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Xbox One gets voice messages and SmartGlass remote power on

Microsoft has rolled out its latest monthly update for the Xbox One console, bringing a few more user-requested features.

The May update is now available for Xbox One owners to download and brings voice messages in the Xbox Messages app and the ability to power the console on and off using the SmartGlass companion app.

The system boost also brings the user selectable power mode that’ll enable gamers to choose between accessing the “Xbox On” voice command or an energy-saving mode that requires gamers to actually – shock horror – press the Xbox button to start the console.

The new option arrives following concerns over how much energy the Xbox One consumes when the ‘instant on’ mode is in operation. As the console is always running in the background, downloading software updates in the background in order to save time, it uses up more juice.

Microsoft says the new energy-saving mode will save gamers up to $15 a year on their electricity bill, but will mean users have to sacrifice background updating.

On a recent Xbox Wire post Microsoft wrote: “By providing multiple power states in Xbox One and empowering our fans with choice, we sought to balance energy efficiency and functionality. At the same time, we know many Xbox One fans are vigilant about their household’s energy consumption; after all, environmental leadership often begins at home.”

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Elsewhere the May update brings dedicated servers for Party Chat, which should solve issues that had prevented some accessing the service.

You can see the details in the video below.