Microsoft's first big update for the Xbox One will deal with making some of its social features more accessible, according to Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten.
Speaking to Endgadget at CES, Whitten said, "The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you're gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we're going to fix those things. As a person who's been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it's harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren't right, and I don't like the model."
Gamers have complained that the placement of features such as Friends list, Achievements, Parties and Avatars in separate apps makes them tough to find and awkward to use.
Whitten was keen to emphasise the fact that Microsoft is responding to users. "So what I'm trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up," he said. "Let's take an update and really go through a big list of what we're hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete. I think that's a theme you'll really see us push on -- that Live experience."
Whitten also hinted, when asked, that game streaming would be addressed by June. After saying that plans aren't nailed down, he said "...my general strategy at E3 is to talk about things that are gonna happen from that E3 to the next E3. So, we are not yet to the next E3."