Xbox One November Update Makes Each Achievement A Collectible Piece Of Background Art

by Mike Futter on Oct 20, 2014 at 03:07 PM

Microsoft has been regular with its Xbox One updates, rolling out improvements and new features on a monthly basis. We now know what to look forward to in November.

You’ll finally be able to change the standard black background to something a bit more personal. To start with, you’ll be able to choose another color or art from one of your achievements (yes, you can only use one that you’ve unlocked).

Your profile will also start looking a bit more like it did on the Xbox 360. It will also feature a new showcase area to which you can pin your favorite achievements, clips, and more.

You’ll also be able to tweet your saved clips directly from the dashboard using the share button in the menu. Twitter is also coming to television. You’ll be able to see which live programs are trending in your Twitter timeline.

Trending programs (separate from Twitter) are rolling out today to preview members. This appears as a separate tab in the One Guide. It will show the 20 most popular shows, updated every minute. There are other TV improvements coming, including recents and favorites.

SmartGlass is getting some new social features and store improvements, including the ability to see your friends’ gaming activity and Xbox Live Games with Gold. Internet Explorer will be eligible for Snap from the address bar in the November update, too. 

For the full list of changes, you can read up on Xbox Wire.

[Source: Xbox Wire]


Our Take
Even though I run my television through my Xbox One, I’ve not spent much time with the OneGuide. I’m curious to check out the trending features and the Twitter integration.

I’m glad that some personalization features have been integrated, but I’m surprised that they are a bit limited. The achievement art function is made cooler by being tied to those you’ve unlocked, making each one a system-wide collectible. 

The most interesting feature is the Twitter sharing for recorded clips. I’m looking forward to seeing those pop up in my timeline.