Xbox One home screen customization confirmed for next update

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014. | Games News

Microsoft is absolutely killing it with Xbox One updates, and the next one to roll out is no exception.

The company promised when the new Xbox launched that it would frequently update it with new features, and the latest much-requested addition is the ability to assign background colors and images for each profile on your console.

Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer signaled in early October, that this feature was coming, but he didn’t say how soon.

Now Xbox Live Director of Programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has confirmed on Xbox Wire that users will be able to choose a custom background color or assign any high-res achievement photo – accessed by unlocking achievements in games – as their home screen image.

What to watch?

A later update will also let users set any image at all as their background, using the Xbox One’s media player app.

There are also major changes to users’ profiles, including the return of the “bio” section and the ability to pin certain screenshots, clips, achievements, and other materials to your profile as a sort of Xbox résumé.

The new live TV OneGuide also has trending lists and popular movie lists for users unsure what to watch, and there’s a new “What’s On” section of the dashboard that serves much the same purpose.

Finally the console’s Internet Explorer app, SmartGlass, and the Xbox One store have all been improved as well.

Check out the video below to see some of these additions in action. The new update is rolling out to preview users now, and will arrive for more users in November.

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