The Slightly Pointless Changes Made By The Xbox One February Update

Before you start reading the rest of this article, I’ll point out that I’ve already written an article looking at the aspects of the February update that I really enjoyed. You can find that by following this link.

If all the information you have about the February update came from the information video on the Xbox One’s dash, you’d be forgiven for not knowing the full extent of the update’s features. The video mentions the controller update, but not what it does. It also mentions Game Hub in quite a bit of detail. There are some omissions from the video, however. Surprisingly enough, these omissions kind of do very little for the console, so I thought I’d highlight these changes so that you can make the best of the new Xbox One update.

The best pointless changes are those to party chat. Party chat has been the bane of my life for the past year or so on the Xbox One. It seems to work about fifty percent of the time, and when it doesn’t work, it’s incredibly frustrating. It’s usually nothing that a hard reset can’t fix, but I shouldn’t have to reset my console every few days. The minute changes are both aesthetic and functional. Aesthetically, we are now given new icons for your connection status to the party, and the status of others joining the party too. The clock means that you’re currently connecting, the blue ‘Sqwarker Ring’ icon means that you’re connected, and the white cross means that something is stopping you from connecting. The reason that these are pointless changes is because they don’t actually do anything. If I can’t hear my friends, and my friends can’t hear me, I kind of know that I’m not properly connected. It’s pretty obvious. The new icons do nothing to change the fact that I can’t connect, they just reiterate the fact that the party function, at times, sucks balls.

Another few changes to the party chat function mean that you are now more likely to connect with those who have a strict or moderate NAT setting… apparently. This was one of the most frustrating aspects of the party system for me and my friends. I’d like to say that it has worked… but it really hasn’t. Sine the update, I’ve had to hard reset my Xbox One at least four times so that I can chat with my friends. One time I even had to do it mid party chat – that one has never happened to me before. In all honesty, all these changes have done is make it more obvious as to why it isn’t working. Sure, it’s nice to know why we’re not connected, but it still doesn’t change that fact that you’re not connected. Fix the parties, leave the icons for when it’s working!

There is also a pointless update on the controller. Once you’ve updated the controller, it will now take two seconds to connect your controller to the Xbox One, rather than the usual four. Two whole seconds! To be perfectly honest, I’ve not even noticed that the controller takes that long to connect. Is waiting an extra two seconds that much of a hassle? Have people really been complaining about that enough to Microsoft to warrant them making this update? Surly their time can be spent on better things.

I complain, but in all the February update has been pretty good. I love the new background options, and the Game Hub is quite exciting – and I can really see the potential. I just wish that they would stop beating around the bush and fix the things that need fixing, before doing the ‘little’ things. The Xbox One has a load of potential and if they can iron out the basic creases, like the party chat and general connection issues, I’m more than looking forward to what Microsoft have planned for the future!

What do you think of the update? Do you like the changes overall? Or do you even like the changes that I have deemed pointless? Do you wish Microsoft would change other things too? Let me know in the comments below!

  • Fanboys just die

    Stupid reporting! You’ll wannabe journalist sony fanboys are full of shit.

    • I’m not a “Sony fanboy” – feel free to have a look through all of my articles on my profile, because I’ve written positive and negative articles about both consoles over the past few years.

      I don’t think that somebody needs to be deemed a “fanboy” if they say something negative about a console – particularly after they’ve already said plenty of positive things about said console. If anything, the “fanboys” are the people who automatically discredit anything negative about their preferred console, and only praise those that praise their preferred console.

      I do agree with you, though. Fanboys are indeed full of shit.

  • Fanboys just die

    Stupid reporting! You’ll wannabe journalist sony fanboys are full of shit.

    • I’m not a “Sony fanboy” – feel free to have a look through all of my articles on my profile, because I’ve written positive and negative articles about both consoles over the past few years.

