Ways to Improve Your Xbox One in 2017
2016 was a pretty big year for Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console and 2017 is looking to be even bigger with the launch of Project Scorpio in the second half of the year. While things are generally looking up for the Xbox One, and sales have been reflecting this improvement, there are still a few things that need to be improved upon and even one or two features that need a complete revamp.
Here are my top seven things that I would like to see improved on the Xbox One by the end of 2017.
Rethink of Movies & TV on Xbox One
While Microsoft’s Movies & TV (also called Films & TV in several regions) works fine for some Xbox One owners, for many users, including myself, the service is almost unusable due to its inability to stream quality audio and video in a consistent manner.
Despite other media streaming apps such as Netflix and YouTube working perfectly fine on the Xbox One, Movies & TV frequently shifts between image resolutions while streaming a film or TV episode, is distorted by static, and even crashes on occassion. I’ve experienced all of the above while living in both Japan and Australia and friends have told me they’ve had the same in several European countries as well. The problem could be the lack of data centers in certain regions but, let’s be honest here, the Xbox One has been out for over three years now and if Microsoft hasn’t worked out how to stream video properly on its own console, something every other Xbox One app has no problem doing, they’re probably not going to fix it anytime soon. The solution then? Enable video downloads.
Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix and the Movies & TV app
Right now, the Movies & TV app only allows for streaming of media. All problems associated with streaming would be solved if Microsoft simply added the ability to pre-download movies and TV shows before watching them. If Apple’s cheap Apple TV device can offer this functionality, there should be no reason why the Xbox One, a significantly more powerful piece of hardware, can do the same.
Overall Xbox One System Stability
Despite its numerous system updates in 2016, the Xbox One is still fairly unstable. The dashboard randomly refreshes on its own and quitting and app can cause all sort of delays. There are also several bugs associated with game stability, which can cause them to freeze for seemingly no reason at all, and internet connectivity issues that render parts of the system unusable. It’s likely a lot of these glitches will be fixed in future updates in 2017 but these sort of problems shouldn’t be an issue at all this far into a console’s life.
Don’t Forget Kinect
I predicted in another recent feature that the Kinect would be getting a new lease on life in 2017 and could possibly even be getting a new model (hey, I like to go big with my predictions) but that doesn’t mean things are good for Kinect right now. 2016 was a terrible year for Kinect. It was so bad in fact that many gamers have begun theorizing that Microsoft is even going to completely dump the peripheral altogether.......