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

October 9th, 2014 at 8:30 PM
Xbox One Future Updates

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 started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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