Xbox One November Update Promises More Personalization
Next month, Xbox One owners will be able to customize their gamer profiles, tweet game clips and follow top trending TV shows on Twitter.In November, the Xbox One Home screen will look very different for some users than it did when the console launched nearly a year ago. Larry Hryb (Major Nelson), director of programming for Xbox Live, announced that next month's update will feature a handful of options that allow users to personalize their Xbox One experience. First is the ability to change the background on the Home screen. Apart from some color choices on the interface's tiles and the ability to pin apps, Xbox One gamers have largely shared the stock look since the device arrived in stores on Nov. 22, 2013. That changes in a few weeks, said Hryb in a blog post. "The #1 fan-requested feature is making its initial debut for preview members. For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background," he wrote. "You can choose a custom color or achievement art as your background on Xbox One, with more customization options coming down the road." The update is available now for members of the Xbox One preview program. In an accompanying video, Hryb and Richard Irving, a Microsoft group program manager with the Xbox Engineering team, detailed how gamers set new backgrounds, but caveats apply. In the case of achievement art—bonus imagery awarded when certain conditions are met in a game—users will have to have earned the related achievement. An upcoming update to the Media Player will enable users to set any image as a background, revealed Irving.
New customization options are also coming to the Xbox Gamer Profile. "You can now share your location and bio as part of your profile," stated Hryb. Profiles, which can be viewed by other Xbox Live members, will also feature showcase items, a collection of six selectable game video clips and achievements "that will be displayed in a carousel format."