an attached USB device with the new media player app – DLNA support for your home media servers is coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like Mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and MKV, which will be added by the end of the year. Party on in the new and improved Party App: Be the leader of your party with the new party leader setting. As the party leader, you can change whether the party requires invitations and you can remove others from the party. The updated app also lets you see what activities everyone in your party is doing and who is playing in the same game with you in addition to being able to quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.
New Xbox Fitness Program from Russell Wilson
We are always looking for ways to add variety to our fitness experience on Xbox, so we’re thrilled to announce the addition of the exciting new program, Athlete Fit with Russell Wilson for Xbox Fitness. Available exclusively on Xbox One today, work out with Russell Wilson for free with your Xbox Live Gold membership. With this program, Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson will get you ready for any game. With this high intensity interval training program, you’ll work on Power, Agility, Strength, and Speed. The program features 40- and 20-second-long energetic bursts of drill-styled exercises to give you maximum results in minimum time. Russell and his team will motivate you to be your best and reach your peak.
Xbox One System Update: More Social Features and New Ways to Watch TV Available for Preview Members
Today we’re rolling out several of the new social and entertainment features we shared earlier this week, in addition to a few unannounced features, to the members previewing new system updates. Your input on feedback.xbox.com plays a big role in shaping these updates, which will roll out to all Xbox One owners in the coming months. Some of the new features rolling out to our preview members include: Parties – The Party App has been re-organized, so you can now see what activities everyone in your party is doing and tell more clearly who is playing in the same game with you. You can also more quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites. Also, Parties now have a Party Leader. This person can change whether the party requires invitations, and she/he can remove others from the party.
gamescom 2014: More social features, new ways to watch TV, and USB and DLNA support are coming soon!
Ahead of our Gamescom briefing live from Cologne, Germany at 2:00 p.m. CEST – that’s 8:00 a.m. ET and 5:00 a.m. PT – I’m excited to announce new and exciting features coming to Xbox One within the next few months. We’ve been bringing tons of new features to Xbox One fans worldwide throughout the year. Thanks to our recently launched Xbox Feedback, our fans have played a huge role in shaping these updates. In fact, we’ve received thousands of posts and more than 400,000 votes to date. Starting in the early access program later this month, new social features making it easier for gamers to connect with their friends and new ways to access their TV and entertainment throughout their homes will be coming to Xbox One.
Every Street United Players Go Head-to-Head in Finale and Take on MLS Players
The most important day of the “Every Street United” players’ lives has arrived at last! Last week, the two teams were selected and players prepared for the 4v4 game in Rio. This Sunday, in the “Every Street United” finale, the players will receive final words of advice from their coaches, Thierry and Edgar, before taking to the street to prove once and for all who is worthy of a tryout with the Seattle Sounders FC. We’re also excited to announce an “Every Street United” vs. MLS Player Challenge this Sunday, August 3 in Portland, OR as part of the MLS All-Star Game. In the challenge, four players from “Every Street United” will take on four MLS players in a friendly skills competition. An exhibition will follow the tournament, where the players will show off their skills and trick shots. The competition kicks off at 12:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Courthouse Square. Hope to see you there!
You can watch the “Every Street United” finale virtually anywhere on Xbox Video, or catch up on past episodes and check out interactive features in the “Every Street United” app on Xbox One and Xbox 360. An Xbox Live Gold membership is not required.
For more information, visit “Every Street United.”
Xbox One to Launch Next Generation of Gaming in China September 23
Today, Microsoft and BesTV announced Xbox One will launch in China on September 23 with a lineup of blockbuster games and entertainment starting at ¥3,699 RMB. Xbox One is the first gaming and entertainment console approved for sale in China coinciding with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone one-year anniversary. At the Xbox One media briefing, Microsoft and BesTV detailed their plan to launch the Xbox One in China. Demonstrating a strong ecosystem of support, more than 25 developers are building more than 70 games for Xbox One including exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles. In partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will bring hundreds of thousands of hours of entertainment content including blockbuster movies, sports, documentaries and on-demand TV programs, fitness and exclusive, locally developed applications. Finally, Xbox One is bringing unique value to the Chinese market including innovative pricing models for games, compelling console bundles, local customer support and two year warranty. “We’re honored that Xbox One is the first console approved for sale in China through the Shanghai Free Trade Zone,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice-president, marketing, Devices and Studios, Microsoft. “We’re dedicated to earning millions of fans in China by working with BesTV to deliver an all in one games and entertainment experience starting September 23.”
SDCC 14: 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions Offer First-Look of Halo: Nightfall
Today, at San Diego Comic-Con, 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions gave show-goers and the Halo Nation a first look at Halo: Nightfall, the original live-action digital series executive produced by Ridley Scott set to release this November on Xbox. During the panel, 343 Industries premiered the series’ official first-look video, as Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Scott Free TV President David Zucker, and Halo: Nightfall cast members offered new details on the series plot and a look behind-the-scenes of the production.