Xbox One February update rolling out to gamers


Microsoft has pushed out their February firmware update to their XBOX One which aims to improve many features on their next generation console. Firstly, Microsoft wants to improve how future firmware upgrades are downloaded and applied automatically. One method to do exactly that is to push the firmware update silently when your console is turned off or when the “Instant On” feature is enabled (a new low power state which instantly turns the console on with the command “Xbox On”). Once the February update has been applied, the next time you turn your console off during off-peak hours, the console will automatically check for future updates without any user interaction.

As for the February firmware update, below is a list of what you can expect to be added;

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

Also here are some notes about what is in this release:

  • Ability to delete game and application save data
  • Improved installation and DLC management
  • Improved UI for accessing friends, achievements, messages, and party chat
  • Game DVR app to be included in the Xbox OneGuide as an app channel
  • Update to the boot progress indicators for system update
  • Improve consistency of UX for update & install progress
  • Separate game, application, and install queue lists
  • Addition of USB keyboard support
  • Improved NAT detection
  • Network Troubleshooter improvements
  • Blu-ray quality improvements
  • Significant performance and stability improvements

As a final tip, you can also press the Xbox button on the controller to see the battery indicator on the bottm right of the screen. Handy!