More New Xbox One Features On The Way, Including A Party Chat Overlay

Microsoft recently released a significant Xbox One update, and already it's sharing details about more new features that are on the way soon.
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    Microsoft recently released a significant Xbox One update, and already it's sharing details about more new features that are on the way soon.

    A new Xbox Wire post details some of the features that will arrive for Xbox Insider members "in the coming weeks." This includes an expansion of the Arena feature to again allow players to create and participate in their own Killer Instinct tournaments, in addition to those for World of Tanks, Smite, and Halo Wars 2.

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    The aforementioned Xbox One update did away with the system's Snap mode, leaving an Achievement tracker as the lone form of multitasking offered by the system. Similar to that, Microsoft plans to add a party overlay feature, which pops up when someone in your party speaks so that you can easily see who is talking. You're free to customize the positioning and transparency of the pop-up, which you can get a glimpse of in the image above.

    Other minor additions include an option to share Looking for Group posts to your activity feed or in a message, as well as a way to filter activity feed posts in the iOS/Android apps. Here are all of the "fan-requested" additions coming:

    • Share your Looking for Group post on the Activity Feed or through a message.
    • Unfollow a Club or Game Hub directly from your Activity Feed.
    • Your profile will display your Arena tournament history and upcoming tournaments.
    • For Beam and Twitch broadcasts, you will now have an option in the Guide for your Kinect to locate you automatically.
    • Captive Portal support for wireless internet is coming to Xbox One, which allows for Wi-Fi authentication through a browser. Great for colleges, hotels, or public Wi-Fi locations.
    • Filter posts on your Activity Feed on the Xbox app for iOS and Android.
    • On the Xbox app for Windows 10, we’re adding the option to select the audio input and output sources for Party chat.

    There's no date yet for when any of this will arrive to all Xbox One owners, but those in the Insiders program may begin to see some of this today, with more to be added in the next few weeks.

    Source: GameSpot

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  1. XeClutch
    It'd be great if they didn't take this feature from us in the first place lol.
  2. Pyroman
    " Captive Portal support for wireless internet is coming to Xbox One, which allows for Wi-Fi authentication through a browser. Great for colleges, hotels, or public Wi-Fi locations."

    This was long wanted for me, too bad they didn't have something like this for the Xbox 360.
    1. Nokia
      For Linux and tech savvy users (My own words, or at least what I would do since I know how the majority of portals work. This is also assuming that the portal is using mac addresses as an authentication method): Connect to the network on your 360 or One, go into your network settings and take note of your consoles mac address, now I'd disconnect my console (If needed), grab a laptop and open a terminal and use macchanger to set my laptop mac to the consoles mac address, do the portal login and boom. The mac address is now whitelisted or whitelisted for a set amount of time. After that I'd just connect my console and be on my way. While I've never tried this on a network for this specific goal, it should work. This is kind of like when you'd connect to lets say airport WiFi, but they wanted to charge you. Well, you could just sniff for some client mac addresses and try spoofing to them until you found one that belongs to somebody that is paying for it and use all the WiFi you could wish for. I'm going towards this from a Pen-Testing point of view but I don't see why this would be any different in the case that the client you're spoofing is a console on a normal captive portal.

      I realize that most people wouldn't be able to do this, have the know-how or even the knowledge to think about trying it. (Not including members of this forum, because I know the majority here could have probably figured that out pretty easy.) However it's really one of the first things that comes to my mind. Obviously this isn't something that's realistic when connecting on a more than often basis, however it'll serve as a work around for anybody that REALLY needs to connect. Regardless Microsoft should have included support for this a long time ago.
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    2. Salus
      You could always just bridge a connection using an Ethernet cord to your laptop too
    3. Nokia
      Yeah, that too. :smile: I was coming towards this with using the consoles adapter only.
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