The November 2020 Xbox Console Update is beginning to roll out for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One family of devices. This month’s release includes new options for dynamic backgrounds, new “Optimized for Xbox Series X|S” badges for making it easier to know which games are optimised for the next generation, a new way to discover games in Xbox Game Pass, the ability to add existing Xbox family members to a new console and the usual bug fixes and performance improvements. Here are some of the new additions as part of the update:
Personalise your Xbox Series X|S with new dynamic background designs
Dynamic backgrounds are a new feature for Xbox Series X|S, giving gamers the ability to customise their home screen with motion and colour. This update adds six new options, including homages to previous generations of Xbox consoles and others based on popular profile themes.
Identify which games are using Auto HDR with new tech tags
When the Auto HDR setting is turned on in your console, it can improve the visual quality of a game without changing its overall look. When you open the guide during a game with Auto HDR running, you’ll see a new tag to let you know the game is benefiting from this feature.
“Optimized for Series X|S” badges let you know which games are optimised
To make it easier to see which of your games have been optimised, Microsoft has added an “X|S” badge to their tiles in My Games and Apps, in both the Games and Full Library views. You can also use the Filter button to see only “Optimized for Xbox Series X|S” games.
Check your achievement status in the Game Activity tab
The Game Activity tab is your single place in the guide to explore things to do in the game you’re currently playing. You can hunt those achievements, join your friends or others playing the game or discover in-game events.
Add family member accounts during setup
With the help of the Xbox Family Settings app on Android and iOS, parents and caregivers can create child accounts, update screen time limits, respond to notifications etc. Gamers with existing Xbox families will now be able to add family members to their console, right from setup.