Microsoft is now longer playing coy with crucial details surrounding the release of the New Xbox One Experience. During it’s Halo 5: Live event last night the company revealed Xbox One owners can expect the software update to arrive on their console November 12th.
Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that the New Xbox One Experience is going out to everyone on that date last night, just as the company was preparing to release Halo 5: Guardians. Members of the Xbox One preview program have had the software update since September. This is the same update that remove gesture support for navigating the Xbox One when users have a Kinect, though voice commands, media remotes and Xbox One Wireless Controllers still work.
The Xbox One experience also adds more than a few features. Microsoft says that it designed the New Xbox One experience to let users do commonly accessed activities by the enter community faster. For example, accessing messages, monitoring alerts, sending a party invite or even accessing settings are never more than a long button press away thanks to the new Xbox Guide. The OneGuide from the TV app now surfaces all kinds of video content directly on the Xbox One Dashboard. Because the software is built on Windows 10, the Cortana personal assistant will make its way to Xbox One consoles in the Xbox Preview Program before the end of the year. Stuffed into the update is also Xbox One Backwards Compatibility.