Microsoft’s latest Xbox One update will finally keep distractions at bay

The transition of gaming consoles into all-in-one media devices has brought PlayStation and Xbox owners countless benefits down the years.

However, it has also brought continuous interruptions from those many apps and online services that can detract from the pure gaming experience.

Microsoft is looking to rectify that by adding a ‘do not disturb’ mode to the Xbox One range.

Ironically, this feature was present on the Xbox 360 when it arrived in 2005, but has been absent during the Xbox One’s life span.

The mode will suppress all notifications, while also making everyone in your friends list aware that you’re currently on a mission that requires complete immersion.

It’ll also be handy if you’re, say, watching a Netflix movie.

In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft writes: “Sometimes all you want to do is avoid all distractions and focus entirely on your game. We’ll be including a “Do not disturb” online status, which will suppress notifications and let your friends know that you’re not available for another game or activity right now.”

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The DND mode is part of an update currently rolling out to Xbox Insiders in the Alpha ring.

Other improvements include the addition of Mini Game Hubs within the Guide.

Microsoft says: “With this feature, you’ll be able to access great content for the games you’ve played recently from a Game Hub without ever having to leave the action.”

The community feed is being tweaked to make it easier to view comments. Microsoft is also adding more control over inactivity shut downs. Users will be able to choose intervals from one to six hours.

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