New Xbox update redesign aims to improve the console ‘with you at the center’
The latest Xbox update has completely overhauled the game library and added customization to controllers.
In the latest Team Xbox blog post, Jonathan Hildebrandt, Xbox Experiences Senior Group Program Manager, discussed the changes. According to Hildebrandt, the changes are intended to improve Xbox “with you at the center” as the company continues to listen to feedback.
New Xbox button color customization
“Providing fans with choice and the ability to express themselves is at the heart of our mission. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce Xbox button color customization on Xbox Elite Series 2 controllers! Choose from a wide range of colors that combine red, blue and green LEDs to produce over 16 million hues of light,” the blog reads.
To configure Xbox button color settings, open the Xbox Accessories app on your console or PC when the controller is connected. Then select the Color tab to see the full range of color options. You can use hex code support to create a custom color. You can also change the brightness.
Revamped game library
The other notable change is an overhaul of the game library on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. The goal was to make it easier and faster to find your games.
The redesign now shows all of your games when you access the Full Library view, including those you have access to with your current Xbox subscriptions. There’s also easy access to subscriptions, editorial content, and apps.
“Starting today, you can select different default install locations for all of your games and apps on your Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. By providing separate default install locations for different types games, you can more efficiently use your storage space and manage game installs,” Xbox said.
- Go to storage device settings
- Select Change install locations if you have external drives or storage expansion cards attached
- Select a special drive as the install location or “Let Xbox decide”, which will automatically choose the device with the most space
Another big change is to the Xbox Game Bar, giving you “instant access” to widgets for screen capture and sharing as well as chatting with Xbox friends whether on console, mobile or PC, all without leaving the game.
For more on the September updates, check out the latest Xbox blog.