Next Major Xbox System Update: Sneak Peek!

Chris Burns - Aug 7, 2017
Next Major Xbox System Update: Sneak Peek!

The Xbox Insider Program has an Xbox One update they’ve begun delivering today to all participants on the console. Customization elements will be delivered to both Xbox One and Windows 10. This new update will also give users an “effortless” guide navigation, a reorganized Activity Feed, and a new Game Bar. This update is all about deeper control of the system – how it looks and what it does.

On Xbox One, users will FINALLY be able to customize the look of their homepage. Users will be able to “Add to Home” things like games and friends – not entirely unlike Windows Phone used to allow. Or still does allow – last time it was updated.

Using Microsoft Fluent Design principles, the home page will focus on “speed, customization, and expression.” That apparently includes sending notifications to you through the blocks you’ve placed on the homepage. Suggestions are included there as well – smart for Microsoft.

In Windows 10, users will be able to enable and disable their Game Mode with a switch in the Game Bar. Audio controls are getting a bit more deep: game-only audio and system-wide audio toggle included. Windows 10 also gets a new Xbox Live Network Troubleshooting option in settings – not that you’ll ever use it.

According to Xbox’s Mike Ybarra, “This is just the beginning of some major updates arriving for Xbox gamers later this year.” We’re expecting some big changes before the new year!

How to get Xbox Insider for Xbox One:
1. Go to My games & apps.
2. From the Updates tab, select the Xbox Preview Dashboard.
3. Once the update is complete, the app name and icon will be changed to the Xbox Insider Hub.
4. Go back to My games & apps.
5. From the Apps tab, select the Xbox Insider Hub.

How to get Xbox Insider from your Windows 10 PC:
1. Sign in with your gamertag registered in the Xbox Insider Program.
2. Go to My games & apps.
3. From the Ready to Install tab, select the Xbox Insider Hub.
4. Select Install.

To access the Xbox Insider Program, users have two options, both of which are listed above. To learn more about the Xbox Insider Program, have a peek at our earlier story on its original launch. The Xbox Insider Program has been around since early last year to a select few users, then was and was opened up to all Xbox One owners in November. Now its up and running like nobody’s business! Let us know if you’re in!

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