Posted Thu Sep 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Get ready to opt in..
November's Xbox One system update is going to be big, with Xbox 360 backwards compatibility (for 100 plus titles), a new Xbox One UI/Dashboard, and Windows 10 trappings coming as part of a major overhaul.
Mike Ybarra, the Director of Program Management for Xbox, has detailed the major features coming this November (see below), and at the same, Mike has explained how this special update will be handled differently in the Preview Program.
The new system UI will be rolling out in the Preview Program in the next few weeks. (I've used it, it's well worth being excited for.) But in order for Preview Program members to get the new UI, two things need to happen. Microsoft will be specifically inviting Preview Program members via Xbox Messaging, and as rumored, these invites will be initially targeted at those Preview Program members who have provided the most feedback over the course of the program.
Once a user gets invited, they'll need to opt-in for the update by selecting "Preview – New Xbox One Experience". This is optional- that is, those users who choose not to opt-in will still be part of Preview Program going forward.
All Xbox One owners can expect the final release in November. Here's a breakdown of the highlights:
Play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. At launch you’ll be able to play over 100 Xbox 360 games on Xbox One with hundreds more in the months to come. This includes the added benefit of Xbox One features including screenshots, streaming, and game DVR – for your favorite Xbox 360 games. You can even play multiplayer with friends still using their Xbox 360.
A new Guide lets you quickly access essentials with just one button press to save time spent weaving in and out of apps. You can access the Guide from Home by pressing left or double tap the Xbox button on your controller to instantly overlay the Guide. You can access Friends, quickly start a Party, get to Settings, see System Notifications, view your Messages, and more from Home or without leaving your game. These are the top tasks Xbox fans do most often, so we focused on making them faster and easier to get to without disrupting your game.
We’re redesigning Home to make it faster and easier to get to the things you love. We’re introducing a faster and easier interface to provide access to games and apps you’ve recently used. At launch you’ll be able to more easily share your achievements and game clips with the Xbox Live community, see whether your friends are playing the same games and get one-click access to Game Hubs to get news and updates directly from the developers and community themselves.
We’re introducing a new Community section to make Xbox One more social. Based on your feedback, this section is optimized to help you tap into what other gamers are doing on Xbox Live and directly contribute to the conversation happening within the Xbox Live community. Check out what your friends are up to or keep track of the games you follow in the redesigned Activity Feed. Explore the new Trending section to view the most popular posts from players on Xbox Live.
The revamped OneGuide will be your single destination for TV, movies and video apps. From OneGuide, you can see a list of current trending live TV shows with the most viewers at that moment on Xbox. TV listings will now come up instantly and in full-screen, and we’ve added a picture-in-picture mode for TV so you can browse for other things to watch without missing what’s happening in your show. We’ll highlight a selection of the most exciting new movies, TV shows and deals from across the apps on Xbox One and the new App Channels area will show you the latest movies, TV shows and videos highlighted by the apps you care about.
We’re optimizing Store to help you quickly find the content you want. To the right of OneGuide, you’ll find the new and improved Store with features including four easy to explore areas – Games, Movies & TV, Apps, and Music – and a new vertical gallery view to bring more listings at a glance. Browse through intuitive categories like Staff Picks, New Releases, Top played, Top rated, Coming Soon and Recommendations to discover new games, apps, and entertainment for your Xbox One.
Source: Xbox Wire
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