The Xbox One April update adds voice messages, chat tweaks and more

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Microsoft Xbox One owners will a handful of new features and changes in the next console update.

April is almost upon us, and that means Xbox One owners can expect another system update for their consoles. A new update video was released on Thursday which shows off some of the features users can expect to see next month.

First up there are voice messages. No longer will you have to frantically type out messages to friends, although you still can if you want to, but come April you'll be able to just fire out a quick voice message too. The voice messages will work across both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, so you'll be able to send and receive them no matter which system you're using.

If you've been having trouble with Party Chat on Xbox One - maybe you're unsure why you're not hearing your friends, or perhaps they're not hearing you - the next update will give handy prompts in the Party Chat snap app that will give you a heads up to the possible cause of your problems. Then you just rectify the issue, and hopefully you'll be good to go.

Additionally, Xbox update preview users in the US have been testing out tweaks to the 'What's On' feature, which suggests popular videos, movies, TV shows and game streams. Preview members in Canada and the UK will have the changes to this feature rolled out to them this month.

The achievement notifications have been changed slightly too - whenever you unlock an achievement and it pops up on-screen it will show more details, such as gamerscore and the description.

Take a look at the new update video below, which hears Xbox Live's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb speak to Xbox engineer Richard Irving about the new changes, and how they will function.

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