If you’re an Xbox One gamer, then you’ll no doubt have heard that there is a major update for the consoles OS today. The new update, known as vaguely as “New Xbox One Experience” will bring a lot of changes to the dashboard, as well as some cool features that I’m sure many of you have been waiting for.
“NXOE starts rolling out after 3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th. Back Compat titles will be playable or start to appear in your collection (for digital purchases) after 3:01pm /12:01 pm (Noon) PT on Thursday” said Xbox Spokesman, Major Nelson.
The entire rollout will begin for everyone globally, so there’s no sitting around waiting for your time slot on a download. Of course, what this does to Microsoft’s servers at that time, remains to be seen, but I’d expect some slower downloads and advice that some people wait before updating just to be sure things are going smoothly.
Here’s what Major Nelson had to say on how to get the update.
HOW TO GET THE NEW XBOX ONE EXPERIENCE?
If you use the Instant-on power mode (available via Settings – Power & startup), your Xbox One will take the update in the background when you put your console into Connected Standby mode. As this is a global rolling launch, consoles in Connected Standby will be updated at various times throughout the day based on your time zone.
If your console is in Energy-saving mode, your Xbox One will not automatically download and install the update. To initiate the download and update process, you can go to Settings – System to manually check if an update is available and choose “Update Now”.
Note that all Xbox One consoles will receive a prompt for a mandatory update on November 23rd if they have not yet updated to the New Xbox One Experience.
- Learn more about system updates on Xbox One here
- Learn more about the New Xbox One Experience system update and build here.
- Starting 3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th, access the Xbox.com support team’s knowledge base regarding known concerns here.
WHEN WILL YOU GET IT?
Team Xbox will begin the rollout of the New Xbox One Experience after3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th.
Not everyone is going to get it at the same time. Depending on the time zone you are in, as well your Xbox One console settings, you may get the New Xbox One Experience at a different time than your friends.
Regardless of when you receive the New Xbox One Experience system update, the Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature will begin rolling out starting at 3:01pm/12:01 PM (noon) PT on November 12th. To start playing your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One after this time, refresh your Game Collection to see your pre-purchased, digital Xbox 360 titles from theBackward Compatible title list in your ready to install queue or simply insert the disc for a supported Xbox 360 title and download the game to start playing it on Xbox One.
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) November 12, 2015
What can I expect in this new update?
The new OS for Xbox One will integrate more with Windows 10, bringing a completely redesigned interface, faster navigation, the ability to join parties, add friends, check messages and more without leaving your game and so much more.
- Faster performance
- Improved game experience
- Vertical scrolling allows faster access to activities and content
- Expanded social content and engagement
The Guide, game hubs, social interactions and more have been improved, as well as a new community area which has been added. There’s a new and improved store, One Guide and updated apps too.
The biggest update, however, is that Xbox 360 backwards compatibility is rolling out with this update too.
“Now you can play a growing number of your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One at no additional cost. With over 100 titles slated for this fall, and hundreds more in the months to come, Xbox One is now the best place to play your Xbox 360 games.”
- Keep your game saves, game add-ons, achievements, and Gamerscore
- Enjoy the advanced features of your Xbox One like Game DVR, Screenshots and Windows 10 streaming
- Play multiplayer with your friends no matter which console they’re on
- Xbox One Backward Compatibility works with disc-based and digital games
If you’ve downloaded and tried the update today, feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think about this major update.