Microsoft Rolls Out April Update For Xbox One, Brings In Party Chat Revamps But Skips Voice Messaging

Microsoft has finally launched the Xbox One April update after a long wait. While rumors about plausible additions via the update had been rife for long, it is only now that we will be able to get hands of improvements to the Xbox One. For starters, the good news comes from the revamped party chat feature and the dashboard achievement notifications.

Microsoft Rolls Out April Update For Xbox OneWith the party chat feature improved, users will now gain access to troubleshooting guides easily. In fact, this party feature will also enable the microphone to be used. This means that the party can inform users about plausible network or settings issues that might have held inter-party communications. However, a dedicated party chat server has not made through with this update.

Specifically for those having an Xbox One in China, Microsoft’s April update has removed the region lock. While the makers have not given an official statement on this firmware update, the buzz around this is strong. For the unacquainted, this means that gaming addicts in China will no longer be restricted from accessing play options based on location. The Xbox One Disc will now be operable in any geography.

One disappointment with the April update is that Microsoft has still not added the much-anticipated voice messaging spec. Perhaps, we have got to wait until the next update rolls out for all these features. 

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PS4 Vs Xbox 720: How Much Who Loves Developing Games?

The likes of Sony and Microsoft have no choice – with the ever rising popularity of smartphone and tablets as gaming devices, their consoles are taking a back seat as the preferred medium for gaming. Their products seem to be headed for troubled times ahead as there’s no stopping the onslaught of mobile gaming.

Take Sony’s PS4 for instance – the company is going all out to show how much it loves and cares for its game developers, in a huge effort to keep them happy and continue developing games for the PS4. We’re thinking Microsoft too will have to follow suit if it wants to keep the Xbox 720 popular.

Sony has supposedly taken a lot of inputs from developers during the making of its latest gaming console, the PS4. The PS4 has also made it easier for independent developers to design games for this device. The more say the developers have in the design of a console, the better are the chances of getting more games designed for it, which would in turn hopefully pull more gamers to invest in these consoles.

Looks like developers are finally getting their dues and getting treated with some respect for their contribution towards making gaming consoles the successes they are in the market.… Read the rest

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