Hands on with the Fall Update for Xbox One

Angelica Greene
October 18, 2017

You can also now have up to 40 pins in the Pin block on the Home page and in the Pins flyout in the new Guide.

Microsoft has rolled out this year's Xbox One Fall Update, providing gamers with more ways of customizing their console.

In its blog post that announces the Xbox One Fall Update, Microsoft leads off with perhaps the most important addition to the console: more customization options.

With the new update, console owners can now customize their own unique home screen.

A redesigned Guide makes it easier to see which friends are playing the same game as you, and it also provides access to tournaments and invitations. These could be games, friends, or even subscriptions like Gold, or Game Pass. You can now also choose between different themes for the Dashboard.

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Its been in preview for a few months but its now launching for every Xbox One owner, and presumably will be the dashboard pre-loaded onto the Xbox One X. Yes, its new dashboard time, something that usually comes once a year, just like Santa but a few months earlier!

The Game Hub and notification centre have too been touched up, with the former now serving up a welcome tab that gathers all content about the game in one page.

Profiles now enable faster access to recent activity. And, if you don't have an external HDD handy, you'll be able to do it via a network transfer when you have both machines connected.

Xbox Assist can help you when you have a problem.

Let's see how this update matches to the better together one, which was the previous major release. In the previous version, sometimes it was hard to find what you were looking for but now with the blocks, you can select content, games or apps whichever you want. Xbox One X Enhanced titles can also be found on the Xbox Store with a dedicated search category, and you can also sort and filter Installed and Ready to Install games in your library to find Xbox One X Enhanced titles. If you do have the bandwidth to perform high-definition streaming, you can upgrade your Mixer broadcast to support it.

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