, we brought you news of the chatpad coming to the Xbox One, and now we have several more new features to tell you about. Microsoft has announced "a completely redesigned user experience" that will launch this fall via a global update.
First is a re-vamped Community
This section includes an upgraded Activity Feed and Trending on Xbox Live, a new area which allows you to interact with the most popular content, games, and people on Xbox Live. You can explore top posts, browse popular topics and view the game hubs of the most-played games, helping you more easily discover the top content within the Xbox Live community. You can also find interesting content creators and friend suggestions.
Next is the new Watch
section, which promises to bring "together the best of live TV and apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO into one place," as well as featuring the latest content from App Channels. The goal is not only to provide the user with great entertainment but to save one time in finding that entertainment, as well.
Improvements have been made to OneGuide
based on user feedback, which include:
improving the speed, displaying OneGuide as full-screen to show more channels at once, and adding full picture-in-picture while browsing the guide. There is also a quick menu in OneGuide that will let you jump from watching TV, to viewing TV listings, to seeing your favorite App Channels. You can quickly browse featured movies and TV shows available across your favorite apps as well as Live TV.
There's even a new Store
that's been updated to make finding games easier and faster. The Store will have four sections: Games, Movies and TV, Apps, and Music.
Also coming soon is the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller.
It includes thousands of different hardware configurations to choose from including interchangeable thumbsticks, D-pads and paddles to better configure the controller for any gaming scenario. It also features a new sleek design making the controller extremely durable and comfortable...you can create up to 255 controller profiles so that you have customized settings for any gaming scenario. With the app, you can remap buttons and paddles to be any of 14 different options. Adjust thumbstick sensitivity, trigger set points, and rumble motors to feel just the way you want them. You can load two configuration profiles directly to the controller’s memory and instantly switch between them by sliding the Profile Switch on top of the controller.
The Elite Wireless Controller will work for both the Xbox One and Windows 10 for $149.99 (or regional equivalent); it will be available in October and may be pre-ordered now.