Xbox One February 2014 System Update Set for Next Week

Xbox One February 2014 System Update Set for Next Week

A step forward, but lots of missing features still waiting in the wings

Microsoft today confirmed that it will deliver its third major System Update for Xbox One next Tuesday, February 11. As with the previous System Update, this one is timed to Patch Tuesday and will include functional improvements, and not just bug fixes.

Microsoft released the first Xbox One System Update, called the Launch Day Update, alongside the console in November. The second System Update, called the Stability and Performance Update, arrived in December. Microsoft did not issue a System Update for Xbox One in January.

This latest System Update, simply called the February 11 Updates, will deliver a number of new improvements to Microsoft's flagship video game and entertainment console, the software giant claims. These include:

See and manage storage space. You will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content.

More easily manage your download queue. This was an issue I ran into with the Xbox One when I first got it, and while it is possible now to manage this queue, it's very well hidden.

Battery power indicator for the controller(s). Available right from the home screen, you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller(s). The indicator appears to the left of the clock in the lower-right corner of the screen:

USB keyboard support. You will finally be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

There are more features coming in the update, so I'll report back when we get the full list. I'd love to see USB storage device support, for starters, but I guess we'll need to wait and see.

Microsoft does note that it will then deliver another major System Update on March 4, ahead of the game Titanfall. That's not a Patch Tuesday, if you're paying attention, but I suspect the timing has a lot more to do with this eagerly awaited game (though based on my pre-release experience with it, that may be a bit overly enthusiastic), which ships on March 11.

"This [next] update will contain many new features and improvements, most significantly to our party and multiplayer systems," Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten notes.

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