Microsoft is pushing out a major update for the Xbox One today with huge improvements to the dashboard, a new lighter theme and more. The Xbox One Fall Update could take some getting used to, but ideally, it shouldn’t take very long because Microsoft has aimed to provide a more streamlined look and make it easier to use. The timing of the update is apt, as the company is preparing to launch the Xbox One X early next month, and it is also pushing details of its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Microsoft released details about the Xbox Fall Update today, and gamers pounced on the new information and quickly powered on their consoles to check out the changes. The company offered a glimpse of the changes in August, showing off the new Home and the Community and Guide tabs. Then it began collecting feedback from Xbox insiders and testing and refining the new features that make up the Xbox One Fall Update. Microsoft began pushing out the changes today worldwide.
The new Xbox One dashboard allows gamers to personalize their Xbox Home by adding their favorite games, friends and more. Microsoft calls the new concept “blocks,” as each of the items players add to their Xbox Home is placed in a block, which can then be rearranged to their liking or removed. Players can also pin up to 40 items, which will appear in the Pin block on the Home and in the Pins flyout in the new Xbox Guide. The dashboard can also be personalized by choosing from the high-contrast, light or dark themes in Settings.