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The Xbox One might only have been out for a couple of weeks, but it was always inevitable that a system update would not be too far behind. With the console now in the hands of millions of users, the process of refining the experience can finally commence, and as per a blog post by Major Nelson, there are plenty of tweaks and alterations with the Xbox One’s inaugural system update.

It will be rolling out to Xbox One owners as of now, and with the process slightly different to what users will have accustomed themselves to on the Xbox 360, Major Nelson has offered quite a few details of what the update entails, and moreover, how it will be applied.

The voice-based Instant On feature, which keeps the console in a variation of sleep mode, automatically scans for updates when switching off, so if you happen to be utilizing this feature, all you need to do is switch off your console after 5pm PT on Tuesday, December 10th.

You console, a bit like a Windows PC, will then automatically download the update when you turn it off. In the backgrounded sleep mode of Instant On, the update will then be applied, but as with most updates, your console will completely shut off once completed. Thus, you will need to manually switch your console back on post-update, and thereafter, you’ll be able to revert back to Instant On.

The update takes, according to Major Nelson, 2-5 minutes, so if you’re worried about having your gaming / entertainment time impinged upon, then you needn’t fret.

Those not using Instant On will need to download and apply the update after Thursday, December 12th at 2am PT. Presumably, this gives the Instant On update schedule enough time to complete its mission. Whatever the case, if you want the update sooner rather than later, you’ll want to activate Instant On.

Xbox One console

As for the update itself, there are fixes for issues pertaining SmartGlass, multiplayer problems when re-joining games, faulty notifications, and improved general Dashboard performance.

The wireless networking driver has also been updated, which will improve connectivity for some of those who may have thus far encountered issues.

The complete list of changes in this update are as follows:

    • 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

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