Xbox One November System Update: New TV, Personalization and SmartGlass features now in Preview

We’re bringing you new and exciting ways to watch TV and interact with the Xbox Live gaming community in this month’s Xbox One system update preview. Today, we will begin rolling out a ton of new features to some members of the Xbox One preview program. We’ve got the full breakdown of features listed for you right here:

  • Show Who You Are – Some of the most requested features being released this month include the ability to customize your Xbox One background and showcase and share some of your favorite achievements and game clips.
    • Custom Backgrounds – The #1 fan-requested feature is making its initial debut for preview members. For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background. You can choose a custom color or achievement art as your background on Xbox One, with more customization options coming down the road.
    • Gamer Profile – You can now share your location and bio as part of your profile. You can set these options on your Xbox One console and use Xbox One SmartGlass to browse to other people’s profiles and check out their showcase items. Additionally, you can now select a set of showcase items that are displayed when other gamers look at your profile on an Xbox One console. You can use Xbox One SmartGlass or Xbox One console to add or remove up to six game clips or achievements that will be displayed in a carousel format.
    • Tweet about your Favorite Game Clips – You can now share your favorite Xbox One game clips with your followers on Twitter. Use the Share button on any game clip you have created and select Twitter to compose the Tweet.
  • A New Way to Watch TV – With new Live TV and Twitter integration, you can discover new shows to love and see what people are saying on Twitter about shows in real-time.
    • Live TV Trending – Starting today for preview members in the U.S., Canada and the UK, a new tab will be available in OneGuide that displays the top 20 most watched TV shows, with the list filtered down to the shows that are currently available to you based on your OneGuide settings. The Live TV Trending list is updated by the minute, so you can easily discover shows that are popular with other viewers. The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Twitter – Live TV trending first and Xbox – Live TV Trending second. You can tune to a specific show by pressing the A button.
    • Twitter TV Trending – New this month in preview, you can see what Live TV is trending based on the highest number of tweets. Twitter TV Trending will initially be available to preview members in the U.S.
    • Xbox TV Trending – The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Twitter trending first and Xbox – Live TV Trending second. Xbox – Live TV Trending is based on the number of Xbox One owners currently watching that show in each country, pulled from anonymous data collected at a national level.
    • Tweets in MiniGuide – See the actual tweets for the Live TV shows in real time and quickly find the Twitter #hashtag to join the conversation.
    • Recents and Favorites in MiniGuide – MiniGuide has been updated to include your favorite TV channels in a combined Recents and Favorites area and MiniGuide can now be activated via voice by saying “Xbox Select – MiniGuide” while watching TV.

 

  • Store improvements and SmartGlass updates – We are also excited to roll out these cool features:
    • Store improvements – The Store pages on Xbox One have been improved to enable you to more quickly browse and find content. The navigation buttons were moved to the far left so you can find them easier. You can also more quickly find game add-ons, perform store specific searches and recommendations are more prominently displayed. Finally, store categories have been standardized so you can easily see the top items in each query at a glance.
    • Friends’ Game Activity on SmartGlass – You can now see a list of your friends that have played a given game within the Xbox One SmartGlass experience.
    • Games with Gold & Deals with Gold on SmartGlass – For gamers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can browse “Free Games with Gold” and discounted content with Gold and initiate download of the content to your Xbox One console from your mobile device.
    • SmartGlass Store Improvements – We added a new section for Apps to make it easier to find and download apps for your Xbox One, as well as adding a Coming Soon filter for Games and Add Ons to make it easier to see upcoming Xbox One releases sorted by anticipated release date.
  • Internet Explorer updates – There are a few improvements Internet Explorer available this month:
    • Snap IE – From the Address Bar in Internet Explorer, you can now easily snap from a full screen experience and move Internet Explorer into snap mode.
    • Featured sites – Now, Internet Explorer will show a number when something is newly-added to featured sites. Newly-added sites will also display a badge until you launch them or seven days have passed since the site was added to the Featured list.
  • Updates to the Preview dashboard app – We’re gamifying the Preview dashboard. Here are some new features we are adding:
    • My Stats – If you are in the Preview program, you will now earn points for providing feedback, including points for completing Quests, Surveys, Quick Poll questions, and rating the update. These will be shared in the Preview dashboard under My Stats. The more points you get, the more you level up, and the more rewards you’ll earn. Keep checking back for special bonus point opportunities.
    • Leaderboard – We’re also adding a leaderboard that shows how you stack up against your friends based on the points you have earned. If you don’t have friends in the Preview program, we’ll show how you stack up against others in the program. Keep checking back – more things are coming to the My Stats page soon.

These new features and updates are rolling out to all Xbox One preview program members starting today and will launch for everyone in November.

Comments

  • Scott Beers

    if anyone has any invites sitting around I would love to get one! L3eers is GT

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  • SectorStar

    Can we make it to where people can’t ask for invites to the preview program everytime an article mentioning it is posted? I’m tired of having to scroll through 50+ comments of people begging to get in everytime I get on here.

    Still don’t have the update despite the fact I’m in the program. Wondering if the wording in the article that said “some users” only meant certain people get the update in the program, which if true is stupid especially after going through all the trouble of getting an invite, waiting weeks for the program to accept you, than having to wait another week or so because your console won’t update till the next update is out in the program.

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  • Andrew Rabuck

    Can I get an invite from someone already in the program. I had an invited like 2 months ago but never got any notification from MS… Can anyone try inviting me again into the program?

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    • Andrew Rabuck

      GT- Rabuck

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  • beardyman3218

    Can we PLEASE have the feature to play music in the background instead of snapped.

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  • Miles

    We’re seeing TV app updates and tv adaptors for Europe. How about Windows Media Center Extender? This is the first Xbox without it. And MS has told us they are committed to the uservoice website to give consumers what they want. This is THE most voted for feature on the forum for Xbox One. Any chance we’ll get our wish? Or even get an answer if we should never expect it?

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  • http://www.kmt-studio.com/ wetworker

    How about the ability to also upload our own icon or design to act as our profile pic?

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  • blackforce

    Stop introducing new features like background wallpapers. Who cares. Fix the controller disconnecting bug 1st. So annoying

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  • David J Best

    How do I get included in the preview program? I used to be in the 360 version, but that stopped as well?

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  • Many99

    I’m in the preview program but I’m not seeing the what’s on tab on the Xbox home screen is that coming later.

    For custom background you don’t usb if you run a Plex server you will be able to add background from your pictures

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  • Kevin Roewer

    Still no Option to Set language and region on the Xbox One independently? Wow…

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  • Sly

    How about better DLNA streaming? All content streamed to the xbox (even when using plex) is output from the xbox one at stereo only…even if the source material is 5.1 and the xbox settings are 5.1 uncompressed.
    NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
    there are multiple posts about this worldwide, surely there will be an update to fix this?

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