For me, the most exciting announcement from Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference were the new features that will be making their way to the console in the next dashboard update. Mike Ybarra, Microsoft’s Head of Platform Engineering introduced the six new features for the first time at Microsoft’s E3 show.
Ybarra said that background music, language region independence, and the Cortana digital assistant, which will replace the current Xbox One voice commands, are coming to Xbox One later this summer.
There are also three new Xbox Live features that should be available later in the year, typically in the month of November.
For gamers who follow eSports, Arena is a new tournament platform that allows players to “discover, register, and compete” in tournaments. Aside from Microsoft Studio titles, games like Smite and FIFA will also be a part of the program, seemingly opening up the feature to any developer who wants to include their game as an option for players.
Xbox Live Clubs will allow players to create communities, and Looking for Group, “a wanted ad for multiplayer, ” should help fans of Destiny and The Division finally find a group of like-minded players to raid with.
What do you think of the new features coming to Xbox One this summer and in the fall? Let us know in the comments.
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