The Xbox Series X / Series S was finally launched earlier this month with great enthusiasm, and Microsoft is already launching a major upgrade for both the new consoles and the Xbox One. The November Xbox system update includes some features requested by fans, including additional backgrounds, an automatic HDR indicator, and the ability to preload games from the Xbox Game Pass. The update is now available for some Xbox Series X owners and comes at 701 MB clock speed.
These dynamic backgrounds allow you to customize your home screen with different colors or animations. The update brings six new options, including more based on previous generations of Xbox consoles for that nostalgic rush. More backgrounds will be added in the future. The update also adds a new label that informs users when a game is using the console’s Auto HDR feature. Auto HDR uses a specially tuned algorithm that attempts to add HDR to older games that don’t already have it. It appears in the upper right corner of the screen when you open the Guide menu, and not all games can take advantage of it.
The system update introduces an “Optimized for Series X / S” badge for games that have been updated to take advantage of additional resources on the platform. Other minor additions include a Game Activity tab that keeps track of results – replacing the old Results tab – the ability to add family accounts during installation, and the ability to preload games that come with your Xbox Game Pass. Not all games are available for pre-installation, but those that don’t yet can be queued to install your first game on the first day with the Xbox Game Pass mobile app.