Microsoft is rolling out the last major update for Xbox One today, as the November system update hits consoles around the world. This one brings fans the “number one requested feature” – custom backgrounds, believe it or not!
The new update also introduces the ability to share your favourite Xbox One game clips on Twitter (but not screenshots, oddly enough), as well as an option to attach up to six game clips or achievements to your dashboard, where they’ll be displayed in a carousel.
If you were hoping for somewhat more customisation, sit tight. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that extra options will be added to the console next year.
Highlights include the aforementioned customisation options, the ability to share more information in your gamer profile, Live TV and Twitter integration (including a new “Trending” tab for Live TV in some regions), and a stack of improvements and updates for the Store and SmartGlass.
Showing just how much Microsoft is listening, there’s also a bunch of new features lifted directly from gamer wishlists:
- Snap IE – From the Address Bar in Internet Explorer, you can now easily snap from a full screen experience and move Internet Explorer into snap mode.
- IE Featured sites – Now, Internet Explorer will show a number when something is newly-added to featured sites. Newly-added sites will also display a badge (denoted by an asterisk (*) in the upper right corner) until you launch them or seven days have passed since the site was added to the Featured list.
- Restart now – If you want to restart your Xbox One console without getting out of your chair, you can now do it by going to Settings – Power & startup, and choosing “Restart now.”
- Console update information – Under Settings – System – Console info, you can now see the latest status (e.g. “update successful”) for Xbox One console updates, including date last updated and last automatic update check.
Of course, to grab the latest update, it’s a simple matter of booting up your internet-connected console, if it’s not already set to download in the background. Microsoft has explained that there will be no major update next month, because the company doesn’t want to force gamers to download massive updates on their new Christmas presents.