Xbox One April System Update: Voice Messages, Party Chat Updates and More Now in Preview !

By Major Nelson posted March 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Thanks to suggestions from our fans, we continue to focus on finding great ways to bring the Xbox community closer together. Over the past few months, we’ve introduced several features to make it easier to connect to friends and meet new people.

You may have noticed a few new features that rolled out to preview over the weekend, including game hub links and more detailed achievement notifications. Now this week, we’re bringing even more features to Xbox One in preview, making it easier to keep in touch with friends on Xbox One or Xbox 360.

Check out the list below for features in the April preview update that are starting to roll out tonight:

Voice messages – New this month is the No. 1 feature requested in the Friends and Parties area on the Xbox Feedback site > “Add audio message …” Xbox One preview program members will be able to compose and playback voice messages in the messages app when snapped on Xbox One. Quickly and easily record audio to send to your friends or others through your snapped messages app accessed through a simple quick double tap of the Xbox button. Additionally, voice messages can be exchanged between Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.

Well, this will be the best party chat for consoles! PSN Dedicated Servers you gotta love that!

Dedicated servers for party chat – We are committed to continuing to make improvements to party chat, designed to improve quality, reliability, and ease of use. We’re enhancing party chat with dedicated chat relay servers. This new service will enable Xbox One owners that may have historically had NAT issues to party chat more reliably. Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage dedicated server infrastructure to relay traffic.
Currently, this service is only enabled for parties where one or more members are enrolled in the Xbox One Preview program. Those preview consoles enable the service for their party chat sessions, even if some of the party participants are not part of the preview program.

What’s On – The Xbox engineering team is continuing to experiment with the What’s On area, which highlights popular games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts and clips. What’s On has been available for preview members in the U.S. and this month, the preview of this feature is being expanded to Canada and the UK as well. Additionally, the “Staff Picks” are now more personalized based on your recent game activity, and we’re introducing new experiments with Twitter Trending TV, and Game Clips for subsets of the preview audience.

Keep sending us your feedback and we’ll keep working on bringing you the latest and greatest features on Xbox One.

Defiance – Massive Coop Trailer UNLEASHED !

Trion Worlds premieres a high-intensity trailer showcasing massive co-op for Defiance™, the highly anticipated online open-world shooter coming this April on console and PC. Packing in a preview of bad-ass bosses, ultra-modern alien-tech weaponry, insanely large battles, and cool vehicles, the co-op trailer sets the stage for the ultimate gaming experience to enjoy with friends this Spring. Gamers interested in joining the Defiance Advance Mission Beta event (PC only) scheduled for January 18-20 can enlist at the all new

Defiance is set in the dynamic and constantly evolving world of an alien-riddled, terraformed San Francisco Bay Area. Players encounter and face spontaneous Arkfall events and face legions of hostile creatures in a huge open world setting up massive cooperative battles like no other game.

Defiance is scheduled for release in April 2013.

TERA OPEN BETA – Action Spectacular for One and All

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Next step on TERA’s road to release: open beta

The oppressive heat of the last closed beta battles has barely begun to cool as TERA’s open beta phase begins. According to the Berlin publisher, Frogster, the servers will be open from today, the 19th of April, at 15:00 CEST (2pm UK) until Tuesday, the 24th of April, at midnight CEST (11pm UK). During this time, all interested gamers can experience the intense combat action of TERA with their virtual character.

To access the open beta, in which it will be possible to reach level 32, players will need to enter the following password in the account management system (


With the fast approaching release of TERA on the 3rd of May, time is running out for players to pre-order and secure the exclusive “White Stallion” mount and other in-game items. Currently, all pre-order versions of the game can be purchased at

Have a great day!