how to… cust omise the new dashboard
With an all-new design to the Xbox One dashboard, Microsoft has reinvigorated the Xbox experience… just in time for the Xbox One X
Microsoft has unleashed yet another new dashboard for the Xbox One, and we are happy to report that this is the best iteration yet. Fluent, elegant and highly customisable, the most recent dashboard overhaul demonstrates that Microsoft is committed to improving everything about the Xbox One infrastructure – focusing on speed of navigation and readability.
The tabs in the guide are now ordered horizontally to save screen space, it’s easier than ever to get to the heart of the system (that’s the Settings app) and it’s seen even more importance being placed on bringing your most important content right to the front of the Xbox One experience. The Home interface has received the biggest shift in ethos here, less reliant on the obtuse Windows 8 design of old. Arriving just in time for the Xbox One X, this all-new dashboard – regardless of what console you own in the wider Xbox One family – is guaranteed to make your gaming life easier. Of course, that means there are a few new elements to wrap your head around, and we’ve broken down the most important of those for you all right here.
01 Refreshed home screen
You’ll find that the home screen has been given a fairly major overhaul. My Games & Apps has been moved to the centre, freeing up the side columns for other useful bits of news and info regarding promotions. Your most recently used applications and games have also been moved here for easy access, while Pins have been moved below the new Content Blocks – tap the right trigger to jump to them.
02 Wait, Content Blocks?
One of the biggest additions, and they make finding your favourite Xbox information easier than ever. Content Blocks are fully customisable, used to bring game hubs, applications and, yes, even your best friends to the front of the dashboard. The Xbox One is still designed around a series of sub-menus from the original Windows 8 inspired design, and this update helps to make things easier to find.
03 Adding Content Blocks
Let’s say you are deep into Fortnite and want to ensure that you are up to speed on any new game updates or amazing plays immortalised as game clips. Add this to your home screen and ensure that it is waiting for you as soon as you turn on your system. Head into My Games & Apps, roll into your library and select your favourite game; hit the menu button, scroll to Add To Home, press A and you’re good to go.
04 Edit Content Blocks
That process of adding Content Blocks can be used on practically anything. Specific friend Profiles, games, apps, whatever you want. That means it could get messy. Thankfully, Microsoft has given us a way to organise all of these personalised tabs: hit the dash, scroll down until you find the one you want to edit and hit Y. From there you’ll be able to move them around as much as you like.
05 Change your colours
Everything from your accent colour to the background dashboard image can be altered in Settings. Hit the new Guide, scroll to the right and get into the Settings app, looking out for the Personalisation tab as you do. You’ll want My Colour & Background for the aforementioned, while Theme & Motion will let you change the main system theme from default Dark to Light and alter the screen transitions.
06 Look to the future
Just because you’ve got your dashboard looking all fancy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep one eye out for future updates and implementations. Redesigned Avatars are making their way to Xbox One and now is a great time to remind yourself of where to find them. Head into your Profile, and here you can edit/show your Avatar – or add a traditional or custom Gamer Pic, if that’s more your style.