Xbox One system update now available, adds new audio controls and opt-in setting for voice recognition improvements

By Bla1ze on 17 May 2014 03:18 pm
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If you've been waiting for the Xbox One system update that was announced earlier this month to roll out, now is the time. Microsoft has begun the process and while the change log this around isn't exactly huge it does bring some requested changes and improves upon the available options to end users when it comes to opting-in to help improve speech recognition and when, exactly you decide to update your system. Have a look at the full list.

  • Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat - We've received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we've added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you'll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you're using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you'll also be able to control the volume levels when you're using Kinect for chat.

  • Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition - Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want to continue making this great for all Xbox One owners worldwide. The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans. If you want to help us in our efforts to make voice and speech improvements for Kinect even better, you can opt-in to a speech data collection. Under Settings, then Privacy & Online Safety, go to Customizing privacy and online safety and set Share Voice Data to Allow. This is completely optional and all voice data shared via this setting will be used for product improvement only.

  • Take the Next System Update When You Want - You'll now also be able to take this next system update as soon as it's available if you want. When this update is made available, you'll find the option under Settings, then select System update.

There's no mention of how large the update is but it should available to most folks right away. Have you grabbed it yet? If so, drop some comments below and let us know how it's all working out for you or stop by the forums and share as well.

Source: Microsoft

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Xbox One system update now available, adds new audio controls and opt-in setting for voice recognition improvements

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I would love a review of PS4 vs Xbox one. I know there are many out there, but one from the mobile nations crew would be cool.

And may be an excuse for the writers to get the consoles into the office for "research".

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Though im a looking forward getting the ps4 in a couple months, always interesting to see what the competition has to offer.

Boh. Still no TV integration. I know it's being tested and I wish I part of that group. My reason #1 for getting the Xbox (though I knew I would have to wait) was for the TV control.

Until either the PS4 or Xbox One have backward compatibility then, I won't buy one. I understand they are trying to look forward, but they should give the option to send your old game discs in for a free download of the game. It would solve many issues (in my opinion).

I've always been an Xbox guy, but in the days leading up to the release of the newest gen consoles, I was seriously considering jumping to PS4.

But Microsoft realized the disaster they had brewing and completely overhauled the One, so when the day comes that I do end up upgrading, it's looking like I'm sticking with Xbox. This news (everything not central to the device's usage should be opt-in, IMO) reinforces that feeling.