More ability to customize your home screen
Microsoft plans to start the next round of update to the Xbox One in February. The plans for the February pack of updates include a number of updates, but perhaps the biggest news is the addition of “tile transparency” which allows you to see more of your custom background.
Digital-purchases remain playable even if removed
Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One owners do not have to fear the possibility of their digital purchases disappearing, even if they are pulled from the Xbox Store. Like on the Xbox 360, if a title is pulled from the Xbox Store, those that have purchased it will still be available for the original purchase to download again.
Beta for Xbox One starts January 15th
Turtle Rock and publisher 2K have confirmed that Evolve has gone gold and had been sent out to replication. The game will release in February as previously announced.
Will it get unsigned code running
The hacker group H4LT is claiming responsibility for leaking the Xbox One SDK documentation. The SDK offers significant documentation about the hardware and software used on the Xbox One. It is unknown if it will help get unsigned code running on the console.
First console to get it
Microsoft is partnering with Sling TV to add its Video-On-Demand service to the Xbox One platform. The Sling TV service which is backed by DISH, delivers a variety of channels for $20 per month.
Better graphics and more functionality
While Microsoft has more planned improvements coming for the user interface on the Xbox One, the company is also planning new Avatars to take advantage of the new hardware.
Microsoft is targeting production for 2015
While we can’t get a real handle on when Microsoft might reveal the VR headset that they have had in development, we have learned from our sources that it is well into development and some selected developers already have developmental prototypes.
May require cuts to Kinect voice commands
A leak from the Xbox One Software Development Kit that was revealed by H4LT, indicates that developers have access to a seventh core on the Xbox One that is normally reserved for Kinect and voice command features.
Is being released for about everything else
Black Friday sales go to Microsoft