Big Xbox One update delayed, Microsoft says

An Xbox One update scheduled for Tuesday 11 February has been pushed to later this week, according to Larry Hyrb, director of programming for Xbox, also known as Major Nelson.

The February update for the Xbox One will add support for USB keyboards and port over the onscreen battery power indicator for controllers from the Xbox 360 platform. The first major software update to the console released last November will also give users tools for managing storage on the Xbox One, add improvements to "the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time, as well as more refined controls over download queues and other software installation parameters," Microsoft said in announcing the update last week.

Like the Xbox 360, Redmond's newest console will receive regular updates. In addition to the added features that console users will see, the February release will include "lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One," the company said.

With the added control over download queues, gamers will be able to create separate My Games and My Apps installation lists, enabling them to pick the order in which they want them to load. There will also be a boot progress indicator to better track updates while they load, Microsoft said.

Meanwhile, Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten on Tuesday also offered some details about the next big update coming on 4 March over at the Xbox Wire site.

The March update will focus on improvements to the Multiplayer and Party playing modes on the Xbox One, Whitten said.

"While we're thrilled to launch the February update this week, we're already looking ahead to March. We've prided ourselves on having the best multiplayer service for Xbox 360 and we've listened to your feedback about the features you want to see on Xbox One and Xbox Live. We've heard your feedback and the team has been working overtime to deliver updates that will significantly improve the multiplayer and party experience on Xbox One," he said.

Also coming next month is the highly anticipated release of the team-based, online multi-player title Titanfall, which is set to drop 11 March. Last week, Whitten noted that the March 4 multiplayer and party mode improvements were being timed to "help make Titanfall the must-have game for this generation."