how to… cust omise your dash­board

Fol­low our in­cred­i­bly sim­ple step by step guide on how to spice up your Xbox One dash­board

XBox: The Official Magazine (US) - - CONTENTS - Adam Bryant

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OXM Tow­ers live fairly un­event­ful and mun­dane lives; it’s not all ac­tion, ex­cite­ment, and glamor when you’re sat at home in your comfy slip­pers and py­ja­mas sip­ping, on a nice cof­fee and get­ting ready to play our fa­vorite games. So the one way we like to get our kicks is by per­son­al­iz­ing our vir­tual en­vi­ron­ments and mak­ing them look just that lit­tle bit pret­tier. Ever stared at the dash­board of your Xbox One and thought that it was in dire need of spruc­ing up by adding a splash of your per­son­al­ity?

Long gone are the dark days of need­ing to buy ex­pen­sive videogame cap­ture kits, that were at the time only ac­ces­si­ble to the elite few with deep pock­ets, to record game footage. Now, the abil­ity to cap­ture screen­shots from your spec­tac­u­lar gam­ing feats and record those bizarre or ter­ri­fy­ing glitches you stum­ble across is, quite lit­er­ally, avail­able at the tips of your fin­gers. Well, more pre­cisely, your thumbs. It’s from the likes of th­ese screen­shots that you can trans­form that dull vis­ual real es­tate and turn your eyes into happy lit­tle peep­ers in­deed. So fol­low our stepby-step guide on how to change the dash­board back­ground of your Xbox One.


Fear not, your path to vis­ual joy is a swift and pain­less one. You’ve prob­a­bly been there many times be­fore, but the first thing you’ll need to do is nav­i­gate over to the set­tings menu lo­cated in the guide, which is found by press­ing the Xbox but­ton on your con­troller. Once in the set­tings menu, you’ll be greeted with var­i­ous sec­tions, but the one we want is the Per­son­al­iza­tion menu. Se­lect ‘My color & back­ground’.


Cus­tom­ize your back­ground. The first op­tion al­lows you to use a solid color as your back­ground, but we want some­thing bet­ter, so se­lect ‘Achieve­ment art’. Ev­ery time you un­lock an Achieve­ment on a game you’ll be re­warded with art that you can use as your back­ground. Browse through the achieve­ments you’ve un­locked, and once you’ve set­tled on your im­age, se­lect it and choose ‘Set as back­ground’.


Those hours spent try­ing to find the per­fect shot are go­ing to be put to even more use. In the ‘My back­ground’ menu, se­lect screenshot. You may not see all of your screen­shots right away. But you can search from im­ages that are on your con­sole or ones that you’ve up­loaded to Xbox Live. Se­lect the im­age you want and choose, then ‘More ac­tions’ at the bot­tom of the screen to set this im­age as your back­ground.


But that’s not all, you even have the op­tion to use prac­ti­cally any im­age you want. This will re­quire you to have a USB flash drive to trans­fer the im­age to the con­sole. To get started, sim­ply fol­low the in­struc­tions on the left side of this page, and down­load the ten awe­some back­grounds we’ve gifted you this month (see below, left). Trans­fer them to a USB flash drive and plug it into your Xbox One.


With the USB flash drive con­nected, choose ‘Cus­tom im­age’ and se­lect the USB drive from the menu. If you’ve down­loaded many older im­ages you may need to do some search­ing through them. When you’ve found the im­age you want, press the menu but­ton and se­lect ‘Set as back­ground’. Any im­age you want to use as a back­ground must be a JPEG or PNG file for­mat, and its size can­not ex­ceed 3mb.


So there you have it. What was once a dull and al­most sty­gian dis­play is now graced with blos­som­ing beauty. So sit back, ad­mire your hard work, and en­joy your very own per­son­al­ized dash­board. We cer­tainly hope you like it, but if you don’t or just get bored of it, thanks to this guide you’ll now know just how to change it with ease. All you have to think about is what your next back­ground will be. Good luck.

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