Microsoft is rolling out another update for Xbox One owners beginning next week, and gamers will see several new additional features on their console.
Here’s a rundown of some of the new updates:
Mobile purchasing: You’ll be able to buy games remotely on a mobile device using Xbox SmartGlass or Xbox.com, and have them automatically downloaded to your console. This was one of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback, the new forum that encourages gamers to post and vote on all types of Xbox-related ideas.
Activity feed updates: Microsoft has changed the activity feed interface to a single column scrolling list that will include more content. Gamers will be able to post text to the new feed, “like” and comment on feed items, and share game clips to the feed.
New friends area on Home: This new feature shows what games your Xbox Live friends are playing, a Gamerscore leaderboard, and how long it’s been since your friends logged on. This will be tested under an “extended preview,” so most Xbox One owners probably won’t see this update for a while.
Other changes include Blu-Ray 3D functionality, OneGuide listings in four new countries (Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Ireland), low controller battery notifications, and the ability to disable notifications during video.
On Wednesday, Microsoft noted that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut from the Xbox One with Kinect — sales doubled in one month. Even though Microsoft doubled Xbox One sales, the price cut was not enough to upend Sony for U.S. sales in June, as Sony sold more PlayStation 4’s for the sixth-straight month.