This week, we will be seeing a brand new update for all Xbox One consoles that will feature some exciting updates as well as some improvements. Let’s take a look at all the changes we should be seeing this week.
Simplified Home Screen
The team at Xbox will release the new, streamlined Home interface for all Xbox One users. based on community feedback, the team was able to build a more responsive interface that keeps your favorite content front and center while getting you in your gaming experiences faster Than ever. With the new Home experience, they have removed the Twists from the top in favor of dedicated rows for Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community, and Microsoft Store, while also giving you the flexibility to add or remove rows for a customized experience.
My Games & Apps UI Update
The new My Games & Apps will make it much easier to keep you organized. You will now find content grouping for easier navigation and access to your favorite games and apps, as well as labels for trials and demos and a streamlined settings experience to simplify how you interact with your gaming collection.
Image and GIF Support in Conversations
Xbox will now enable the ability for you to view images and animated GIFs in messaging conversations with your Xbox Live friends on console, with the ability to also view content in Message Requests based on your message safety settings. Now, images sent from the Xbox mobile app on iOS or Android or the new Xbox Beta App on Windows 10 will also display on your console, with the added ability to view the content in full-screen on Xbox One.
View and install individual games bundled through Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass members will now give you additional control over which content to install when downloading and playing Xbox Game Pass titles that are part of a larger bundle listing, such as Shenmue I & II. With this update, you will now see an “In this bundle” overview from the install dialog, as well as the option to select which individual title to download & launch.
Choose a Preferred Location for Notifications
You can now decide where you want notifications to appear on the screen by going to Settings -> Preferences -> Notifications and clicking on “Default notification position”. This will bring up a menu that lets you choose a preferred spot from one of six locations on the screen, letting you move them out of the way if they end up blocking something important in your games or apps. Note that while your preferred location will become the new default for most notifications, certain games may change this during gameplay for the best user experience.
Mixer viewing improvements
Several changes were made to improve your Mixer viewing experience on Xbox One. You now have the option to switch your chat mode to ‘classic chat,’ which displays chat messages in their own dedicated space beside the stream video. Additionally, you can now manually select the video resolution at which you want to watch content based on your preference. Lastly, you can now see more information about streamers you’re interested in, browse their VODs & Clips to watch, and host their channel on your own, making it easier to support your favorite streamers and keep up to date with all of their content.
More Storage Management suggestions
With the existing Storage Management feature, when you run out of space your Xbox One makes space-freeing suggestions for you by organizing and displaying which games, apps, and other content is taking up the most room on your hard drive. In this update, Xbox will introduce a “Move” option for users with external storage attached to their console, giving you the choice to either transfer or remove items to free up the needed space as desired.
Lots of great improvements and features coming our way this week for Xbox One owners!