Xbox One Patch – What Needs Fixing?
Few technology launches go smoothly, without some sort of bug or bother that hampers the experience, and Xbox One is no exception. Many problems have been documented, from the severe (crashing to dashboard) to the niggly and annoying (party chat not set to ‘on’ by default).
Fortunately, Microsoft has the ability to patch the Xbox One dashboard, which means that the flaws should eventually be stamped out. But what are the main flaws that need patching up?
Reddit has put a list together which can also be found on xboxfeedback.com, featuring slightly neater formatting. That’s as comprehensive a list as you’ll find. Yours may differ but for us, these are the absolute priorities.
Xbox One Crash To Dashboard
One of the big problems with Xbox One is how certain games tend to crash to Xbox Home and you can’t relaunch those games without rebooting the entire console. There are a number of different theories for why this happens – Xbox One running out of RAM thanks to games and apps not sharing the RAM well is the most popular theory – but Battlefield 4 is the game where the problem seems to be most frequent.
NBA 2K14, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Rising 3 and Madden NFL 25 have also been reported to cause the issue.
Although this isn’t a design decision that needs to be tweaked (obviously) unlike everything else on this list, it still stands as one of the biggest problems for Xbox One owners and needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.
Xbox One Party System
There are a lot of issues with the new party system, such as not being able to manually invite individual friends to games while other friends are present in a party and problems with party chat (one example: party chat is set to off by default). One specific example of how the new party system has change things: Killer Instinct only allows two-man parties to play, so if you’re in a mixed party with others playing Forza or Battlefield, you can’t then play Killer Instinct while in that party.
Partying up and getting into games worked well on Xbox 360 and it’s difficult to see what Microsoft was attempting with this new system, which seems restrictive without any real benefit.
Xbox One Online Play Tweaks
There are a lot of weird problems and quirks with how playing with other people online works.
You can’t quickly access your Friends List while in-game as quickly as you could on Xbox 360 and you can’t see a list of people you have recently played. There’s no ‘join session in progress’ option anymore. You can’t auto sign-in to your profile. There are no notifications when friends come online. Perhaps understandable given the longterm view of there being up to 1,000 friends but there should be some way for friends to be labelled ‘favourite’ and have notifications for them.
Combined with the unwieldy nature of the new party system, it all combines for an unintuitive system that users have to learn. Compared to the simplicity of the Xbox 360’s party system, it feels like a step back.
Xbox One Achievements Access
This is another area of Xbox One where it feels like a step back compared to Xbox 360.
The biggest issues are that achievement access isn’t as fast as Xbox 360, not quite as organised (not being able to view locked and unlocked achievements on the same screen) and most annoyingly, the inability to unlock achievements while playing offline.
Xbox One System Tweaks
There are various system tweaks for Xbox One that seem like huge oversights. What’s needed: the ability to see HDD space, the controller battery life meter and the ability to use external USB storage.
Could all of this be fixed with a ‘quick guide’ button of sorts, to serve the same function as the guide button did with Xbox 360? It could work in addition to the guide button bringing Xbox One players back to the dashboard – you could hold it down to call up the quick guide, for example.
Microsoft has already stated it’s working on improving the experience, with the party chat one of the confirmed items in Microsoft’s sights, so fingers crossed a few items on the list above are fixed alongside it.