Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled a range of new features on their way to Xbox One consoles for those in the Xbox Insider Program. Known under its "1802" version number, the update was set to deliver improvements to the console, building upon last year's "Xbox fall update." Now, after a month of testing, Microsoft has released these features to the public.
Among the highlights of the update is a new "Scheduled Themes" feature, which allows the console to automatically shift between "light" and "dark" themes at set times. The dark theme is generally easier on the eyes and the light theme offers improved visibility, meaning this secures the benefits of both themes around the day and night cycles.
A new "Do Not Disturb" feature has also been added to the console, blocking incoming notifications for social activities. When enabled, friends will also be notified on Xbox Live, helping cut out the clutter of social features.
"Next Achievements" also promises to deliver some welcome improvements for achievement hunters, with dedicated tracking for upcoming unlocks and tools to filter by completion, rarity, and value.
Today's update is now rolling out worldwide, following its release at 11 p.m. ET on February 7, 2018. For those who use the Xbox One's "Instant On" mode, the update will begin automatically downloading to your console. If you choose to manually install the build, navigate to "All Settings > System > Console Info & Updates" and check for an update. For a complete list of today's changes, make sure to check our complete changelog for the 1802 update.
- Xbox One 1802 update: The complete changelog
- How to use Xbox One Scheduled Themes
- How to enable Xbox One 'Do Not Disturb' status
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