Microsoft's July Update For Xbox One Introduces New Achievements Mode, Easier App Switching

The Xbox One experience is about to get even better, especially if you're heavy into Achievements. Microsoft's Major Nelson revealed at E3 that his company is getting ready to roll out an update for its next generation console in July, though some folks will receive the update over the course of the next few days. What can you expect?

For one, a new Snap Mode for Achievements. This is essentially a much easier way to track and view your Achievements, as you can view your progress in real-time without having to leave whatever game you're playing. The Achievements are sorted by level of progress, and if there's one that's giving you trouble, you can select a new "Get Help" option that will scan the web via Bing for tips and strategies.


Microsoft's also introducing a double-tap to Snap option -- double tap the button on your game controller and it will bring up the Snap Center. From there, you can launch Achievements or any other Snap-enabled app without leaving your game. If you already have an app snapped, double tapping switches between the two.

Other features include choice of spoken language, the ability to "Like" game DVR clips (as well as activity feed items in SmartGlass), and the ability for publishers to roll out digital bundles. There will be other upgrades included in the update as well, though Microsoft is keeping those tight-lipped at the moment.