Microsoft has been the subject of all kinds of ire since the release of its Xbox One thanks to a slew of missing or simply ill-equipped features when compared to its big competition, Sony’s PlayStation 4. Since its arrival late last year though, the Xbox One has received a number of monthly updates that have seen most of the issues raised addressed, but that doesn’t mean that the Xbox team is ready to call it a day.
Speaking on the Inner Circle podcast, Microsoft’s Xbox Head Phil Spencer has revealed that gamers will be able to take in-game screenshots of what they’re up to, while also apparently being able to set images as their wallpaper and choose a new theme for the Xbox One Dashboard. A huge and mind blowing win for gamers out there.
Spencer said that he was unable to give gamers any kind of expected release window for the new features, simply advising that "themes and background pics are things we’re working on." The man at the top of the Xbox org. chart also said that the lack of these features was something that he had been "beaten up over," though it’s unclear just what he means by that. With gamers clamoring for such features, were there some dissenters inside Microsoft also?
Microsoft’s Xbox One has generally found itself in second place this generation with Sony’s PS4 building quite the head of steam. Having had the previous generation sewn up with the Xbox 360, Microsoft is once again having to play catch-up. It does seem acutely aware of its current failings however, as proven by the updates that keep on rolling out of the door.
Microsoft has already added a new media player to the Xbox One while also reworking SmartGlass integration. One feature that should have been around at launch – support for external hard drives – is now present following a past update.
We’re sure that the above mentioned features will be available to all Xbox One users as a free Dashboard update, and whenever that bit of software arrives, we’ll definitely nudge our readers about it.
Meanwhile, do drop your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below, and tell us what you think of the new feature additions.