Xbox One September Update Now Available to Everyone in Beta Program; Prepares for Media Player and More

By Giuseppe Nelva

August 23, 2014

A few days ago Microsoft released the Xbox One September Update to just a limited audience between those in the beta preview program in order to keep doing some testing on the August version.

Now the September preview is finally available to everyone in the program, so if you’re part of it you may want to check it out, as it prepares for some rather big features, like the media player app which was announced at Gamescom, and that will soon (but not yet) support DLNA as well.

Be also ready for a rather long download, because this is one hefty patch, weighing over 1.4 gigabytes.

  • The Party App has been re-organized! You can now see what activities everyone in your party is doing, and more quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.  Also, Parties now have a Party Leader.  This person can change whether the party requires invitations, and she/he can remove others from the party
  • Media Player. A new app will be available soon that enables users to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon.
  • Boot to TV. Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • Live TV miniguide. For markets where OneGuide is available, a new miniguide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. Users can quickly change channels, see what’s on other channels, and access recent channels to quickly navigate to 1 more or previous channels.
  • SmartGlass updates. Lots of updates for SmartGlass this month, including posting status messages from Activity Feed, commenting and sharing items from Activity Feed and from Game Clips, a personalized Activity Feed on your profile, conversation view for Messages, record Game Clips directly from the Now Playing bar, and a What’s New page.
  • “Xbox On” in new markets. We’re adding support for additional markets to use the “Xbox On” Kinect voice command to power on their consoles:  Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.
  • GameDVR multi clip deletes. Users will be able to choose multiple GameDVR clips to delete at once in the Upload app.

Today a new “update to the update” (numbered xb_rel_1409.140820-2200) has also been made available, and below you can check out the new changes:

  • Fix for issues where apps and games may fail to launch until the console is rebooted.
  • Fix to address issues where attempting to connect to a multiplayer session may fail.
  • Tweaks to improve performance on Home, resolving issues such as black screens and lag/freezing. If you continue to encounter this, please report it immediately using the Feedback app (available via Report a problem, or if you have it installed already, hold Xbox button and press Y)

There are also some known issues to be aware of:

  • If you leave your console idle on a Settings sub menu for at least 30 seconds, and you have your console connected via wireless, it may navigate back to the main Settings page automatically.
  • You may experience stability issues when viewing large image files with the Media Player app.
  • Your external drive may not be recognized when the console powers on.
    • Workaround: Unplug and reconnect your external drive.

If you’re not part of the preview program, but want to help testing the update, you can look for someone that is already in the program, and he’ll be able to invite you. Just remember that the update is in beta testing, so it could most definitely cause problems to your system.

Beta testing is not a privileged way to check out the update before everyone else, but a service you do to the community, that (as you can see from the list of known issues) can often be inconvenient. If that doesn’t scare you, feel free to ask for an invite in the comments, specifying your gamertag. You might find other readers willing to invite you.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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