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Xbox One March Update Adds Screenshots Feature, Suggested Friends, and Much More

by Kyle Hanson

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The beauty of the newer consoles is just how changeable they are. The Xbox One that we have today is markedly different from the one that launched in November 2013. Each month brings new updates and changes that create a better user experience, and add new features that enhance the gaming environment. Microsoft has unveiled the March 2015 update, which will add the much requested Screenshots feature, along with a few other enhancements for gamers to enjoy. Take a look at the full list below, and let us know in the comments which is the best for you:

  • Screenshots – While playing a game, you can now take screenshots on your Xbox One console by simply double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller to capture a screenshot and pressing Y to save the screenshot. If your Xbox One is equipped with a Kinect, you can also say “Xbox Take a Screenshot” to take and save a screenshot.
  • Upload App – The Upload app is being updated so that you can manage your screenshots in addition to your game clips. You can use a screenshot as your background, by viewing the screenshot in full-screen mode from the Upload app, then, press the Menu button and select Set as background.
  • Suggested friends – With the suggested friends feature, the Friends area in home and your friends list will help you find and add friends. Suggested friends will include people you might know, so you add more friends to game with, and top community broadcasters and clip creators, so you can get more great content in your activity feed.
  • Sharing your name – We’re rolling out two new ways to share your real name; with all of your friends or to everyone in the Xbox Live community. You can also continue to share your real name with select friends, or with no one, if that’s what you prefer. Gamertags are still the primary method of identifying yourself on Xbox Live, but sharing your real name helps people recognize you who might not know you by your gamertag.
  • Tile transparency – We continue to listen to your feedback and are adding a setting to enable you to vary the level of transparency for your background images. Go to Settings -> My Xbox -> Tile transparency.
  • Privacy & online safety settings – We added a new setting for sharing voice search data to create an option for users to allow collection and analysis of voice data when they use Xbox – Bing to search.
  • Report spam – The Messages app has an added option to allow you to notify Xbox when you receive spam. You can now select a specific message, press the A button and then select Report -> Spam to report a specific message as spam.
  • OneGuide for Australia – Support for OneGuide will continue in preview in Australia for free-to-air TV listings.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Australia – Xbox One owners in Australia with an Xbox Digital TV Tuner can now use it with the preview builds of this month’s release.

The Xbox One March 2015 update is available now to preview members, and will launch next month for everyone on Xbox Live.

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