Xbox One November System Update: New Personalization and TV Features

Our system updates have been an important part of the Xbox One experience in 2014. We have released over a hundreds new features to Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass through 10 consecutive system updates within the first year, including a low battery indicator, the ability to initiate game downloads from a remote location, turn off notifications during video playback, external storage, and many more.

Today, we’re excited to begin rolling out the Xbox One November System Update, the last major system update of the year. Although we will not be putting out an update in December, we remain committed to continually improving Xbox One and will share more details early next year on what we have planned for 2015. In the meantime, we’d like to thank you for all your feedback – please keep it coming!

This month, we’re bringing you new ways to watch TV, personalize your Xbox One and interact with the Xbox Live gaming community We’ve got the full breakdown of features listed for you right here.

  • Show Who You Are – We’re including some of the top fan requested features this month. Among them is the ability to customize the background on your Xbox One, show off your top achievements and share game clips in new ways.
    • Custom Backgrounds – For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background. You can choose a custom color as a theme or achievement art as your background image and those will show on any Xbox One that you Sign In on with your account. Additionally, you can use the Media Player app to pick any JPG or PNG image off of a USB attached drive or a home media server that supports DLNA. While viewing a picture/photo in full screen mode, press the Menu button and choose “Set as background” – your custom image is stored locally on that Xbox One console.
    • 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 – For the first time, you can discover new shows and see what people are saying about them in real-time with new Live TV and Twitter integration.
    • Live TV Trending – Xbox One owners in the U.S., Canada and the UK, will see a new “Trending” tab 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 on Xbox trending list is updated by the minute, so you can easily discover shows that are popular with other viewers.
    • Twitter TV Trending – Additionally, if you are in the U.S., you’ll see what Live TV is trending based on the highest number of tweets. The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Live TV on Twitter first and Live TV on Xbox trending second. You can tune to a specific show from either trending list by pressing the A button.
    • Tweets in MiniGuide – Also, initially available in the U.S., you will 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’re introducing cool new features for SmartGlass and Store as well:
    • Xbox One Store improvements – The Store pages on Xbox One have been improved to enable you to more quickly browse and find content. The navigation buttons are 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.
  • Other Fan Requested Features:
    • 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.
    • IE 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 (denoted by an asterisk (*) in the upper right corner) until you launch them or seven days have passed since the site was added to the Featured list.
    • Restart now – If you want to restart your Xbox One console without getting out of your chair, you can now do it by going to “Power & startup” and choosing “Restart now.”

 

 

Comments

  • rb9000xray

    This is the second update that Has caused a problem with random signals turning my TV off and back on. Had it about 6 months ago and then it came back last week. Even bought a new TV after I was convinced that was the problem

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  • la7ush

    can we please get subtitles support on Media Player?

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  • Allexsander

    Great update!

    But Major, when will launch the Xbox Connect function to the Brazil region?
    I saw something saying it would come out in October.😦

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  • Timothy Donner

    My TV stopped working with this update. Anyone else have this issue or a workaround?

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  • Teomanson

    This is great but I really want to share my achievements and clips on Facebook!

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  • Lucky13X

    I still do not understand why “A New Way to Watch TV” too so darn long! Nielsen should have had you do such things with the XBox 360 YEARS ago!!

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  • Denis Hartwood

    Doesn’t work for me…. Browsing through my Smartphone on XBOX via DLNA, see al pictures, can view them in full screen mode, but cant select them as background, it simply doesn’t give me the option to when i click on Start…

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  • ElektroDragon

    Desperate to improve the software since they can’t improve the hardware. That’s something at least, but it will never get them their lead back. Hoping they’re busy designing the PS4-killer as we speak.

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    • Nick Peck

      It’s a mistake to think the ps4 is so much more powerful when it isn’t lol. Look at all of those 30fps first party games there… Also, what does it even matter, the games are fun and play great right? Seriously…

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      • ElektroDragon

        Well let’s put this way. If the ideal 1080p 60FPS console platform gets a performance score of 100, the PS4 gets a 75 and the the X1 gets a 50.

        That’s about as fair an accurate as I can make it. But please don’t stop me from pushing the Xbox staff to improve their product, it’s in our best interests as gamers. There’s no fanboyism here, just disappointment in my formerly favorite platform.

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      • Guest

        Halo 5 beta is 720p60 too and it looks great. I’ll always choose gameplay over graphics, but for all the multiplats out there (which is the majority of games), MS need their hardware advantage back and it truly isn’t fanboyism, agreed.

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    • Guest

      They better and release it around Halo 5 or Gears of War 4. Nick’s also right in the fact that the PS4 isn’t that much better though. BOTH consoles are weak. Like I said before at 20nm (or 16nm as TSMC is apparently moving towards it) and the same die size without eSRAM (and thus the same cost), the console would be at least 3 times as powerful. We now have a forward compatible architecture that is compatible with the PC, they might as well start with the tiering now. All the accessories, the OS, the games, the apps, it would all remain compatible and require minimal work.

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  • jungetrand

    I would like too see the “spotify” app. Also extended tv-guide here in sweden.
    Keep up the good work, really like your UI much more than the one on PS4.

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  • Andybolts

    Here’s an idea, how about updating the split-screen aspect so that it actually works, disgusted at the amount of problems i have trying to get into advance warfare as a couple, have spent a fortune on xbox in the past few years, the call of playstation is getting increasingly louder.

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  • debbie.

    Is the update still rolling out bit by bit or is it fully out yet? Because my xbox still hasn’t updated:/ If it helps, I am in the preview program and decided to leave a couple of days before the new update came out (leave status is pending). Also, my xbox says that the last update was on November 5th (last preview update) and that it last checked for an update earlier today. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, guys.

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  • Dr Freezepop

    Please for the love of God change the horrible interface in the next update

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  • Matthew Towell

    This update screwed up my Xbox one!! When I turn on my tv I have to restart Xbox to get signal to watch tv.

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  • meddle0ne

    It’s there, trust me. That’s how it can restart now without turning the tv and receiver off. It may be that what you have connected doesn’t support CEC.

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  • Robert Kemp

    I have a problem with Virgin Media TiVo box connected via X11. Since the update there is no sound on watch TV and the picture freezes. Every other app is fine with sound and picture and TiVo box is fine when connected directly to TV. Anyone know how to solve this? Cheers

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  • http://www.fanboyfangirl.net/ Fanboy/Fangirl

    I know the link thanks, visited many times.

    🙂

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