how to… cust omise your dashboard
Follow our incredibly simple step by step guide on how to spice up your Xbox One dashboard
Okay, we admit it. Most of us here at
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.
01 GUIDE TO HAPPINESS
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’.
02 VISUAL ACHIEVEMENTS
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’.
03 ABSOLUTE SCREENS
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.
04 IMAGE PROBLEM
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.
05 CHOICES, CHOICES
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.
06 SO YOU
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.