Microsoft’s Xbox One console is getting a brand new and pretty substantial update with the Xbox Fall Update.
We have been hearing a lot about this update for some time now and those gamers who are registered to Microsoft’s early access program have had some time to try out the update already and while it is getting a mixed reception, it definitely brings some new features.
Some of the biggest changes are the Xbox homepage and the new Guide, which has been designed to be cleaner, faster, and much more customisable.
You can check the theme of the UI between dark, light or high and you can even set up your own customised sections on the Xbox dashboard.
Here’s the full list of features in the update:
Extra personalization to “Home”
- Add your favorite games, friends, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and more directly to your Home screen as ‘blocks’. Once you’ve added blocks, you can remove or change the order of the blocks as you see fit.
- You can have up to 40 pins which will all appear in the Pin block on Home.
- Discovery has been made easier for friend activities, leaderboards, LFG posts, tips, quick links to Game Hubs, across both your console and Xbox Live at the top of Home.
- Ability to choose dark, light, or high-contrast theme options in Settings.
Faster and more convenient Guide:
- It’s now faster and easier to move left and right through horizontal tabs with the left thumbstick or bumpers.
- When you bring up Guide while in an active party or broadcast, Guide will automatically open the party or broadcast section by default for faster access to controls.
- New “Friends in games” flyout informs you of friends playing the same game.
- Game invites wills how up in the Multiplayer tab of the guide.
- The new Tournaments section in the Multiplayer tab of the Guide provides a quick portal into the official and community tournaments that you’ve joined.
Enhanced notifications, screen dimming, and more:
- The enhanced notification system makes time-sensitive activities and status visible from far away when you Xbox idles.
- The screen-dimming functionality has also been updated to better prevent screen ghosting, both when the screen is dimmed and when it’s showing notification snapshots of what’s happening on Xbox Live.
- The newly redesigned Game Hub Welcome tab now features a summary of all the great content around the game on one page.
- Profiles now enable faster access to recent activity. You can now easily manage who sees your activity feed content through the “Others can see your activity feed” privacy setting.
- See more content at a glance with new Community feed, and view screenshots and game clips in an immersive, full-screen view.
Xbox One X (Launch Day Nov 7) Preparations:
There are new options to help save time when moving from one Xbox One to another (including Xbox One X):
- Transfer your games to an external drive so you can connect it to your new console and play immediately. Just unplug the drive from your current console, plug it in to your new one, and you’re ready to go.
- Existing Xbox One owners can back up their games and console settings to an external drive so that they’re ready to be applied to the new console during setup.
- Copy your games and apps over your home network from one console to another via network transfer.
- Bulk transfer will allow you to select and transfer as many games as you want all at once.
- You’ll be able to download 4K content for some games ahead of time to your Xbox One or Xbox One S, so that you’re ready to transfer Xbox One X Enhanced games to your new console on day one.
- You can easily discover over 130 Xbox One X Enhanced titles in the Store, and developers can optimize game delivery by making sure that 4K assets are installed only for Xbox One X.
- When visiting the Store, you will also see a new Microsoft Store logo and name in the Xbox dashboard (this has already begun rolling out to Windows 10 devices), providing customers with a simpler experience.
- You’ll be able to sort and filter your Installed and Ready to Install games library to find Xbox One X Enhanced titles.
Discover and Create Engaging Content:
- The Mixer tab on the dashboard will now display broadcast previews so you can see what’s going on in popular streams before you join them.
- If your bandwidth supports a 1080p broadcast, we will upgrade it automatically for your Xbox One family of devices.
- The Broadcast & Capture tab in Guide is also now more deeply integrated with Mixer. Once you start a Broadcast, a new flyout will appear that includes your profile stats.
- You can also use a USB webcam to broadcast yourself alongside your gameplay on Mixer, or to have a 1:1 or group video chat with friends using Skype.
- GameDVR will now be able to capture up to 4K/HDR screenshots and game clips on Xbox One X, and you’ll be able to capture content directly to an external hard drive.
- You can get personalized tips & help, smart notifications, community tips, & troubleshooting through the new Xbox Assist App.
- You can also change your console language to select right-to-left languages – Arabic & Hebrew – in the Xbox Settings menu.
- You will also see a new Microsoft Store logo and name in the Xbox dashboard, providing you with a simpler experience when you download and buy the latest products and content from Microsoft and its partners, including hardware, games, entertainment, apps and more.