If you own an Xbox One, be prepared to see a drastically new dashboard coming your way with the Xbox One Fall Update which starts rolling out today. The Fall Update has been available for users in the Xbox Insider program for some time now and offers some pretty big changes and improvements.
Amongst the key improvements are the ability to customize your Home screen on your dashboard, as well as a faster and more convenient Guide. At first glance, the new dashboard can be a bit daunting and confusing but there is a quick help walkthrough that should get you up to speed pretty quickly. The top of the new Home screen will display the latest from games you play and friends you follow in a nice easy to view format.
With the new Home screen, you can add your favourite games or friends and even Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass listings with the new Xbox block concept. These blocks can be moved up and down so the ones you use more frequently can be moved to the top of your list. For those who make extensive use of pins, you can now pin up to 40 games and apps for even quicker access.
The Guide has changed significantly as well and works in an overlay flyout format which works rather well when on your Home screen or in a game or app. It’s also easier to navigate through the Guide tabs via your left thumbstick or bumpers on your controller.
Some other notable features also include:
- Bulk transfer will allow you to select and transfer as many games as you want all at once.
- Copy your games and apps over your home network from one console to another via network transfer.
- With the enhanced notification system, when your Xbox One is idle, time-sensitive activities and status are visible from far away.
- 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.
- 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.
- If your bandwidth supports a 1080p broadcast, we will upgrade it automatically for your Xbox One family of devices.
- 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.
- 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.
Have a peek at some of the changes coming in the Fall Update for your Xbox One console, and be sure to check out the link at the bottom for a bigger list of changes.
Last Updated on October 16, 2017.