Microsoft have made some great changes to the Xbox One and, in my opinion, the console seems to be getting better each month. Still, there are a few changes I’d like to see on my Xbox One. Most of them are minor changes, but still; it’s the little things that help to round off those rough edges.
Backwards compatibility, of sorts
This is an update that most Xbox One owners have been calling for since the console’s release. I don’t necessarily mean that the console has to be able to play 360 discs. It would be nice, but I’d quite happily settle for the option to download old 360 games instead. I’d love to be able to play some of my favourite 360 games again, like Fallout 3, Skyrim, Dark Souls, Left 4 Dead and Call of Duty: World at War. Sure, I could buy them again for the 360, and I’d imagine that it would be substantially less expensive to do it that way. Still, I’d quite like to be able to play these classic games on my next-gen console.
One of my favourite features of the Xbox 360 was the ability to send voice-messages. The majority of voice messages I used to receive were from squeaky-voiced teens complaining about me destroying them on FIFA or COD, but I also used the feature to send quick messages to my friends – without having to spend a few minutes typing them out. It was a quick and easy way of communicating with people without the need for opening up the message app and typing it out.
More Avatar customisation
Another update that harks back to the days of the 360! I used to love playing around with how my Avatar looked – and I would often check the store to see what new items were available to download for the little guy. Sure, it was a little sad, but in a way that little guy is an extension of myself on Xbox Live. He has been with me for well over eight years – so I like to treat him with a new pair of skinny jeans or a jumper, now and then. I also spent good money on a pet monkey who no longer exists on the Xbox One, and I’d very much like to see him again. A month ago I wrote an article about the possibility of Microsoft updating the Avatar feature, so it’s still early days for this one.
Sharing straight to Facebook
At the moment, we can share videos (and now screenshots) on the Xbox One Upload app, on Twitter and to our One Drive. From the One Drive we’re then able to upload videos to YouTube and share them on Facebook. It would be nice, however, if we could just have a share option for more social media sites on the console itself. It’s not necessarily something that everyone needs. Few people upload videos to YouTube as it is – but we might get more people utilising the service if sharing was made a little easier. Sure, it will only save a few minutes – but it will just help to streamline the Upload service, which is currently near perfect.
UPDATE: I’ve been reliably informed in the comments section below that you can indeed upload straight to YouTube. I think that you need to have the YouTube app installed to have the option (which is probably why I didn’t have it at first). As for sharing to Facebook, however, it looks like you’ll just have to post the video from YouTube, not that it’s the end of the world, anyway.
Upload editor for screenshots
The Upload app has very recently had a bit of a facelift, and the changes are definitely for the better. The app has made it so that we can now edit videos to a relatively professional level. It’s never going to be as powerful or capable as a PC programme for video editing, but for making quick, easy, neat and simple video content, you’ll struggle to find much better – even more so considering that it’s on a console. In a perfect world, we’d get an Upload equivalent for editing screenshots. In fairness, it may well be coming when the full update is released. But if we could have the ability to touch up the colours on screenshots, and maybe even have a few filters thrown in to appease the inner-hipster in us all, it would just add an extra bit of pizzazz to this brilliant new feature.
A better ‘Pin’ page
I’ve mentioned this one before, but I’m still not quite satisfied with the ‘Pins’ page. Currently, the dashboard features four pages – ‘Pins’, ‘Home’, ‘Friends’ and ‘Store’. Personally, I would rather see the Home page being in the centre of five pages, and then rather than a separate Pins page, it would be more useful to have one ‘Apps’ page and one ‘Games’ page. That way, we can then organise our games and apps on two separate pages, giving us more space and making it slightly easier to find what we want, without having to boot up the ‘My games and apps’ app. Again, this will only save a few seconds, but I’m all about having a perfectly oiled, streamlined console. The Kinect really streamlines the Xbox One, but the console is still a little clunky when you’re using it without the Kinect. Making a few of these little changes, as Microsoft has been doing over the past year or so, will make the console a bit more user friendly for those who don’t utilise the Kinect.
As always, don’t forget to let is know what changes you’d like to see on the Xbox One in the comments section below!