Microsoft snuck new social media options into its latest Xbox update

Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The latest Xbox update lets you link social media accounts to your Xbox profile.
  • You can already do this on the Windows 10 Xbox app.
  • On Xbox consoles, you can also view accounts that you've already linked from the Windows 10 app.

Microsoft rolled out an update to Xbox consoles earlier this week. According to the official changelog (opens in new tab), the update only includes "General stability and performance improvements," but OnMSFT's Laurent Giret noticed a new feature that's not listed in the release notes. Now, you can link social media accounts to your Xbox profile directly from your Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or Xbox One.

Previously, you could already use the Windows 10 Xbox app to link social media accounts to your Xbox profile, but you can now also do so directly from your console. You can link Steam, Discord, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit accounts to your profile.

The Microsoft support page (opens in new tab) for linking social network accounts to the Xbox doesn't mention doing it directly from the console yet.

On your Xbox console, if you go to Settings and check "LInked social accounts," you'll see any accounts that you've linked through other means. You can also link to other accounts from your console.

You also have the option to select which social media accounts have icons appear next to your name. For example, you may want to link your Xbox profile to your Facebook account but not have a Facebook icon appear on your profile.

This isn't a massive change, but it does make it a bit easier to connect your Xbox profile to other social networks.

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