Xbox One Fall 2017 update rolling out, here’s what it adds

Microsoft has started to roll out an Xbox One update that adds a raft of new features, including the ability to completely customise your home screen. Alpha Insider members are getting it first, then it will be rolled out to other Insiders before being available to the wider public “later this Fall”. Here’s what it adds:

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Microsoft Fluent Design: Customise your home screen

One of the things that bugged us with the last major Xbox One screen is the home screen, it is clumsy and overly-complex we feel. That’s why we’re thrilled that the new Xbox One update presents the opportunity to customise the home screen entirely, using something Microsoft likes to call “Fluent Design”. You can add a favourite game or friend, for example, by clicking on “Add to Home” underneath and it will place a block on your dashboard.

You can then move it anywhere you like. What’s more, the home screen will then pull in related content, such as an Activity Feed post from a developer. New types of content blocks will be added in time.

Home, Social and My Games and Apps have effectively been consolidated at last. Hurrah.

Guide Navigation

A new Guide layout ensures that you can effortlessly switch between tabs to get to the sections you most care about more quickly. Sign-in, Achievements, multiplayer, People, Home and recent, messages, broadcasts and captures, and a new action centre get tabs in the new Guide.

Community

The community section gets a new Activity Feed layout.

There are new features, including the ability to read comments in full screen to make it easier to catch up with them all. Feed items can now be viewed in full screen too, so you can view shared captures, for example, as they looked when grabbed. Game Hubs, Profiles and Clubs have been improved.

And it is easier to find new Clubs to join and see which Clubs you are already a member of.

Windows 10

Windows 10 PCs also get some changes and enhancements. You can now enable or disable Game Mode directly in the Game bar. And there are more options for audio when broadcasting on Mixer.

Xbox Live network issues can also be sorted more easily with a new troubleshooting option.

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