March 5, 2014 - 21:35 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Microsoft has begun rolling out the most significant system update to the Xbox One since the game console launched in November 2013, The Telegraph reports.
First announced in February, the update adds new features and fixes issues related to the Xbox One's matchmaking, 'party chat' and friends features.
The friends list is now front and centre on the homepage of the Friends app, allowing users to see who is online and what they are doing. Party chat is also turned on by default, allowing users to chat with their friends who are online, or everyone playing the game.
The 'Invite friends to game' option is also now available, making it easier to set up multiplayer battles. Players can also see a list of Xbox Live members they have recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with friends or report a player for bad behavior.
Other updates include support for live streaming on the game-streaming app Twitch, 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, and 50Hz output to Xbox One, as well as a host of general improvements such as volume control, notifications of Xbox Live messages through SmartGlass, and support for Xbox One accessories.
The system update comes ahead of the launch of Titanfall, the highly anticipated first-person shooter game, which is arguably the most anticipated game to hit store shelves since the launch of the Xbox One.
The game is being published by Electronic Arts exclusively for Microsoft and will launch on Windows and Xbox One on March 11, before making its way to the Xbox 360 on March 25.
Rival console maker Sony announced that it has sold 6 million PlayStation 4 units globally in the four months since its launch, compared to an estimated 3.5 million Xbox One units over the same period.