According to The Verge, Microsoft’s first planned updated for the Xbox One’s dashboard software will roll out in March. The update will address a number of issues gamers have encountered on Microsoft’s new console, including problems with party voice chat, as well as the social sharing features.
Of course, this means that by the time the Xbox One lands in South Africa it should arrive with the new update already applied – waiting for problems to get sorted out is not such a bad thing, after all. Microsoft has still remained mum on a possible timeframe for the console’s arrival, much to the frustration of eager fans.
There are also rumours that the Xbox One could see new models. October’s launch of open-world shooter Sunset Overdrive could see a 1TB version of the console, which currently only has a 500GB, non-user-swappable hard drive. It’s also been confirmed that a white version of the Xbox One is on the cards, later this year. This was originally only available to Microsoft employees, but there’s no reason for the company not to release a paler console if gamers demand it.
What might be more interesting, though, is the prospect of an all-digital console – an Xbox One without its Blu-ray drive, reliant solely on the internet (and Xbox Live) for delivering games. A console with a larger hard drive makes this a more realistic prospect, but even 1TB would only be enough storage for between 30 and 50 games. And that’s before downloadable content gets added to the tally. The latter might not be very appealing in the local market, where slower connectivity would prevent the appeal and convenience of a disc-free gaming experience. Waiting for a 30GB game download would be a lot slower than just driving to the shop and buying it. Plus, you’d miss out on bargain-basement used games.
Either way, by the time the Xbox One does land on local shores it’s looking like many problems will be ironed out, new versions will be on offer, and there will definitely be more games to play.