Wednesday, December 11, 2013

System Update Rolling Out!

Yesterday Major Nelson announced on his blog that a System Update would be rolling out gradually to Xbox One consoles.  The update started being available on December 10th, 5:00 PM PT but depending on your geographic location, it might take a few hours (or days?) before you get it.  It is a mandatory update, so you cannot bypass this process unless your console is not connected to the Xbox Live service (i.e.: people living in a nuclear sub).

This update mainly improves the dashboard performance and updates some networks features.

The update should be downloaded once your console is in stand by mode for a certain period of time.  Once the required package has been downloaded, you console will automatically shut down, meaning that the next time you want to turn your console on, the "Xbox On" vocal command won't be working - you will have to reach for that power button that most of us forgot about since the X1 came out...

This might cause some confusion among users as a lot of people will wonder why the vocal command is suddenly not working in the morning.   As far as we can tell, this process is required because the update has to be applied during a cold boot sequence (from the device being completely turned off to booting into the OS).  Even if this update method looks quite effective from a technical point of view (as well as a time-saver compared to the updates we have for Windows), this is clearly not the most user-friendly way to update a console.

Please remember not to turn off your console while the update is being applied as this could have some serious consequences.  Wait until the dashboard shows up and be aware that some users have a reported that this operation can last up to 15 minutes in some cases.  If the screen stays black for a while, do not panic and let the update do it's things, it's "kind of" a normal behavior.

If you want to know if your console has been updated, simply get to the Console Info screen:
Apps & Games --> Settings --> System --> Console Info

Once on the Console Info screen, locate the version number and compare it to the following version numbers:

Previous version number: 6.2.10210.0(xb_rel_launch 131118-1159)
New version number: 6.2.10217.0 (xb_rel_launch.131205-2200)

For the complete description of the patch, please refer to Major Nelson's post.


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