      I don’t think that somebody needs to be deemed a “fanboy” if they say something negative about a console – particularly after they’ve already said plenty of positive things about said console. If anything, the “fanboys” are the people who automatically discredit anything negative about their preferred console, and only praise those that praise their preferred console.

      I do agree with you, though. Fanboys are indeed full of shit.

  • Edonus

    The Icon s in the party chat helps out because I have been there times wondering if the person was actually there and you are not sure if they just arent talking or something else. The Icons just help you troubleshoot faster.

    Whats with all your party chat cutting off and needing hard resets that is crazy. My party chat has always been solid once connected…. I have gotten kicked out of games from crazy glitches and stayed able to talk to my party.

    • I can understand your point there. But me and my buddies had worked out that, before the update, if you and your friends had a blue icon the party was working, if you had no icon (or your friends had no icon and you had a grey icon), the party wasn’t working. So really all this update has done is give that more of a consensus. I’d much rather them fix the issues then how you identify the issues.

      And I have no idea why our party chat constantly cuts off. We all have the same issues at different points in the week. One day mine won’t be working, the next someone else’s won’t be working. In general, my game connection is pretty good, but I’ll be chatting to the party and then I won’t get a reply for a while. When when I look the party has been disbanded by the Xbox. It’s weird, for sure.

  • Edonus

    The Icon s in the party chat helps out because I have been there times wondering if the person was actually there and you are not sure if they just arent talking or something else. The Icons just help you troubleshoot faster.

    Whats with all your party chat cutting off and needing hard resets that is crazy. My party chat has always been solid once connected…. I have gotten kicked out of games from crazy glitches and stayed able to talk to my party.

    • I can understand your point there. But me and my buddies had worked out that, before the update, if you and your friends had a blue icon the party was working, if you had no icon (or your friends had no icon and you had a grey icon), the party wasn’t working. So really all this update has done is give that more of a consensus. I’d much rather them fix the issues then how you identify the issues.

      And I have no idea why our party chat constantly cuts off. We all have the same issues at different points in the week. One day mine won’t be working, the next someone else’s won’t be working. In general, my game connection is pretty good, but I’ll be chatting to the party and then I won’t get a reply for a while. When when I look the party has been disbanded by the Xbox. It’s weird, for sure.

  • Dylan Harris

    How did you not notice the controller used to tale forever to turn on? I don’t even think it was that slow when I got mine day 1

    • I didn’t notice, that’s the point. The only reason that I knew they had updated the time it took to the controller to connect was because I read it in the update notes.

      • Dylan Harris

        Lol I got that. I just don’t see how you couldn’t have.nothing was more annoying then switching your batteries in the middle of a online session, then having to wait for the stupid lights to stop flashing after 6 seconds.

        • Ah! I get you. See, I never have that sort of problem because I always use a ‘Play and Charge Kit’. They’re pretty useful because when the battery is getting low you can just plug them in to charge, and you can carry on playing whilst they charge. Plus, you get that handy warning which gives you a few minutes to just grab the cable in a natural break of the game. They may be a little expensive, but you’ll eventually make your money back over the cost of batteries anyways.

  • Dylan Harris

    How did you not notice the controller used to tale forever to turn on? I don’t even think it was that slow when I got mine day 1

    • I didn’t notice, that’s the point. The only reason that I knew they had updated the time it took to the controller to connect was because I read it in the update notes.

      • Dylan Harris

        Lol I got that. I just don’t see how you couldn’t have.nothing was more annoying then switching your batteries in the middle of a online session, then having to wait for the stupid lights to stop flashing after 6 seconds.

        • Ah! I get you. See, I never have that sort of problem because I always use a ‘Play and Charge Kit’. They’re pretty useful because when the battery is getting low you can just plug them in to charge, and you can carry on playing whilst they charge. Plus, you get that handy warning which gives you a few minutes to just grab the cable in a natural break of the game. They may be a little expensive, but you’ll eventually make your money back over the cost of batteries anyways.

