October Update Time, with a Fresh, Crisp Look

The October Xbox update rolls out this week, bringing a set of exciting changes to Xbox One consoles now, as well as Xbox Series X|S at launch on November 10. Fans will immediately notice a brand-new look and feel, making their consoles feel fresh and more approachable. Everyone can now customize their profiles with a variety of themes from Xbox and Xbox Game Studios. First time gamers will have an easier time getting started, thanks to some thoughtful improvements around Xbox Home and the Guide. Also, Xbox have added support for four new languages across the Xbox experience. Keep reading for the full details!

Fresh Look and Feel

Having debuted the new Xbox UX look and feel back in August, and it’s been a big hit with Xbox Insiders. Now, all Xbox products across your devices – console, mobile and PC – share the same visual style and design, making them feel more familiar and easier to use.

From Home to Guide, My Games & Apps, and even Settings, all parts of the UX have been improved. The new design includes changes to our tile shape, fonts, and focus indicator across the experience. The overall layout of most of the pages will not be drastically different, ensuring the new UI remains familiar and easy to navigate.

New Profile Themes

As a top destination on the Xbox, Customer Profiles are an important part of our community experience. Team Xbox believe  you should be able to express yourselves and have added profile themes as another way to do that. Customer Profile themes have been quite popular within the Xbox Insiders, and we’re excited they are now available to everyone as part of the October release.

You will be able to select from several different Themes for your profile, including some game Themes from Xbox Game Studios – and more will be added over time! Profile Themes are also available in the Xbox App on PC and through Game Bar.

And the Xbox Team have added 3 new themes to celebrate the upcoming launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S!

Easier to Get Started

As we look ahead to the next generation with Xbox Series X|S, we’re excited to welcome new fans to the Xbox family. With this update, Xbox have made some “quality of life” improvements to ensure fans new to Xbox can get started as easy as possible.

These improvements begin with a new way to get signed in. Signing in with an Xbox Account makes sure your console is personalized to you, giving you access to your games, friends, customizations and more! With the October update, if Xbox fans don’t have auto sign-in or controller sign-in enabled, they will be prompted to choose an account to use when turning on their Xbox.

Fans new to Xbox will also be greeted by a refined Home experience. The most recently used list will be prepopulated with frequently used apps like Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft Store and Settings to help get you started. Quick Tips has been refreshed for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and makes it easy to find answers to commonly asked questions.


Combined with similar improvements that were made to the Guide in the August update, new Xbox fans should become seasoned players in no time!

Support for Four New Languages

The October update also includes support for four new languages: Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, and Czech. Customers can choose one of the new languages by navigating to Settings > System > Location > Language and picking it from the list. A special thanks goes out the Xbox Insiders in those regions that provided invaluable feedback on the translations!


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