12-person party chat available now on Xbox One

Did you vote for it?

Microsoft is introducing 12-person party chat to Xbox One from today — and you don’t have to be in the preview programme to use it.

Major Nelson confirmed that the feature, which received 2200 votes on Xbox Feedback, will roll out immediately, and won’t require a console update. 

Naturally, 12-person party chat is also available on the Xbox App on Windows 10, too.

If you are in the  New Xbox One Experience Preview, you’ll also be getting an update later today that adds a few new features. Here they are, direct from the Major himself…

  • 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.

Former Xbox boss, Robbie Bach, believes that there will be another generation of consoles… but they probably won’t look, or operate, much like they do today. 

Are you part of the Xbox One Experience preview programme? Let us know what you think of the latest updates in the comments below!

Vikki Blake