Voice Messages Absent From Xbox One’s April Update


After preview members were able to take the patch out for a spin at the tail end of March, Microsoft has begun rolling out the Xbox One‘s April system update in earnest, though the company has confirmed that a select number of the new-fangled features didn’t make the cut.

Essentially, Microsoft held them back in order to put them through more rigorous testing, meaning that dedicated servers for party chat and the addition of voice messages may slip into May. Here’s a round-up of those missing features in question.

Party chat improvements – Additional icons and notifications within the party chat experience to help you understand your connection and microphone status. The party app will help you get your microphone enabled and show you when privacy settings or networking issues are blocking communication with particular party members.
Game hub links – You’ll see activity feed items when any of your friends follow a game, and you’ll also be able to get back to a game’s hub from activity feed posts related to the game – including feed items about the game’s achievements, game clips and screenshots.
Achievement notifications – With this update, you’ll also see the achievement’s description in the notification so you know what you did to earn this achievement without having to open the achievements app.
What’s On – The What’s On area is now available for Xbox One users in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. In it, you’ll find links to popular videos, games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts and clips, along with Trending TV shows if you have configured OneGuide for your Xbox One console.

We’ll keep you posted on any information relating to the Xbox One‘s April update as we learn more. For now, tell us, what are your thoughts on these postponed features? Let us know down below.