The update for the New Xbox One Experience is available starting today, bringing integration with Windows 10, the ability to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, new ways to interact with games and a redesigned user interface.
Here are some of the new fatrues that you will enjoy on your Xbox One with this update:
- Xbox One Backward Compatibility. You’ll be able to play over a hundred Xbox 360 games on Xbox One starting today, with more to come. Xbox 360 game play on your Xbox One includes the benefits of Xbox One features such as screenshots, in-home streaming, and Game DVR. You can even enjoy multiplayer with friends playing Backward Compatible titles on Xbox 360. To start playing your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One after 12pm PST today, refresh your Game Collection to see your pre-purchased, digital Xbox 360 titles from the Backward Compatible title list in your ready to install queue or simply insert the disc for a supported Xbox 360 title and download the game to start playing it on Xbox One. In addition, for a limited time, all Xbox One owners can play backward compatible games on Xbox One with the multiplayer benefits normally available only with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The list of backward compatible games available now is here.
- A redesigned Xbox One Home provides faster access to the games and apps that you’ve recently used. The new Home also enables you to get to social activities quicker:
- Share your achievements and game clips with the Xbox Live community.
- See whether your friends are playing the same games.
- Access Game Hubs to get breaking news and updates from game developers and the Xbox Live community.
- A new guide lets you access top tasks with one button press. You can bring up the guide from Home by tapping left with the D-pad or left thumbstick. Or, while playing a game, you can double tap the Xbox button on your controller to instantly overlay the guide – without interrupting your gameplay. You can access your Profile, Friends, and Settings; quickly start a Party; view your Messages and Notifications; and Snap an application all from the new guide, saving you valuable time weaving in and out of apps.
- A new Community section is designed to help you keep up with what other gamers are doing on Xbox Live as well as jump directly into the conversation yourself. You can check out what your friends are up to and keep track of the games you follow in the redesigned Activity Feed. The new Trending section lets you view the most popular posts from other players on Xbox Live.
- The revamped OneGuide is your destination for TV, movies and video. You can find new movies, TV shows and videos from across apps on Xbox One. App channels help you discover what’s new in your favorite apps. TV listings are viewable instantly in OneGuide – including listings from over-the-air channels and, coming soon, Sling TV. Picture-in-picture allows you to keep browsing for other things to watch without missing what’s happening on live TV.
- The improved Store includes four areas – Games, Movies & TV, Apps, and Music – plus a new vertical gallery view to reveal more listings at a glance. You can browse through intuitive categories like Staff Picks, New Releases, Top played, Top rated, Coming Soon and Recommendations to uncover new games, apps, and entertainment for your Xbox One.
Other improvements include:
- Xbox One Avatars.Microsoft brings Xbox 360 Avatars to Xbox One but with some visual fidelity upgrades including anti-aliasing, lighting, and shading improvements.
- Game Hubs. Microsoft redesigned Game Hubs from the ground up to bring everything you want to know about a game into one place. Follow your favorite games to keep up to date on the latest news and social media. With one button press, you can access the Game Hub for each game in your recently played games list.
- Remap buttons on any controller. The new Xbox Accessories app lets you reassign buttons on any Xbox One Wireless Controller. You can now customize your button mapping, invert thumbsticks, swap triggers, and more
- New ways to navigate and interact with Xbox One, including:
- Narrator: screen reader that reads aloud in-focus text on the screen
- Magnifier: allows you to zoom in and out and pan, providing an enlarged view of elements on your screen
- High contrast: adjusts color and transparency settings