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TV and A / V power options
If you want to let your Xbox turn on your TV when you turn on the Xbox, there is a setting for that. There is also a way to turn off your TV. Go to the settings, then in the “General” menu select Power mode and start. You can of course change other power settings here, but we’re looking for another menu in this set of options.
In the Power Mode menu, scroll down and select TV and A / V power options.
Select HDMI-CEC and you will allow your Xbox Series X or Series S to interact with your TV’s power options. You will need to restart your console after enabling this.
Voice commands from the digital assistant
If you ever miss saying “Xbox, on” to turn on the Xbox with a Kinect, you can still do it with the help of a digital assistant. You can also issue other commands.
In the settings, scroll to the fourth menu called Devices and connections. Then you will see an option for Digital assistants.
If you choose to enable digital assistants, you will need to continue your setup through the respective digital assistant applications. The settings menu displays options for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Here are some of the commands you can try with the Google Assistant:
- Hey Google, play [game name] on Xbox
- Hey Google, turn the Xbox on / off
- Hey Google, pause / resume on Xbox
- Hey Google, mute the Xbox
- Hey Google, save this to Xbox
- Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox
If your Xbox device name is not “Xbox”, you will need to say the device name instead of “Xbox” for these commands.
And some commands you can use with the Xbox Skill on Alexa:
- Alexa, tell Xbox to turn on / off
- Alexa, tell Xbox to pause / resume
- Alexa, tell Xbox to turn up / down volume
- Alexa, tell Xbox to launch [game name]
- Alexa, tell Xbox to launch [media app name]
- Alexa, ask Xbox what can I say
Personalize your welcome menu
On the home screen, press the “View” button (the button for both windows) to customize it. This will take you to a Personalize the house menu that allows you to rearrange everything that is already on the screen or remove them completely. If you choose to add something, you can add apps based on specific suggestions, games, groups, and even friends.
But that’s not all you need to change in this menu! As you can see on the right, you can change the theme of your system and adjust how the movements work on the home screen (the description specifically says “make movements smoother while exploring the house).
At launch, there are three themes: Dark (the system default), Light (it’s as bright as you’d expect!), And Scheduled, which allows your system to switch between the two based on the hours. of sunrise and sunset times you set.
Back to Personalize the house from the menu, you can select My color and background to change some default settings, including the transparency of the tiles. You can also set your background to achievement art, boy art, colors, custom images, screenshots, or allow dynamic background to play. The dynamic background looks like this and has a smooth movement.
The color is determined by the color you choose in the personalization settings.
If you need high contrast, you can also find that in the ease of access settings through the Personalize the house menu. There are also additional ergonomics options in the settings.
Change your guide
When you press the Xbox button on your controller, it displays what’s called the Guide. The order of the information it presents to you can be changed. To do this quickly, open the Guide menu by pressing the Xbox button and switch to your profile icon to access the Profile and system menu.
To select Customize the guide in this menu to display the personalization screen. Unlike the Home menu, you cannot remove tabs, but you can move them to any order you want.
If you share a lot of screenshots, consider moving the Capture menu and then share. Or, if you frequently play with friends, the People tab might be better placed at the start of our Guide.
Capture and share settings
Xbox defaults to the following capture settings (although this may be different if you transferred your Xbox One settings):
- Allow game captures: Captures by me or games
- Record what happened: 45 seconds
- Download automatically: Captured by me
- Game clip resolution: SDR 1080p
- Capture location: Internal
To change them, open the settings. Then go down to Preferences, the fifth option in the list. Then select Capture and share.
Customize all of your capture settings here, including making your “Record what happened” settings as short as the last 15 seconds or as long as a minute with the 1080p setting. It changes if you increase the resolution to 4K. Clips at this resolution can only be captured for a maximum of 30 seconds and will be posted at a lower resolution on Xbox Live.
4K screenshots, however, can be viewed in full resolution. According to the guide, preparing a 4K clip takes “about a minute per clip.”
Assign your controller
If you plan to share your Xbox with multiple people and have your own controller, you may want to consider assigning that controller to your profile. This allows anytime that specific controller is logged into the Xbox, it logs into your profile.
You can do this in a few places, but one of the quickest is in the Settings menu. Open Settings then go to the Account menu. Then open Login, security and access key. From here you can choose to change the “This controller is connecting” option, but make sure you are using the controller you want to bind.
Check your display settings
Before you jump into a new game, check your TV settings to make sure your games will be at their best. From the General settings menu, select TV and display options. This menu should look familiar to you if you’ve changed your display options on the Xbox One X.
These should be automatically calibrated, but it’s worth checking them out just in case. If your games aren’t as they should, check out the 4K TV details page. If your screen looks like this, you might have a problem:
Remember that you need to use an HDMI 2.1 cable and a device compatible with HDMI 2.1 for 4K UHD 120Hz.
You can also customize additional video settings in this menu. If you don’t want 4K UHD for some reason, you can change that here by selecting specific video modes: