First Xbox Series X update is TODAY – here’s everything new you need to try now


MICROSOFT began rolling out the first major update to its next-gen consoles this week.

The download added new dynamic backgrounds and introduced some changes to the dashboard, as well as other exciting additions.

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X got a major update this week

Series X update – when’s it out and how do I get it?

Microsoft began rolling its November software update worldwide on Monday.

The download is available on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Xbox One.

It should have reached most consoles by the end of the week.

If you have Instant On mode enabled in your settings (which it is by default), the update will download automatically to your console.

The Xbox Series X launched worldwide on November 10

Instant On puts your console into a suspended state when you switch it off, allowing your Xbox to download games and updates while you’re away.

If you have Instant On disabled, your console will prompt you to download the update the next time you switch it on.

Series X update – what’s new?

The update predominantly adds bits and pieces to the Xbox dashboard – the home screen you’re taken to whenever you boot up your console.

Microsoft has added new dynamic backgrounds that are exclusive to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

In total, six backgrounds have been added, each a clear nod to older Xbox console generations.

You can pick from some new dynamic backgrounds added to the dashboard

Each can be selected from the settings panel on the Xbox dashboard. Microsoft says it’s working on more designs for release in future updates.

The November update also adds new tags to games that let you know when the game you’re playing is using auto-High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Auto-HDR uses machine learning to breath life into old games by adding HDR to backwards compatible games.

To see whether your console is applying the clever feature, simply open up the Guide and look for the auto-HDR tag.

Microsoft hasn’t mentioned whether the download introduces performance or stability updates, or fixes early issues with the Quick Resume feature.

What is the Xbox Series X?

The Xbox Series S (left) and Series X side by side

The Xbox Series X marks the next-generation of Microsoft games consoles.

It’s one of a pair, coming in as the more powerful and pricier alternative to the Xbox Series S.

This is Microsoft’s direct rival to the PlayStation 5, promising high frame-rate 4K gaming and gorgeous graphics.

It went on sale on November 10 in the UK and US for £449/$499.

The Series S shipped the same day for “249/$299.

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