Mandatory Xbox One console update hits today

Microsoft has let us know that there’s a decent-sized update headed to Xbox One consoles later today. This is a bit of a big deal, and “works a little bit differently” than you might be used to with the Xbox 360, so we’ve got all the details for you.

Xbox One Logo

Xbox One

Importantly, here’s what the update will address – nothing earthshaking, but a few nifty fixes:

  • Addresses SmartGlass issues for some users when coming in and out of connected standby
  • Addresses multiplayer issues for some users when re-joining games
  • Addresses issues with inconsistent notifications for some users
  • Addresses dashboard performance for some users
  • Offers improvements for Xbox One’s TV, system update, and content update services for scaling over time
  • Updated wireless networking driver to improve connectivity issues for some users

The mandatory update will affect you in one of two ways, depending on how you use your console.

If you’re the sort of person who leaves your Xbox One in the low-power state that means you can simply wake it up by saying “Xbox On”, then the machine will check for updates automatically every time you turn it off. This will happen any time after Tuesday, December 10th at 5pm PT (What’s that in my timezone?)

Major Nelson explains the process:

  • Your console will automatically download the update after you turn it off. Once the update has been downloaded in the background, your console will power completely down. Please note: You will need to manually power your console back on after the update has been downloaded. Because the update will power your console completely down, the “Xbox On” voice command won’t be available until after the update is fully installed.
  • When you turn the console on you’ll see the update being applied. After that, your Xbox One will reboot. You’ll know the update is installing when you see the Xbox logo on the green background (like at the top of this post.) This can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes. Once the update has finished installing, you’ll boot to the Home screen and you’re all set.
  • Don’t worry, if you are out of town for the holidays, your console also does regular checks for updates and will download it in the background even if you have not used you Xbox One in a couple of days.

On the other hand, you might not be using the Instant On feature, in which case, you’ll need to download and apply the update the next time you turn on your console after Thursday December 12 at 2am PT (What’s that in my timezone?).

The Major promises “quite a few updates” for the Xbox One over the next year, taking inspiration from the feedback Microsoft has been getting from the community – so if you have something you think should be tweaked, make sure you let them know!

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