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Xbox chief explains how future updates will make the console more personal than ever before

Published Oct 9th, 2014 8:30PM EDT
Xbox One Future Updates

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If there’s one thing that Microsoft has excelled at over the past year, it’s providing the Xbox One with a constant stream of significant updates. After a rocky pre-launch campaign that arguably doomed the Xbox One to fall behind the PlayStation 4 on the sales charts, Microsoft’s console slowly caught up with and eventually surpassed the PS4 in terms of added functionality.

The media player is just the latest example of this, but in an interview with The Inner Circle Podcast, Xbox head Phil Spencer made it clear that there’s still plenty on the way.

“I’ll announce it here: I was told themes and background [pictures] are something that we are working on,” Spencer revealed near the end of the podcast. “And screenshots, I know people beat me up on screenshots.”

Spencer says that everything has to be prioritized, but he knows that users want to be able to customize their dashboards and take in-game screenshots without having to depend on a game having its own screenshot feature. He wasn’t willing to talk about when themes, backgrounds and screenshots would be appearing in a monthly update, “but people should know that they’re in development.”

These reveals came at the end of the episode, but Spencer also spoke about his transition into the head position at Xbox, the endless appetite for backwards compatibility and the cloud technology that is powering many of the Xbox One games this holiday season. Give the full episode a listen below.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.