Join Doug Winnie for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating the updated home screen, part of Up and Running with Xbox One.
- The Xbox Start screen now has a number of new features to help you use your Xbox more easily. The start screen now supports a background image or color that you can use to personalize your console. There are three options. You can select color, use image from a game achievement, or use your own image that you can download from an attached drive connected to your Xbox. To change the background you need to go to the Settings App. On the left at the bottom, you'll see "My Xbox." Go ahead and select that to continue.
Your theme color can be personalized here by selecting the "My Color" option. You can choose any of the options here to select or change your current theme color. This color is used for live tiles and other highlights to personalize your account. To apply a background let's go back and select the "My Background" option. You can use a solid color as a background. For example, I can select this blue color as my background for the Xbox. If I go back to the Home screen, you'll see that that blue is now used on the screen.
You can also use artwork that's linked to a game achievement that you have earned. Let's go back to Settings and select one that I got for Titanfall. Instead of selecting a color, select "Achievement Art." You'll see all the achievements you have earned and then select one from a specific game. I'm going to go ahead and select Titanfall.
Let's go ahead and use the image for the Refuge achievement. The image at the top left corner can be used as an Xbox background. To see it full screen select the "See picture full screen" option. Press any button to go back to the previous view. To set it as a background, select "Set as background." You'll see an indicator that shows that it has been set. Now if I go back to the Home screen, you'll see that the image has now been applied to the Start screen. Finally, you can select an image from an external drive that's attached to your Xbox.
Let's go ahead and go back to Settings, and I already have attached a USB drive to my console. If I go to "Custom image," I'll then see Media Player and I can select my Removable Storage option. Inside of here I have two things. I've got a video, and I have an image I've taken on a recent trip. If I go ahead and press the Menu button, I can "Set as background." Pressing this and then going back to Home, I'll see that my image is now attached as my background for my Xbox One.
Back at the Home screen there are now four hubs. The Pins and Home are generally the same, but the Friends hub is new, and the Store hub has changed. If we navigate to the Friends hub, you'll see that the friends that you have currently online are displayed on the left hand side. This used to be on the Home hub, but was moved here to show with more information. Next to is, you'll see games that are popular with your Xbox friends, and then a leaderboard showing achievement points for the last 30 days.
Finally the Store hub has changed to make finding Apps and Games easier on Xbox One. You'll see featured items and categories listed on the right hand side. If you select a category like Games, the layout has changed slightly. You can browse "All games" or look at just "Game Add ons." You can also search the store to find something specifically or if you have a purchase code you can use Connect to scan the QR code that's on the card itself or, if it has numbers, you can enter in the numeric code.
Scrolling to the right, games are organized into various categories such as New Releases, Coming Soon, Top Selling Games, Top Rated Games, Most Played, and also New Game Demos. Finally, at the end there are games that are recommended for you. For any of these categories, you can expand to get more information and items by navigating to the three dots in the lower right corner of the section and select it. If we go back to the Home screen, one thing also to note is that initially your Profile is expanded here at the top to show your Profile Name, and the number of Gamer Points you've achieved, and your real name if you've got that linked with your account.
Also, notifications are shown here on the left hand side.
- Connecting and powering up the Xbox One
- Working with games and apps
- Signing up for Xbox Live
- Using Xbox with your TV
- Controlling Xbox One with your voice
- Messaging friends
- Using OneDrive with Xbox One
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Q: This course was updated on 12/24/2014. What changed?
A: Five movies were added, covering the latest updates to Xbox One: updates to the Friends app, faster snapping for apps, the new Media Player app, and new features for Live TV.