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 new 1710 update contains many wondrous things, most of all the ability to customise the dashboard to your own personal tastes and also brings in the ability to game capture in 1080p direct to a USB memory stick for up to 60 minutes. I personally tried this feature last week and it is as awesome as it sounds!
The main thing you will notice immediately is the design change to the main dashboard. This allows you to pin anything as a “block” on the dash, when you scroll up and down. Games and friends can be added as these blocks. Pins have been increased to 40, and the guide is now faster and more responsive. Pressing the guide button now brings the guide to the forefront and all the features are now laid out horizontally.
I have played with this new dash for the last week and it does feel a lot better, and the addition of the USB capture works perfectly. I can’t wait to see this dash on the X in 3 weeks time!
It’s just been announced that the Xbox Dashboard is getting an overhaul.
Even more exciting, if you are part of the Xbox Insiders Program and in the Alpha ring, you’ll get to experience it very soon.
This release is the next major update for gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and is designed to make the Xbox gaming experience more fun, personalized, and social than ever.
Based on fan feedback, Xbox want to give us the ability to customize Home the way we want. This new experience on Xbox One will gamers more choice and delivers fun faster. Updates to Home, Guide and Community are available today, with updates to Avatars, Game Hubs, Profiles and more coming in the Autumn. Windows 10 PCs will also receive updates to the Game bar and Gaming settings menu.
Check out the video below for more info and head over to Xbox Wire for more details about the update.
Today a 300 odd MB update rolled out for Xbox One. Now it could very well be a patch for the preview members testing the new dashboard, but we sense possible groundwork for something due to be announced in tomorrow’s Microsoft conference. Are we right? Are we crazy? Are we both? stay tuned for updates and we’ll let you know when we figure it out.
Thanks to the Preview Programme we were able to take an early look at the new Xbox One dashboard, part of the New Xbox One Experience which will be rolling out very soon.
Cortana is currently missing, the fonts aren’t quite right, and functionality isn’t flawless but it’s certainly faster and more intuitive, and we’re sure the rest will come when it’s fully rolled out. Take a look at our video below to see it all in action.
After the dust settled from yesterday’s excitement, Microsoft revealed that a new look Xbox One dashboard would be released later this year.
The following is taken from Xbox Wire:
A redesigned Home: We’ve redesigned Home to surface your most-used Xbox content. You can scroll vertically to see your recently played games with deeper information about the content and games you are using. You can see game DVR clips, achievements and add-ons for your games and can also quickly discover new content.
A new guide: Gaming must-haves like friends, party invites and messages can be accessed directly from Home or while in a game. Scroll left from Home or double-tap the Xbox button while in a game and the guide will slide over on the left side of the screen. From here you can access gaming must-haves like your friends list, party invites, messages, and notifications.
Community section: We’ve expanded upon the current Friends section so gamers can more quickly and easily access all their social activities. This includes the Activity Feed to see the latest updates from friends and game developers as well as What’s Trending on Xbox Live to interact with the most popular games and content currently on Xbox Live. Scroll right from Home to see what games your friends have been playing, interact with their posts and see the top things happening on Xbox Live right now.
Xbox Avatars: We saw the passion from the community toward Xbox Avatars and are excited to bring them back in a more prominent way on Xbox One. We are modernizing the look of avatars with better image quality, keeping all the familiar customizations fans loved on Xbox 360.
Cortana comes to Xbox One: On Xbox One, Cortana becomes your personal gaming assistant. Cortana helps you elevate your game, gets smarter over time, and works across all your Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones (Cortana will also soon be available on iPhone and Android phones). Through voice commands on Xbox One, Cortana will assist you to more quickly find great games, new challengers and friends on Xbox Live, or accomplish common tasks. Cortana can also help you get achievements by surfacing videos and information to help you succeed. Working across Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, and iPhone and Android phones, Cortana can assist you wherever are you are – like setting an important reminder from your phone to receive on your Xbox One when you log on at home. Cortana will launch first in the U.S. and the U.K. on Xbox One this fall.
As of literally this minute, yes – this minute Vine fans you can entertain yourself with hours of the short, looping videos thanks to the Vine app on Xbox One. Available to quite a few Xbox Live locales, Vine should be available on the marketplace if you just “bing” it or check out the store.
The Xbox Wire posted the availability earlier today:
“This is the first Vine viewing experience built specifically for the TV, giving you access to funny, quirky, artistic, creative Vines directly in your living room. Now you can watch and explore the world of short, looping videos, and Xbox One makes them easy to enjoy using Kinect voice or gesture control to play, pause and search through the next or previous Vine. You can watch popular Vines, explore channels like Art, Music & Dance, and Comedy, view playlists, and more. In addition, the app can be snapped next to your games, TV or other entertainment apps, making it possible to watch Vines alongside your favorite games or whatever you’re watching.”
