Xbox One April preview update brings voice messages, dedicated party chat servers and more

Email Twitter: @DaveWShanahan Mar 27th, 2015 inNews

Xbox One April System Update brings Voice Messages, dedicated party chat servers and more, now in the Xbox One Preview

Mostly due to fan feedback, Xbox One Preview program members just got another content update for features coming to the Xbox One in April 2015. Previously, WinBeta reported on the first wave of April content updates for those lucky enough to be in the Xbox Preview program. Now, here’s the second wave of Xbox One features in the April preview update:

  • Voice messages – On the Xbox Feedback site, the number one most requested feature in the Friends and Parties area was to be able to add audio messages to people in your Xbox Live friends and other members. Using the snap feature on the Xbox One, members will be able to compose, send, and playback audio messages. You will also be able to send voice messages with your friends between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Dedicated party chat servers – Xbox is committed to making improvements to party chat by dedicating servers specifically for this function. Dedicated party chat servers will increase reliability and improve the quality of party chat. This new Xbox One service will allow Xbox One owners who previously had NAT issues with party chat more reliability and ease of use. At times, Xbox One owners were unable to perform peer-to-peer connections while in a party; this problem should be fixed due to the party chat servers handling all of that traffic. At this time, this service will only work if there are one or members in the party chat who are in the Xbox Preview program. So, the Xbox One Preview program consoles will enable this service, even though other consoles in the party chat are not in the Xbox One Preview program.
  • What’s On – Xbox continues to fiddle around to see what works best in the What’s On area; the section on Xbox One that highlights popular games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts and game clips. What’s On is available to Xbox One Preview programs in the US, and is now being offered to Xbox One Preview program members in Canada and the UK. Also, the Staff’s Pick’s section offers more personalization, basing its content off your recent game activity. New section will also be available like Twitter Trending TV and Game Clips.

So, keep making more suggestions to improve the Xbox One through the Xbox Feedback website and check out the video below to see the second wave of April Xbox One Preview content in action:

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