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Xbox One April update adds friends notifications, more

Console to launch in 26 new markets this September.

Microsoft has announced further improvements for the Xbox One.

An April update will add a game save progress bar to the user interface, which shows you the status of your game saves. You'll also be able to tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.

Elsewhere, the April update makes improvements to the Friends system. Notifications will be added so you can see when friends sign in to Xbox Live. Friends in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. You'll also be able to view friends' most popular apps.

The update will also improve the quality and reliability of Kinect voice and motion, and improve the quality of the GameDVR.

One much called feature hasn't made it into the April update, however: support for external hard drive storage. Microsoft said that this is still coming.

Meanwhile, Microsoft today announced that Xbox One will launch in 26 new markets this September, including Japan. They are:

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • UAE

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