MICROSOFT ISN'T LETTING the Xbox One gather dust, nor it is ploughing into 2015 with a new system update that will let people create custom backgrounds and set up hubs.
If your life is missing hubs or custom backgrounds, February is your month and you have all the Valentine's gifts you need.
Microsoft will roll out the features in February, along with a polish to the Gogglebox services.
"This month, we're bringing members of our Preview programme a peek at how we hope to bring the Xbox community even closer together through an all-new feature called game hubs," said Microsoft in an Xbox Wire blog post.
"Your friends, game creators, community managers and other fans like you can now more easily meet, talk, share content and play their favourite games.
"Also, we're adding more tile transparency for custom backgrounds and a handful of updates to live TV."
Game hubs are a means of pooling social information about a single title. Microsoft said that users can select a particular game and draw in a lot of associated information, for example their peers' game performances and statistics.
"Every Xbox One game will have a game hub where you can see which of your friends are playing the game, compete with your friends in game leaderboards, dive into the coolest game clips and game broadcasts, and follow the game's VIPs and top players," it explained.
"You can also search for any game in the Xbox Store and click on the game hub tile from the game's store page."
Perhaps least obviously exciting is "custom backgrounds and tile transparency". This comes in response to feedback and should make it easier for home users to show off their backgrounds more easily.
TV watchers will be able to forward content frame by frame, and see what shows are currently trending. µ
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