Xbox One users that are a part of the Xbox One Insider program should start seeing a prompt to download a brand new update for their console. This update offers some quality of life improvements, addresses some lingering bugs with the console, and also adds some exciting new features.
Arguably the biggest addition in this new Xbox One update is the Next Achievements feature. This feature will allow players to track achievements across multiple games, including the option to sort achievements by rarity or how close they are to achieving them. Players will also be able to launch games directly through this section of the hub.
The new Xbox One update will also add mini Game Hubs, a Do Not Disturb online status that temporarily turns off notifications, and more. Xbox One Insiders should be able to access these features soon if they haven’t been offered the update already.
Something else of interest in the new Xbox One update is the ability to represent one’s profile using an Avatar. This could be a sign that the new Xbox Live Avatars shown at last year’s E3 event will be making their way to the Xbox One sooner rather than later. At the time of this writing, the new Xbox Live Avatars are pegged for a vague “early 2018” release, which means they should be available by the end of March, unless they’re hit with a delay.
While Xbox One Insiders should be able to download the update sooner rather than later, it’s unclear when other Xbox One owners will be able to try out the new features for themselves. As we saw with Xbox 360 backward compatibility, sometimes it takes month before features tested by Xbox One Insiders release to the public at large.
Microsoft will make an announcement once this update is ready for the masses. In the meantime, Xbox One Insiders can check to see if the update is available for them to download yet or not.