Major Nelson revealed via Twitter and his blog that the Xbox One party chat feature, a mainstay on Xbox since 2008 is getting an upgrade. This upgrade will allow for 12 players to join into a party chat, previously only allowing for 8.
On Major Nelson’s blog, it reads “[…]everyone on Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 will have access to 12-person Party Chat. Garnering over 2200 votes on Xbox Feedback, we are expanding party chat to include 12 people. This feature is being enabled for all of our Xbox users – and the Xbox App on Windows 10 as well as those in the New Xbox One Experience Preview.”
Great news: EVERYONE on Xbox One is getting 12-person Party Chat today. (Xbox One & Xbox App on Windows 10.) No preview required 🙂
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) September 30, 2015
This is fantastic news for many, and although the Xbox One party system and connectivity can be somewhat flawed, the upgrade from 8 to 12 is certainly a fantastic improvement, and suitable for more games with higher player counts, such as Battlefield, GTA Online and Forza Motorsport 6.
If you are on the New Xbox One Experience preview program, some new features are also on their way to you, so this should be in your next update, unless you have your console set up to download in the background.
- Party text chat adds more communication options. In the New Xbox One Experience, text chat joins voice chat as a way to communicate with your friends. At the bottom of the ‘Your Party’ page, you will see a button to ‘Show text chat.’ This will let you participate in the conversation. Party text chat will also come to the Beta Xbox App for Windows 10.
- A streamlined Game DVR experience. We have combined the functionality of the Game DVR snap app and the former Upload app into one easy-to-use app called Game DVR. In full screen mode, you can use this app to view your game clips and screenshot captures. When snapped, you can use Game DVR to start or stop recordings.
- New animated avatars. They are back and better than ever. You showed us that you are passionate about Avatars with many requests on Xbox Feedback. The new avatars will be animated on your profile and will start showing up in other new places in the new experience. If you prefer a gamerpic, you can easily switch your image.
- Updated menu for quick access to common actions. The menu button on your controller lets you pin an app or game to Home, launch a recently played game, or quit an app or game with just the touch of a button.
- Access new settings in the Guide. Adding to settings already included in the guide, like adjusting the headset volume, you can now turn your console off or restart your console directly from the Guide.
[Source: Major Nelson]