You Can Now Set Any Achievement Art As Your Desktop Background – Here's How

By Sean Carey,
We've just installed a new Xbox (Beta) PC app update which brings achievement history and tracking to the fledgling one-stop-shop for playing and downloading Xbox Game Pass for PC games. As well as viewing your full achievement history, your works in progress and the achievement prowess of your friends, the update brings one additional neat feature. You can now select any achievement you have unlocked across the Xbox ecosystem and set the achievement art as your desktop background in one click.

Xbox (Beta) PC app set achievement art to desktop

How do I set an achievement image as my desktop background?

It's a very simple process to take a piece of achievement art and set it as your desktop. First, browse for the achievement art you want to use by heading to a game's achievement page. If it's not a recent game, just click on a recent game's title on its achievement page and search for the game you want to browse through.

I don't really have 7 million GS in Halo 3; the app is currently missing the / in its gamerscore output.I don't really have 7 million GS in Halo 3; the app is currently missing the / in its gamerscore output.

Once you've picked a game to browse through, you can scroll through the achievement list and see a decent quality thumbnail for each achievement image, making it pretty easy to find the best one for your desktop setup. Let's say you want to celebrate an unlock from the Hot Wheels DLC in Forza Horizon 3.

Xbox (Beta) for PC app change desktop to achievement art

Click on any achievement to see a larger version of the image. Underneath you will see the statistics for the achievement, and under that? A big "Set as Desktop" button. Click that, and your desktop will automatically update to the new image.

Xbox (Beta) PC app set as desktop

It's worth noting that at the time of writing this function isn't working for everybody; our dev team have managed to set their desktops to an achievement art tile, but the content team have been experiencing issues. We've reached out to find out what might be causing it, and hopefully the issues will be fixed in the next update.

Can I set any achievement art as my desktop background?

Not quite – to set an achievement image as your desktop background, you have to have unlocked the achievement. If you haven't unlocked an achievement, the image will be greyed out behind a padlock icon and there won't be a "Set as Desktop" button. Don't think you can circumvent it by heading to your friends' achievement unlocks either; although you can see a close-up image of any achievement they have unlocked, you won't get the "Set as Desktop" button on their unlocks.

Xbox (Beta) PC app achievement tracking

Will you be making use of this new feature? Any particular achievement art spring to mind for you? Let us know!
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.