5 New Fea­tures Your Xbox One Will Soon Receive


Microsoft is adding several long-awaited features, including custom gamer pics, to Xbox One based on user feedback. Users will soon be able to customise their profiles as well as the activity feed, in addition to other things.

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The update is currently being rolled out to select Xbox Insider members on Xbox and Windows 10 PC in the coming weeks and a broader rollout will follow soon.

The company has announced that users will receive features including Arena, customer gamer pics, increased control over your activity feed, and updates for LFG and several settings.

“We’re rolling out several feature updates inspired by your feedback to select Xbox Insider members. These features will begin appearing over the next few weeks, and your use of these features and feedback around them helps shape our release plans to the broader Xbox community moving forward,” wrote Scott Henson, Xbox Partner Group Program Manager.

Arena Update

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Xbox Live users will be able to participate in tournaments created by ESL and powered by Arena. Like the image above shows a user’s profile for World of Tanks, history of his played tournaments and the current tournament being played too.

Players will be able to explore the list of available tournaments from their Xbox One or Windows Xbox app, get notified when the match is ready and also show the tournament achievements on the activity feed.

Customise Profile and Activity Feed

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One of the most long-requested features by Xbox users, gamer pics, is finally being tested by the company. Users will be able to update their own custom images now.

The profile pic feature will be in preview for longer than the other features in order to ‘ensure it’s great for everyone when released’.

Profiles are also getting a new button called ‘Join Broadcast’ which enables users to access gaming stream of a player who is broadcasting. Arena tournament history and the upcoming tournaments will also be displayed on the profile.

Users will now also be able to customise their activity feed as the company has added the ability to hide individual posts, pin posts to the top of the feed and sort posts by friends, games or clubs.

LFG Update

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Creators of LFG posts will be able to see detailed information about players interested in joining their LFG party.

Other than that, users will also be able to search for LFG posts from under the Achievements tab making it easier to find one related to the achievement one is trying to finish. The number of open LFG posts will be shown under the Game Hub and Club Hub headers.

In addition to gaining the ability to see all recent tags used, users will also be able to clone old LFG posts that they’ve created or participated in to create new posts.

Club Update

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As part of the update, Club owners will now be able to upload custom images for Club logo and background. Just like gamer pics, the company expects this feature to be in preview longer for the same reasons.

In addition to gaining the ability to pin a post at the top of their Club feed, owners and admins will get a label in their text posts to identify them better, stand out and manage their community.

My Games, Apps and Settings Update

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Users will now be able to filter the game library by platform — Xbox One and Xbox 360 — via the ‘My Games and Apps’ menu option.

Xbox One is also receiving Wi-Fi authentication through a browser, thanks to the Captive Portal support for wireless internet being added as part of this update.

The new update also gives users the ability to select Kinect auto-zoom for Beam and Twitch broadcasts and for the Skype app — these options can be accessed via the settings menu. Windows 10 Xbox app users will now be able to select the audio input and output sources for Party chat.

Windows 10 Xbox app users will now be able to select the audio input and output sources for Party chat.

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