Xbox One gets TV recording, Chatpad & new Dashboard in November
November is going to be a big month of Xbox One fans. Not only does it see the release of Call Of Duty Black Ops III, Need For Speed, Fallout 4, Rise Of The Tomb Raider and Star Wars Battlefront (phew!), it will also offer some major updates to the Xbox One software, and some new hardware releases to help you up your game.
The software update will bring with it a completely redesigned interface that will tie in with the new Windows 10 PC operating system, allowing you to access the information you want faster than ever. You can check out what your friends are playing, get game recommendations and buy new games in an interface that will be up to 50% faster – or you can just get Cortana to do it for you. That’s right, for the first time you’ll be able to use the smart assistant on your Xbox thanks to the Kinect sensor.
Elsewhere, there’s an awesome update to the TV app for your console. Right now you can watch and control live TV through your console, but in November Microsoft is adding a DVR function to your console. This means you’ll be able to record your favourite shows, set up scheduled recordings, and even stream your recorded shows to any Windows 10 device in your home. You can even save downloaded shows onto other devices so you can watch them while out and about, without an internet connection.
But gamers won’t be forgotten either. A new chatpad that will clip onto the bottom of the Xbox One controller will help you type out messages quicker than ever, and also features a 3.5mm headset jack and physical controls for headset audio. There are even two customisable buttons on the bottom of the QWERTY keyboard – you can set them as any command you want, including ‘Take a screenshot’ and ‘record a game clip’.
This is going to be a pretty hefty update, but it will be available completely for free. The chatpad launches on 3 November, and we suspect the dashboard update won’t be far behind.