Xbox One March update adds screenshot function and more

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Xbox One owners can now take screenshots on their consoles with the latest update.

Finally, it's here. The ability to take screenshots on your Xbox One began to roll out in the latest update for the console on Tuesday. So, if you're yet to fire up your Xbox One this week you should first make sure you grab the latest update.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer teased the new screenshot feature in a tweet last month, and now everyone can take their own shots to share. To take a screenshot you simply double-tap the Xbox button on your controller, and press 'Y' to save the screenshot. Kinect can also be used to take screenshots. The image is then saved to the Xbox One's Upload Studio app for you to save it as your background, share it to your activity feed, and more.

Other additions to this month's update include a new 'suggested friends' feature in the Friends section on the console. This simply does what it says on the tin, by giving you suggestions of people you may want to add to your friends list - they could be mutual friends of your current friends, or popular streamers, and more.

Xbox's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb gives more details on the update in the below video.

Here's a list of updates and changes, as per Major Nelson's blog:

Screenshots – You can now take screenshots on your Xbox One console by simply double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller to capture a screenshot and pressing Y to save the screenshot. You can also say “Xbox, take a screenshot” to take and save a screenshot.

Upload app – You can manage your screenshots in addition to your game clips in the Upload app. To set a screenshot as your background, go to Upload, open the screenshot full screen, press the Menu button, and select Set as background. You can also use Upload to share screenshots to your activity feed, attach them to messages, add screenshots to your showcase, share to Twitter, and post to OneDrive.

Suggested friends – To find new friends, go to Friends and look for people under the Suggested friends heading or select the Suggested friends Or, if you don’t have a ton of friends yet, just check the Friends area of Home.

Sharing your name – Gamertags are still the primary method of identifying yourself on Xbox Live, but sharing your real name helps people recognize you who might not know you by your gamertag. The new name sharing options can be found under Friends > My profile > Name sharing settings.

Party chat enhancements – We added two new icons to party chat to show each participant their own microphone status. The Kinect icon means the Kinect is being used as the mic and the headset icon means the headset mic is being used.

Tile transparency – We’re adding a setting to vary the level of transparency for your background images. To do this, go to Settings > My Xbox > Tile transparency.

Voice search privacy – We added a new setting to share voice search data to allow anonymous collection and analysis of voice data when using Bing on Xbox to search. Go to Settings > Privacy and online safety > Custom> Share voice search data to change the setting.

Report spam – The Messages app has an added option to notify Xbox when you receive spam. To report a message as spam, select it, press A on the controller, select Report, and then choose Spam.

Live TV & OneGuide in Australia – Support for OneGuide is now available to all users in Australia for free-to-air TV listings. Additionally, the OneGuide app will be pre-pinned for users in Australia a few days after the March system update goes live.

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Australia – Xbox One owners in Australia can pre-purchase the Xbox Digital TV Tuner at the online Microsoft Store, Availability of the tuner is planned for March 25, 2015.

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