Posted Fri May 2, 2014 at 03:04 PM PDT by Brian Hoss
Finally, users will have control over the volume on snapped apps.
The updates keep on coming, and it seems clear that both Sony and Microsoft are making an effort to not only add and improve features on their new consoles but also communicating to users about those updates. Today, Major Nelson shared details on an update coming this month to the Xbox One. This update is all about sound including a new sound mixer for snapped apps, chat volumes controls when using Kinect, and a new system for improving the Kinect's voice recognition.
One major foible for the Xbox One's snapped app functionality has been the lack of control over the independent audio levels for apps and games. But now, rather than trying to lower game volume through game options or app options or looking for cable boxes with digital volume controls, etc., the Xbox One will have a sound mixer for apps with snap. Specifically, users will be able to dictate which app is louder.
Along the same lines, there will also be volume controls for when using Kinect for chat.
As for Kinect's voice recognition, Microsoft will be introducing an optional speech data function. For those who want to help to improve voice recognition, there will be an option to regularly send in voice samples.
Also, it looks like Microsoft is evolving their early access update program. This upcoming system update will be optional before it becomes mandatory, so those interested in getting these features soon will be able to do so while others can wait until the update is pushed to all systems.
Source: Major Nelson
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