Xbox One: Getting Better without Kinect

Microsoft’s latest Xbox One October dashboard update is rolling out today, and it aims to help you find missing controllers. The software maker has been previewing the many features included in the October update, and one unusual addition is the ability to make a controller vibrate from the settings page. A “find” option is available in the new devices and accessories section of settings, but a controller will need to be powered on to use the feature. That makes it a little useless if you turn your Xbox One using the button or with the “Xbox, on” Kinect command, but if you’re clumsy enough to lose a controller while it’s still turned on then you can use Kinect to shout “find” at your TV to vibrate the wireless controller.

Other features in the October update are a lot more useful, including some changes to make the overall experience better if you don’t use Kinect. A new Snap Center feature acts as a task switcher between apps. A double tap of the Xbox button activates the Snap Center with a UI to quickly switch between friends, messages, and game DVR. It makes it a lot easier to snap apps instead of having to shout “Xbox snap” at Kinect. Snap Center will also highlight the time and battery level for quick access to both during gameplay. Microsoft is also tweaking its friends and messages apps so they’re finally optimized for the snap view at the side of the screen, including the ability to send and receive messages in snap mode. Alongside the snap improvements, there’s also a new way to record a 30-second game clip with the controller instead of using Kinect to “Xbox, record that.”

 

MKV AND DLNA SUPPORT ARRIVES FOR MEDIA FANS

MKV and DLNA support is finally arriving with this October update thanks to a new Media Player app. Other media features include updates to the TV integration, with Microsoft’s OneGuide TV listings arriving in Belgium, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia. Microsoft is also adding a live TV trending feature that simply surfaces the top 10 most watched TV shows nearby. Microsoft’s latest Xbox One October dashboard update is rolling out over the next few days to consoles, but if you want it immediately it’s available using the update option in the system section of settings.

[label]Via The Verge[/label]

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