Microsoft Xbox Live users can soon add custom gamerpics and way more

Microsoft has been fairly aggressive when it comes to Xbox One S bundles over the past year, and the firm is now offering new options that will allow you to grab two free games - including BioWare's newly released Mass Effect: Andromeda.

A lot of the new features were announced over on Major Nelson's blog.

Granted, what games you choose are completely up to you, but it's nice to see some newer titles up for grabs, instead of older, cheaper titles being offered as part of the deal. There are various improvements to Clubs and Looking for Group (LFG), check out the Microsoft post for more info.

You can now add custom gamerpics.

That emphasis on customization and social features will extend to the service's Clubs.

Club owners and admins can pin a post at the top of their Club feed. By signing up for the events, Xbox Live will notify you when your tournament is starting.

Microsoft will also improve some odds and ends associated with Xbox.

Another new thing I'm excited about is the ability to filter games by platform (Xbox One / Xbox 360) on the My Apps and Games screen, which will make it easier to put some separation between the latest current-gen releases and your favorite titles of years past. This means you can pick a game that is cheaper, such as the already on sale Battlefield 1, which is only $39.99 this week, or you can get one all the way up to $59.99.

Discover tournaments from your Xbox One or Xbox app on Windows 10, get notifications when your match is ready, jump directly into your match on the Xbox One, enjoy automatic results reporting, and show off the results on your activity feed.
If you have Kinect, and you're streaming through Beam or Twitch, the camera will automatically zoom to your face.

All of these updates will roll to select Xbox Insiders first in the next few weeks. However, it's expected to be in preview longer than other features to ensure it's 100-per cent flawless for everyone when officially released, Microsoft explained.

  • Arturo Norris