The fall update for the Xbox One system software is rolling out now. It offers a redesigned and more customizable Home tab, a faster and more convenient guide, and new Community features that make it easier to keep an eye on what your friends are up to.
The Home tab is built around a new concept called a ‘block’. Each block, which can be a game, friend, Xbox Live Gold, or Xbox Game Pass, gives access to a range of related content. For example, friend blocks show recent achievements or Game DVR recordings of your friends; Gameblocks give you information about game updates, your GameDVR recordings, and so on. Regular pinned games and apps are still there too, with up to 40 pins.
A redesigned guide makes it easier to see which friends are playing the same game as you, and it also gives access to tournaments and invites.
The new software is also smarter about things that happen when you’re away from your controller. The screen has been dimmed more effectively to prevent screen burns, and the new Community feed provides a place to catch up on whatever your friends are up to.
The Xbox One X will be launched with this software on November 7. For those looking to upgrade, today’s update offers some upgrade-specific functionality. With the new software, you can copy all your games and settings to an external hard drive. You can plug into your X when it arrives and avoid having to download everything again. Network-based transfers are also supported.
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