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

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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.

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