Following a user request, Microsoft has improved the Xbox One Party Chat to work with 12 participants. The feature upgrade will get rolled out for all users today.
According to Microsoft´s Major Nelson / Lawrence Hryb “There will be no visible update for your app or console, it’s all server side.”
“Party text chat adds more communication options. In the New Xbox One Experience, text chat joins voice chat as a way to communicate with your friends. At the bottom of the ‘Your Party’ page, you will see a button to ‘Show text chat.’ This will let you participate in the conversation. Party text chat will also come to the Beta Xbox App for Windows 10.”
The request had been made by user Masternader21 in July this year via Xbox Feedback and met strong support by many Xbox One gamers getting a total of 2257 votes.
“Parties tend to fill up fast when playing games like FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4, when playing online with a full team in FIFA you are forced to split up into two separate parties since the game chat is temperamental. It would be much easier to get games organized if we were able to have more of our friends in the same place at once.”
Other feature improvements
In addition to the party chat upgrade, Microsoft improves some other features of the Xbox One.
- “A streamlined Game DVR experience. We have combined the functionality of the Game DVR snap app and the former Upload app into one easy-to-use app called Game DVR. In full screen mode, you can use this app to view your game clips and screenshot captures. When snapped, you can use Game DVR to start or stop recordings.
- New animated avatars. They are back and better than ever. You showed us that you are passionate about Avatars with many requests on Xbox Feedback. The new avatars will be animated on your profile and will start showing up in other new places in the new experience. If you prefer a gamerpic, you can easily switch your image.
- Updated menu for quick access to common actions. The menu button on your controller lets you pin an app or game to Home, launch a recently played game, or quit an app or game with just the touch of a button.
- Access new settings in the Guide. Adding to settings already included in the guide, like adjusting the headset volume, you can now turn your console off or restart your console directly from the Guide.”
Source: Microsoft / Major Nelson