Xbox One operating system, sometimes called Xbox OS is the operating system for the Xbox One.[4] It is a Windows based operating system using Hyper-V virtual machine monitor and contains separate operating systems for games and applications that can run on the console.[1] It is located on the internal HDD for day-to-day usage, while also being duplicated on the internal NAND storage of the console for recovery purposes and factory reset functionality.

Since launch, Microsoft has been updating the OS monthly, with updates downloaded from the Xbox Live service directly to the Xbox One and subsequently installed, or by using offline recovery images downloaded via a PC.[3]

The Xbox One allows users to download applications that add to the functionality of the dashboard. From June 2014 onwards, entertainment apps no longer require the user to be signed into a valid Xbox Live Gold account in order to use the features advertised for the given app.[5]

The current public version of the Xbox One system software is 10.0.16299.5101, that was released on February 7, 2018.[2]

Planned upgradesEdit

Through its Xbox Feedback website, Microsoft has been soliciting input from consumers on its features and taking requests for future additions to the console.[6] Upcoming planned updates are scheduled for 2015 which includes:[6][7][8][9][10]

  • Ability to stream TV content to a SmartGlass-enabled device
  • Support for OneGuide with Xbox One Digital TV Tuner peripheral
  • Windows 10 universal apps
  • Ability to stream games to compatible Windows 10 devices
  • Ability to play cross-platform with PC players
  • Support for Miracast (currently in the May 2015 preview update)
  • Pause and resume game installations if external hard drive is unplugged (currently in the June 2015 preview update)
  • Xbox 360 backwards compatibility (currently in the June 2015 preview update, scheduled for public release holiday 2015)[11]
  • Windows 10 dashboard with integrated Cortana voice support.[12]

Starting in February 2014, Microsoft invited select users to join a preview program that enables them to receive early builds of upcoming system updates and experiment with the features prior to the public launch of the software.[13]

History of updatesEdit

In 2013 Microsoft pledged to add monthly updates to their new console.

Obsolete/Discontinued Current Beta
Table of 2015-above Xbox One OS Updates
Version Template:Nowrap Availability Required? Description/Features
10.0.16299.5101 Public Yes


Template:Start date and age Public Yes New Features


Template:Start date and age Public Yes Multiplayer improvements
  • Fix to address multiplayer issues across a few titles.

Party improvements

  • Made some small updates to the Party app to help team better understand issues reported by the community.

Performance improvements

  • Fixed an issue where certain type of disc-based bundled games would not properly install
  • 10-bit HD High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) platform support added


Template:Start date and age Public Yes Messaging improvements
  • Added voice messaging options
  • Voice messages can be recorded while Messages app is snapped
  • Voice messages can be exchanged/heard on both Xbox One and Xbox 360

SmartGlass improvements

  • Added ability to power on or off console from SmartGlass when SmartGlass-equipped device and console are on same network

Party improvements

  • Launch of dedicated servers for party chat functions to allow users with varying NAT settings to use service

Setup improvements

  • Add new power setting during initial set-up, allowing users to choose between "instant-on" and "power-saving" modes


Template:Start date and age Public Yes Party improvements
  • Party app provides additional information for troubleshooting communication problems

Game hub improvements

  • Activity feed posts can link to game's hub
  • Activity feed post generated when user follows game hub
  • Achievement app includes link on game page to its respective hub

Achievements improvements

  • Achievement pop-up now includes description of the activity that unlocked it
  • Achievement pop-up remains displayed longer
  • Improvements to launching achievements app from a pop-up

Dashboard improvements

  • What's On page added for users in United States, Canada and United Kingdom; includes links to popular content, including trending TV content (if OneGuide is enabled)


Template:Start date and age Public Yes New Features
  • Screenshots: While playing a game, screenshots can be taken on the Xbox One console. Screenshots can be shared to various places, such as the Activity Feed, via an Xbox Live Message, the Profile Showcase, Twitter, or OneDrive.
  • Suggested friends: With the suggested friends feature, the Friends area in home and your friends list will help users find and add friends.
  • Tile transparency: Based on public feedback, a setting has been added to vary the level of transparency of tiles on Home, so users can see more or less of their background image.

Other Improvements

  • Sharing your name: Two new ways to share users real name; with all of their friends or to everyone in the Xbox Live community. Users can also continue to share their real name with select friends, or with no one.
  • OneGuide for Australia: Support for OneGuide continues in preview in Australia for free-to-air TV listings.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Australia: Xbox One owners in Australia with an Xbox Digital TV Tuner can now use it with the preview builds of this month’s release.


Template:Start date and age Public Yes Stability and performance update
  • Fixes issues with video playback with some media applications


Template:Start date and age Public Yes Controller improvements
  • New firmware update for Xbox One Wireless Controllers increases speed of connection to console and addresses disconnection issues

User interface improvements

  • Launch of "game hubs", where users can access content specifically connected to that game, such as friends' activities, leaderboards and video clips
  • When a background image is set, tiles become transparent to improve visibility of background wallpapers

Party improvements

  • Added new icon showing status of party members' connections
  • Improvements to chat abilities for users with Strict or Moderate NAT conditions
  • Improvements to party invites
  • Improvements to connection times for chats

Live TV improvements

  • Live TV Trending tags listings in OneGuide with icons denoting if the program is trending on Xbox Live and/or Twitter
  • Added new markets for existing Live TV features
    • OneGuide now available in The Netherlands
    • TV Trending tab added to Brazil, France, Germany and Mexico
  • Improvements to system databases enabling control of more set-top boxes
  • Added "trick play" feature to Xbox Digital TV Tuner, allowing users to see still frames while advancing or rewinding a paused broadcast
  • Added streaming to Android and Windows Phone devices from Xbox Digital TV Tuner

See also Edit

Other gaming platforms from Microsoft:

Other gaming platforms from this generation:

Gaming platforms from the seventh generation:


  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15
  3. 3.0 3.1
  4. 6.0 6.1

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