  • HgGamer

    To the Pony Author STFU wanker you are full of shit and so is this garbage article

  • HgGamer

    To the Pony Author STFU wanker you are full of shit and so is this garbage article

  • Jessika S.

    So you didn’t like the fact that they shaved off two seconds, I didn’t know that it took four second but if my controller can connect to my Xbox One and get me playing as soon as possible why would it be pointless.

    • Javery Onyx

      I am gamer gate.

  • Jessika S.

    So you didn’t like the fact that they shaved off two seconds, I didn’t know that it took four second but if my controller can connect to my Xbox One and get me playing as soon as possible why would it be pointless.

    • Javery Onyx

      I am gamer gate.

  • ASSASSYN

    I never in my life until now seen someone so butt hurt over a console update. Weirdo.

    • I’m not that butt hurt about it – I actually wrote an article about the aspects of the update that I enjoyed first. I’ve now linked that in to the top of the article, if you wanted to check that out.

      I am slightly butt hurt over the fact that MS seem to have made the party chat feature worse for me, rather than better.

  • ASSASSYN

    I never in my life until now seen someone so butt hurt over a console update. Weirdo.

    • I’m not that butt hurt about it – I actually wrote an article about the aspects of the update that I enjoyed first. I’ve now linked that in to the top of the article, if you wanted to check that out.

      I am slightly butt hurt over the fact that MS seem to have made the party chat feature worse for me, rather than better.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    One thing I have noticed with the XB1 is you can’t leave a voice message using the XB1. I can use the 360 to send a voice message to my friend with an XB1, but he can’t send 1 back because the XB1 doesn’t let provide him with that option. He can only send a text message. That is something I would like fixed or told how to do but haven’t found it anywhere.

    • I’ve not noticed that one. I do remember the old voice messages from the 360, though. In general, they were pretty good – but I’m sure they’d be better now on a more powerful console with a better recording device.

      I think that MS are trying to encourage people to write messages, because they’ve updated the message features – but I’m of the opinion that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!

      • Dirkster_Dude

        It has always been easier for me to speak in 15 seconds than type it out which can take 2-3 minutes.

        • I agree. I even tend to use the voice-record option on apps like Whatsapp, rather than typing a message.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    One thing I have noticed with the XB1 is you can’t leave a voice message using the XB1. I can use the 360 to send a voice message to my friend with an XB1, but he can’t send 1 back because the XB1 doesn’t let provide him with that option. He can only send a text message. That is something I would like fixed or told how to do but haven’t found it anywhere.

    • I’ve not noticed that one. I do remember the old voice messages from the 360, though. In general, they were pretty good – but I’m sure they’d be better now on a more powerful console with a better recording device.

      I think that MS are trying to encourage people to write messages, because they’ve updated the message features – but I’m of the opinion that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!

      • Dirkster_Dude

        It has always been easier for me to speak in 15 seconds than type it out which can take 2-3 minutes.

        • I agree. I even tend to use the voice-record option on apps like Whatsapp, rather than typing a message.

  • NOSQEY .

    I like changes and updates if they are,an improvement to the console.
    I would like a more stable web browser that does not freeze and crash while you are using it, the abilty to copy and paste.
    Better sound quality from cd playback, 4k video streaming from netflix and amazon.
    That’s what i would like.

    • The web browser does indeed suck, but then Internet Explorer is pretty rubbish in general.

  • NOSQEY .

    I like changes and updates if they are,an improvement to the console.
    I would like a more stable web browser that does not freeze and crash while you are using it, the abilty to copy and paste.
    Better sound quality from cd playback, 4k video streaming from netflix and amazon.
    That’s what i would like.

    • The web browser does indeed suck, but then Internet Explorer is pretty rubbish in general.

  • Izzy Bozz

    Slow day at the officer, huh?

  • Izzy Bozz

    Slow day at the officer, huh?