Xbox One November System Update Includes Twitter Sharing, TV Tuner Also Released In Europe

Microsoft has released a preview for what Xbox One owners can expect to get in November’s update for the console. This update will bring with it custom backgrounds, sharing gameplay clips via Twitter. The store will also be updated, making it easier to navigate and find items. There’s quite a lot of updates for the TV side of things too, as well as SmartGlass integration. The entire update list is below for you to view.

  • 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.
  • 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 – 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.
  • 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.

The TV Tuner has also been released in the UK, Italy, Spain France, and Germany today, priced at 24.99 or €29.99. This will allow owners to get freeview channels  on their consoles You’ll also be able to watch TV on SmartGlass compatible devices through the tuner, so you can continue playing on the TV screen, while someone watches a show through their tablet.

Source: Major Nelson’s Blog/Xbox.com

 

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12 Comments

  1. WOW Microsoft are certainly pushing out updates yet we are still waiting for PS4 fw 2.0.

    On PS4 note that new details have been added about the usb music player and share play if you fancy a gander.

    http://www.gamepur.com/news/16654-new-ps4-firmware-20-share-play-and-usb-media-player-details-revealed-no.html

    Back to work I go.

  2. Another great update. Cool use of achievement art for backgrounds.

    • Thats not a bad idea actually.

    • It’s brilliant. Not only does it push developers to make nice pictures, but it’s another incentive to unlock achievements.

      • Yeah, some games have quite impressive pictures with the achievements so its nice to have a extra purpose for them.

      • Yep. Excellent feature all around. Some lovely backgrounds and an actual purpose to achievements.

  3. Wow! This sounds fantastic, so full of features and interactive stuff the users really want.

    Talking of things I really want, I can’t wait for Sony to release the ‘Music via usb stick’ feature for PS4. I’m sure it’s on the top 1,000 list of most requested features.

  4. I believe that MS have now overtaken Sony in terms of functionality this generation and if Sony continue at their glacial pace.

    • Glacial pace implies that Sony are moving and I’m inclined to disagree on that point.

  5. Lovely to see and already envious of the fact that there’s a webpage that people are up-voting ideas so they make it to the top of the Wants List.

    Does Sony do such a thing?

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