Microsoft is starting to roll out tonight its second major update to Xbox One — an update that comes just ahead of the launch of “Titanfall” next week.
The update, which is intended to address criticisms and feedback received since the console launched in November, includes being able to get to your friends list faster; having party chat on by default; the ability to chat with friends playing different games; a simpler way to invite friends to game in multiplayer titles; and the ability to see a list of Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with.
In addition, “we know external hard drive storage is another big one on your list. It’s on our list too. We’re working on that for a future update and will keep you posted,” said Marc Whitten, chief product officer for Xbox One, in a blog post.
Whitten wrote that he considers the update rolling out today to Xbox Live on Xbox One will result in “playing games like ‘Titanfall’ on the best multiplayer service on the planet.”
Clearly, Microsoft is counting on “Titanfall” to goose sales of Xbox One.
Though the console sold briskly through the holiday season, it fell behind sales of Sony’s PlayStation 4 by about 2-to-1 in January, according to NPD Group.
For 2013, Microsoft had said that it sold 3 million Xbox One consoles, while Sony said it sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 units.
The highly anticipated “Titanfall,” from Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment, launches on March 11 in an exclusive to Xbox One (and for PC downloads and via physical discs), and on March 25 to Xbox 360.