Xbox One November update available now: custom backgrounds, better Store experience

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 10 November 2014 00:22 GMT

The Xbox One November update is available now. Refresh your console’s firmware to take advantage of the latest improvements.


The November Xbox One update is the last major feature release for the year,

One of the key features of the update is the ability to make custom backgrounds for your Xbox One dashboard using a template.

Other additions include improved Snap and Internet Explorer. The Xbox Store is also getting a facelift.

Here’s a bullet point version of the change list; visit Major Nelson’s blog for more detail on each new feature.

    Show Who You Are

  • Custom Backgrounds
  • Gamer Profile – You can now share your location and bio as part of your profile.
  • Tweet about your Favorite Game Clips
    A New Way to Watch TV

  • Twitter TV Trending
  • Tweets in MiniGuide
  • Recents and Favorites in MiniGuide
    Store improvements and SmartGlass updates

  • Xbox One Store improvements
  • Friends’ Game Activity on SmartGlass
  • Games with Gold & Deals with Gold on SmartGlass
  • SmartGlass Store Improvements
    Other Fan Requested Features

  • Snap IE
  • IE Featured sites
  • Restart now

The December update is going to be pretty restrained, Microsoft has said, due to the influx of new users expected over the holidays. Major firmware updates will resume in 2015, and at some stage will deliver the long-awaited screenshot feature.

In the year since the Xbox One has launched, Microsoft has made hundreds of changes to the OS.

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