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Xbox Series X|S gain new dynamic background based on the original Xbox in latest update

Xbox Series X The Original Dynamic Background Live
Xbox Series X The Original Dynamic Background Live (Image credit: Zachary Boddy | Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Xbox May Update was recently released with a host of new features and changes for Xbox consoles.
  • Everyone who installs the update gains access to the new 'Motes' dynamic background on Xbox Series X|S.
  • However, it looks like Xbox players also get to enjoy a special 'The Original' dynamic background.
  • 'The Original' is based on the background of the original Xbox, and is a nostalgic blast from the past for longtime Xbox fans.

Owners of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S owners were already treated yesterday with the release of the Xbox May Update, which included lots of awesome improvements to Xbox Quick Resume, a new dynamic background with 'Motes,' Xbox Game Pass changes, and more. However, it looks like members of the growing Xbox Insider Program actually gained another new addition with the Xbox May Update with a second dynamic background, which is now available to everyone.

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While 'Motes' looks amazing, 'The Original' will be nostalgic euphoria for Xbox fans that have been here since the original Xbox (which turns twenty years old this year!). If you own an Xbox Series X or S, be sure to install the Xbox May Update and check to see if you have access to the new dynamic background! As expected, 'The Original' closely matches the unique and immediately recognizable background of the original Xbox, and it looks amazing on Xbox Series X|S.

If you're not a member of the Xbox Insider Program, who got this background first, it's certainly worth a try! The Xbox Insider Program lets you submit feedback directly to Microsoft on what you want to see improve or change on Xbox, gives you sneak peeks at future updates and features, and can even give you access to game previews and beta programs like Minecraft and more.

'The Original' dynamic background on Xbox Series X|S looks incredible, and it's right at home with all the best Xbox games, which, thanks to backward compatibility, includes games from the original Xbox.

Zachary Boddy
Zachary Boddy

Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

8 Comments
  • I'm not an insider and the original is available on my XSX.
  • "However, it looks like members of the growing Xbox Insider Program actually gained another new addition with the Xbox May Update with a second dynamic background, which is now available to everyone." I would say read, but that is a very confusing statement.
  • Yeah I had to double take.. also, I received the "motes" background in the April (non insider) update, so I'm not sure what's what.
  • That's awesome. I have great memories of the original Xbox.
  • I have a Series X and I haven't seen it yet. I hope this update arrives soon.
  • Awesome! I'll totally install it tonight! Good memories... Thanks Microsoft 🙂.
  • Did anyone notice the hdr check for dolby vision gaming?
  • Man I wish I could upgrade from the XBOX One!