In either version, you get firmware updates for your hardware to increase performance or update certain software features.
Poke around in your Xbox One settings and you’ll find nothing helpful, no log files or download histories to peruse, no way to guesstimate what might have knocked things out of orbit.
It’s as if Microsoft believes we’re living in some perfect future moment, where being able to back-step through a device’s activities is nonessential, and where system updates work without problems every time.
Clearly we’re living in that perfect future, where companies twiddle tech from afar on the sly, sliding in tweaks and fixes without disrupting our experience.
As it is, this feels just as last-gen as updating an Xbox 360 or Play Station 3, only without the guidance.
Like all game consoles, there are occasional updates to add new features such as social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, etc or the ability to play different types of files.
Xbox Live has two types of offerings, free and Gold Membership.
The free version gets you free game demos, game add-ons, games on demand, arcade games, avatars, and voice/text chat.
The Gold Membership gives you Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, streaming Netflix, video chat, and Xbox Live parties.
My Xbox One finally devoured the update an hour or so after I powered it up (then off, then back on, then back off, and so forth in my attempt to trigger the process).