Posted Thu Mar 26, 2015 at 10:17 PM PDT by Brian Hoss
Dedicated servers... for party chat.
Right now, Xbox One preview program members can check out a trio of new features that will be released to all users in April. The first of these is actually cross platform, and that is voice messages. Using the messages app, Xbox One users will be able to compose and play back voice messages. The voice message sending ability will be cross supported on the 360.
The second update has to do with party chat. Microsoft is going to start using dedicated chat relay servers, which should alleviate those annoying NAT issues that get between players.
Finally, there's What's On, which is live in the US, but will be getting a shake-up with different US users getting different content. What's On is also spreading to Canada and the UK.
Here's the description from Microsoft of the new features:
Voice messages – Xbox One preview program members will be able to compose and playback voice messages in the messages app when snapped on Xbox One. Quickly and easily record audio to send to your friends or others through your snapped messages app accessed through a simple quick double tap of the Xbox button. Additionally, voice messages can be exchanged between Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.
Dedicated servers for party chat – We’re enhancing party chat with dedicated chat relay servers that will enable Xbox One owners that may have historically had NAT issues to party chat more reliably. Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage dedicated server infrastructure to relay traffic. This service is only enabled for parties where one or more members are previewing the April system update.
What’s On – The Xbox engineering team is continuing to experiment with the What’s On area, which highlights popular videos, movies, TV shows and game broadcasts. We’re continuing to test different experiences for preview members in the U.S. and this month, the preview of this feature is being expanded to Canada and the UK as well.
Source: Major Nelson
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