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Microsoft makes next XBox One Twitter-friendly

October 22, 2014 By:
The next iteration of Microsoft's Xbox One gaming console will play nice with Twitter.
 
In a November update, Microsoft's Major Nelson said this is one of the new features rolled out for the Xbox One preview program.
 
"You can now share your favorite Xbox One game clips with your followers on Twitter. Use the Share button on any game clip you have created and select Twitter to compose the Tweet," he said.
 
With the new Live TV and Twitter integration, Microsoft said users can "discover new shows to love and see what people are saying on Twitter about shows in real-time."
 
Microsoft is also bringing to the Xbox One a most-requested feature - the ability to customize one's Xbox One background.
 
Another feature is the ability to share some favorite achievements and game clips.
 
"For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background.  You can choose a custom color or achievement art as your background on Xbox One, with more customization options coming down the road," Major Nelson said.
 
Gamers can also share location and bio as part of their profile, while using Xbox One SmartGlass to browse to other people’s profiles and check their showcase items.
 
They can also select showcase items displayed when other gamers look at their profiles on an Xbox One console.
 
Live TV trending
 
For preview members in the US, Canada and the UK, there will be a new tab in OneGuide showing the top 20 most watched TV shows.
 
"The Live TV Trending list is updated by the minute, so you can easily discover shows that are popular with other viewers. The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Twitter - Live TV trending first and Xbox – Live TV Trending second. You can tune to a specific show by pressing the A button," Microsoft said.
 
But that's not all with Twitter integration: another new feature allows users to see what Live TV is trending based on shows with the most conversations taking place on Twitter. The feature is initially available in the US.
 
On the other hand, the Trending tab in OneGuide can also display Live TV Trending.
 
Tweets will also be available in MiniGuide along with Recents and Favorites.
 
Store, smartglass updates
 
Improvements have been made to the Store pages on Xbox One to quickly browse and find content and game add-ons.
 
Store categories have also been standardized "so you can easily see the top items in each query at a glance," Microsoft said.
 
Also on SmartGlass, users can see friends’ game activity.
 
Gamers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription can browse “Free Games with Gold” and discounted content with Gold, and download the content to their Xbox One consoles from their mobile devices.
 
Meanwhile, a new section for Apps will make it easier to find and download apps for the Xbox One.
 
IE updates
 
Updates are also coming to the Internet Explorer browser, including snapping from a full screen experience and moving IE into snap mode.
 
Also updated is the Preview dashboard app, which now adds a user's stats and leaderboard. —  GMA News