Some Xbox live subscribers this week are taking Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One update for a test drive through a recently announced beta test. While those gamers get to experience the console’s fully-functional party system first hand, everyone else can now see what the future holds in a new video preview of the update’s features released today by Microsoft.
The update, scheduled to roll out on March 4, will be one of the most significant since the release of the Xbox One. Included are numerous fixes and changes to the console’s party system, just in time for the launch of Titanfall. Specifically, created multiplayer parties will have chat audio turned on by default and will have their audio separated from in-game audio. The Xbox One friends list will also get a revamp and players will gain the ability to invite friends to multiplayer game sessions in any Xbox One multiplayer title.
All of these new features and a few more are previewed in today’s new video. In it, Xbox Live Director of Programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb and Xbox software engineer Richard Irving run down all of the changes coming next week: