Microsoft has spent the past few months refining its upcoming Fall Update for the Xbox One. Alongside major improvements to the Home, Guide, and Community tabs, come many more options for personalization. This is something the community has asked for during Microsoft’s Xbox Insider testing periods.
The Home tab will see many new options to allow gamers to truly make it their home. This includes the ability to pin your favorite games, friends, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and more directly to your Home screen. A new feature called “Blocks” is what allows Microsoft to offer more customization across the user interface of the Xbox One. Users will also be able to choose between a new Light or Dark theme, something that has become common place in many digital entertainment platform interfaces.
The updates coming to the Guide are all about speed. Whether it’s about bringing up the Guide during active gameplay, seeing what your friends are up to, or receiving invites to the new Tournament section, expect all of these to be snappier than before.
Preparing for the Xbox One X
The Xbox One X is set to launch on November 7th, and this update will prepare gamers for the transition, should they choose to step up. Among the features coming to support the upgrade are:
- 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.
- 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.
The ability to pre-load 4K enhanced files in preparation for the Xbox One X launch is probably the best feature of this coming update. It will allow gamers to spread their bandwidth abuses out over a few weeks.
For the full list of new features coming to the Xbox One today, see the official news release. Are you upgrading to an Xbox One X this November?