You can now send voice messages on Xbox One

And, uh, listen to them too

With today’s Xbox One update, users can now send and receive audio messages — and there’s cross-platform support, meaning Xbox One folks can correspond with Xbox 360 people, and vice versa. If you’re wondering what the holdup was for this feature, we have something in common.

Besides messaging, the update also lays the groundwork for dedicated servers for Party Chat. “Over the coming weeks, we will start to expand the availability of the party chat relay services beyond preview members to a broader audience as we continue to fine tune the feature and scale out the servers needed to support party chat relay services,” Microsoft said.

If you’re a SmartGlass user, you’ll now be able to turn your Xbox One on and off using the app for Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. And, lastly, the console’s initial setup process is being tweaked so users can more readily select a power mode (instant on or energy saving).

Xbox One May System Update: Voice Messages, Party Chat Improvements Out Now [Xbox]

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