May updates for Xbox One include opt-in setting to help improve voice recognition

Updates coming to Xbox One in May include an opt-in option to help improve speech recognition, a new sound mixer for snapped apps and chat volume controls when using Kinect, reports Larry Hryb, Xbox’s Major Nelson.

“The more voice samples we have to input into our algorithms, the better and more responsive Xbox One can be to our fans,” he writes on his blog.

Also, fans have asked for more control over audio levels and background sound, and as a result, under Settings, two new features have been added. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap, letting you decide which app is louder, he writes. In the same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat.

The features will roll out beginning this week to those in Xbox One’s early access program, who will give feedback. The system update will then be available to all Xbox One owners later this month.

To learn more, head over to Major Nelson’s blog and to Xbox Wire.

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