After previously being available to Xbox Insiders, the October Xbox Update has rolled out broadly, introducing updates to the UI, as well as new features.
Updated to match the UI that will be present on the Xbox Series X/S, the new design brings a variety of themes from Xbox and Xbox Game Studios for users to customise, as well as accessibility improvements for first-time gamers.
See below for the full post from Xbox Wire:
Fresh Look and Feel
We debuted the new Xbox UX look and feel back in August, and it’s been a big hit with our Xbox Insiders. Now, all Xbox products across your devices – console, mobile and PC – share the same visual style and design, making them feel more familiar and easier to use.
From Home to Guide, My Games & Apps, and even Settings, all parts of the UX have been improved. The new design includes changes to our tile shape, fonts, and focus indicator across the experience. The overall layout of most of the pages will not be drastically different, ensuring the new UI remains familiar and easy to navigate.
New Profile Themes
As a top destination on the Xbox, Customer Profiles are an important part of our community experience. We believe our fans should be able to express themselves and have added profile themes as another way to do that. Customer Profile themes have been quite popular with our Xbox Insiders, and we’re excited to make them available to everyone as part of the October release.
You will be able to select from several different Themes for your profile, including some game Themes from Xbox Game Studios – and more will be added over time! Profile Themes are also available in the Xbox App on PC and through Game Bar.
And today we’ve added 3 new themes to celebrate the upcoming launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S!
Easier to Get Started
As we look ahead to the next generation with Xbox Series X|S, we’re excited to welcome new fans to the Xbox family. With this update, we’ve made some “quality of life” improvements to ensure fans new to Xbox can get started as easy as possible.
These improvements begin with a new way to get signed in. Signing in with an Xbox Account makes sure your console is personalized to you, giving you access to your games, friends, customizations and more! With the October update, if Xbox fans don’t have auto sign-in or controller sign-in enabled, they will be prompted to choose an account to use when turning on their Xbox.
Fans new to Xbox will also be greeted by a refined Home experience. The most recently used list will be prepopulated with frequently used apps like Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft Store and Settings to help get you started. Quick Tips has been refreshed for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and makes it easy to find answers to commonly asked questions.
Combined with similar improvements we made to the Guide in the August update, new Xbox fans should become seasoned players in no time!
Support for Four New Languages
The October update also includes support for four new languages: Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, and Czech. Customers can choose one of the new languages by navigating to Settings > System > Location > Language and picking it from the list. A special thanks to our Xbox Insiders in those regions that provided invaluable feedback on the translations!
More to Come
We’re looking forward to your feedback as we continue to roll out the new, unified experience on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles. All the updates to the Xbox ecosystem are built to keep you, the gamer, at the center of the entire Xbox experience – stay tuned for more.