Check out the Vine experience today by visiting the Xbox Store and downloading Vine onto your Xbox One.
Xbox One Preview Testers, please take note that the latest and most recent dash download has a glitch that will factory reset your console and remove all of your games from the HDD. This bastard of an issue will have you seething with gritted teeth!
Microsoft has said in an official statement:
Due to an unforeseen issue with our update system, if when powering on your Xbox One console you are asked to download a system update, please decline it. By declining the update you will go off-line and not be factory reset. Please leave your console powered on until further notice.
We’ve identified an issue that could cause a small sub-set of consoles enrolled in Public Preview to factory reset after downloading the latest system update (deleting all local hard drive content). Note that a factory reset does not impact profile settings or game saves (which are synced to our servers when you connect to Xbox Live), or content stored on an external hard drive. For now, please decline the system update until we can address this issue on our end.
Please remember that declining the update will disconnect your Xbox One from Xbox LIVE and will not be able to play online. We do not yet know when a fixed update will be released, but I am sure MS will not hold back long!
The September Xbox One dashboard update is now rolling out to One owners around the globe and it contains a range of new features that the community has begged for since the system launched.
The latest update contains a range of new features but two of them stand above the rest. One users will be excited to hear that their system will now be able to play media files directly from a USB device or from a network media server on the new media player app as well as new party options which let you designate a leader and change various party settings such as whether people need an invite to join and the ability to kick people.
If you don’t want to wait for the update to hit your console, you can force the update right now by going into your Xbox One system settings and pressing the ‘system update’ button.
Full details of other new additions can be found below thanks to Major Nelson.
A new Media Player app: Play media files from an attached USB device or a network connected home media server with the new media player app – DNLA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like Mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and MKV, which will be added by the end of the year.
Party on in the new and improved Party App: Be the leader of your party with the new party leader setting. As the party leader, you can change whether the party requires invitations and you can remove others from the party. The updated app also lets you see what activities everyone in your party is doing and who is playing in the same game with you in addition to being able to quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.
New features for SmartGlass: You can now post status messages from the Activity Feed and comments, or share items from both your Activity Feed and Game Clips. Along with the new comment and share features, a personalized Activity Feed has been added to your profile and messages have been updated to a new layout supporting a full conversation view. Additionally, we are adding the ability to record game clips directly from the Now Playing bar. Finally, for users who upgrade the app directly, we have introduced a What’s New page highlighting the features of each release.
“Xbox On” capabilities in Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, and Mexico: New regions will have the ability to use the “Xbox On” Kinect voice command to power on their consoles when they’re in connected standby (Instant On) mode.
Boot to TV: Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
Bandwidth Usage Display: Bandwidth Usage will show users how much bandwidth their Xbox One is consuming over a period of time, a useful tool for those who want to track against bandwidth caps set by ISPs in certain markets.
GameDVR deletes: Users will be able to choose multiple GameDVR clips to delete at once in the Upload app.
Save your Avatar Gamerpic: A new option to save Avatar Gamerpics to users’ OneDrive.
Here’s a shortlist of features rolling out next week to those with early access to the Xbox One system update:
Activity feed updates: New ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. The ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).
Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what’s going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. Xbox are doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it’s ready for the entire Xbox One market.
Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.
Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.
Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.
Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.
OneGuide in Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland: Live TV listings can be configured for four new countries as part of this month’s Preview program. And now there is an OneGuide Issue Reporter available under the TV & OneGuide settings, Troubleshooting section.
Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it’s been since a friend has been online. For example, “Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5.”
Today, on Xbox Wire, Microsoft announced a new hub for all things football on Xbox, Destination Brazil. Starting 12th June, fans can access Destination Brazil on the Xbox One dashboard and launch an array of football content. Destination Brazil includes Brazil Now, a new app that snaps next to live TV to enhance your match viewing experience, enable you to play FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: FIFA World Cup and check out various series about your favourite football clubs from Copa90.
Brazil Now brings you as close to the action in Brazil as possible without leaving your living room. You can personalise the app to your team, receive alerts and score updates for all the games, and watch the live games with real-time stats, scores and live social experiences on Xbox Live. Brazil Now also gives you notifications of when matches are starting, goal alerts and score updates. You can use these notifications to jump directly into the app and get details about the match in progress, or watch the match live.
Also, starting on 15th June, fans can tune in to the all-new interactive reality show “Every Street United” through Destination Brazil and watch as legendary footballers Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids scout the world’s most gifted, undiscovered street stars.
The excitement is just beginning, but with Destination Brazil, you’ll never miss a single kick.