October 22nd 2014, 8:00 pm PT
This past Monday, we announced a slate of new customization options for Xbox One, including the ability to choose a custom color or achievement art as your background. We also promised more customization options coming down the road. For those of you in the Xbox Preview Program, those new options are beginning to roll out today.
The latest Media Player update allows you to create customized Xbox One backgrounds using your own pictures. Here’s how it works:
- Connect a USB to console / Connect a source through DLNA
- Launch Media Player (either directly or through Settings>My Xbox > My background > Custom image)
- Navigate to source of your choosing (USB/DLNA)
- Navigate to folder/file of your choosing
- Select the jpg/png image – see it full screen.
- Once you are viewing the image full screen, hit the menu button.
- Select “Set as background”
- You will be sent back to the full screen view of the image. Hit nexus, see the image on Home.
To help select or create an image that will work best for the background, the Xbox Design Team created handy Photoshop template so you can see what parts of your pic will be blocked by the tiles. Download it here (Adobe Photoshop required to open): http://mjr.mn/XBOBackgrounds (I had the PSD template updated with green squares instead of transparent. This will help better position your background)
If you make a great background, share it! Drop a link into the comments below for others to download and try.
Note: all links are automatically pulled into moderation, they’ll be approved within 24 hours.
If you are having trouble, remove the media player app and reinstall it. Read the comments below for more troubleshooting tips.
Update: There is a new subreddit now open for Xbox One Backgrounds.
October 22nd 2014, 12:26 pm PT
Content: Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project
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Game Description: Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project, is a fast paced, space themed, RTS and top-down shooter combo. Pick up a controller and work with Vox using voice commands to try to stop relentless attacks. Voice Commander can be played with up to eight controllers, and anyone in the room can issue voice commands.
Voice Commander is a free download.
Microsoft Garage turns fresh ideas into real projects. Learn more at microsoft.com/garage, and get a bit of insight into other upcoming Microsoft Garage projects here.
October 22nd 2014, 10:00 am PT
Microsoft retail stores are celebrating the launch of Sunset Overdrive with a series of in-store events and giveaways. Every store will hold a raffle with great prizes on the line, such as controllers, Xbox Live Gold memberships, Xbox music passes, and the Xbox One consoles.
Additionally, six of the largest Microsoft stores locations will go full Sunset City; to match the WonderTown Land atmosphere in Sunset Overdrive, the Stores will have a Sunset City insipired carnival atmosphere with a photo opp, a DJ outfitted as the hero, as well as Surface demo tables and special raffle entries for giveaways and more. The following stores will have the full Sunset Overdrive experience: Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA), The Streets at Southpoint (Durham, NC), Century City (Los Angeles, CA), Dadeland Mall (Miami, FL), Mall of America (Minneapolis, MN), and Metropolis at Metrotown (Vancouver, Canada)
All Sunset Overdrive launch events take will begin at 10 p.m. on this coming Monday, October 27th.
Microsoft retail stores also have the following exclusive pre-order offers for Sunset Overdrive:
- If you pre-order Sunset Overdrive in store before Tuesday, Oct. 28, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. If you pre-order online and are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, towards the Xbox Store..
- With Sunset Overdrive pre-orders through Microsoft Store, users will get exclusive melee weapons Acordes de la Muerte and The Hangover as an added bonus to the Day One Edition. They’ll also receive an exclusive white controller holder with the pre-order of the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle.
- Everyone who pre-orders Sunset Overdrive bundle receives a special controller stand to match your new, white Xbox One system.
- Trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.
- The first 100 customers who pre-order Sunset Overdrive in each store will receive a special edition t-shirt
There are over 100 Microsoft retail stores in the US and Canada. Find your nearest location here.
October 22nd 2014, 9:03 am PT
This November, Microsoft and 343 Industries invite fans to launch Halo: The Master Chief Collection with a live broadcast of HaloFest. The HaloFest Livestream will include special sneak peeks, interviews and exclusive gameplay – including the first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the first episode of Halo: Nightfall.
Join the festivities via a live broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 10th. Have a look at the the new Halo: Nightfall trailer right here:
The next chapter in your Halo journey begins soon, and you can get ready by pre-ordering and pre-downloading Halo: The Master Chief Collection here. We’ll see you on the stream, beginning with the tournament on November 8th and 9th, followed by the HaloFest broadcast at 8 p.m. PT on November 10th.
More details on Xbox Wire
October 21st 2014, 5:01 pm PT
Game Description: An ancient evil force has emerged from the portals and threatens the balance of both worlds! Only the Avatar stands a chance in defeating this new threat! • Original Avatar storyline penned by the TV show’s creators. • Wield the power of all 4 elements—water, earth, fire, and air as only the Avatar can! • Change bending styles at any time to unleash devastating combos. • Beat overwhelming odds by activating the all-powerful Avatar state.
Purchase The Legend of Korra from the Xbox Games Store
October 21st 2014, 4:00 pm PT
Content: F1 2014
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Game Description: Feel the power of new turbocharged FORMULA ONE cars in the most accessible FORMULA 1 video game yet, including a new driver evaluation system to adjust the game to your level, shorter career options and new Very Easy mode. F1 2014 features all the cars, drivers and circuits from the 2014 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP including new tracks in Russia and Austria.
Add F1 2014 to your Xbox 360 download queue
October 21st 2014, 3:15 pm PT
Content: The Voice
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Game Description: The Voice video game brings all the excitement of the hit TV show to your living room. From the Blind Auditions, to the Battle Rounds, all the way to the Finale, experience the TV show with the ultimate goal of being named “The Voice.” Select from chart-topping hits spanning Rock, R&B, Pop and Country! Impress the coaches and watch them compete for you to join their team. Learn tips and techniques to help improve your performances including, breathing, vocal range and harmonizing in Voice Coach Mode. Grab 7 of your friends and sing your favorite songs in Party Mode!
Add The Voice to your Xbox 360 download queue
October 21st 2014, 9:01 am PT
Today we’re bringing the competitive gaming to Xbox One with the launch of ESL Gaming.
ESL is the largest independent eSports brand in the world, running online competitions globally and filling sports stadiums for live events. Today, we’re bringing it to Xbox One. eSports on consoles has never been easier; with ESL on Xbox One you can directly find tournaments within the app, sign up without a second screen and open a match via the “My Matches” section. Within your match sheet you can see your opponent’s gamer picture and gamertag, contact them directly to exchange details on how to find each other in-game and enter the results directly within the app. You can even find news about featured Xbox tournaments and games.
Sign up for a tournament through the ESL app on Xbox One to kickstart your pro gaming career. Begin with ESL Open tournaments to gain experience, then try competing in the ESL Major tournaments with the chance to earn prizes. Keep your eyes peeled for the ESL Pro competitions and qualifiers and you could become the next eSports legend.
Look for the ESL app today in the Apps section of the Xbox One Store.