Xbox One
Xbox One console. Shutterstock/Barone Firenze

Looks like Microsoft is bringing back an important feature to gamers when it sends out its first update to the Xbox One console this year. One of the big additions in the update is party chat details becoming available to users. Xbox One preview members will already receive the update with other users receiving the update in the coming weeks.

Aside from the return of party chat details, Microsoft is also providing a new Gamescore leaderboard option. The leaderboard will give you an idea of how good your game score is compared to that of your Xbox Live friends. It's a fantastic update for those of you who like to check game scores, but for those of you that don't it's just a reminder of how better your friends might be at a particular title.

Microsoft is also tweaking its home and pinned sections in the Xbox One dashboard. Users will now be able to rearrange individual pins, and Microsoft is making pinned items accessible while you're offline.

Other improvements are relatively minor such as the activity feed now prompting you when there's a new item to view. Game hubs are being updated to make it easier to see who's broadcasting on Twitch, and you'll be able to hide games from the ready-to-install list.

Furthermore, Microsoft is adding Xbox News items to the activity feed in the Xbox app for Windows 10, alongside improvements to the trending section to surface popular Xbox Live content. The most interesting change is a new compact mode that shrinks the app so it's more like a little messaging panel on the Windows 10 PC when multitasking.

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