Microsoft’s New Xbox Home UI Looks Amazing
Microsoft has recently announced that it has revamped its Xbox Home UI to make it more user-friendly and to better accommodate background images. The company stopped testing an upcoming Xbox Home UI last month to rework it, and the result looks like a great improvement for Xbox owners.
One of the significant changes in the new Xbox Home UI is the way the tiles of apps and games are now placed further down, creating more space to view the background image. Additionally, the size of the tiles has been reduced, and a new responsive game art feature has been added. The responsive game art will update the background when you hover over certain games and apps.
Another noticeable change in the new Xbox Home UI is the introduction of a floating UI at the top. This provides quick access to the game and app library, Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Pass, search, and settings. The quick access menu means you don’t even need to navigate into the usual parts of the Xbox dashboard to quickly get to your entire game library.
Microsoft is currently testing this new Xbox Home UI with Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha Xbox Insider testing rings this week, and it is expected to roll out to Xbox consoles in the coming months. According to Ivy Krislov, senior product manager lead for Xbox experiences, Microsoft designed hundreds of options, refined them with prototypes, and finally user-tested them in their research labs until they found one they hope Xbox owners will love. The new UI aims to balance the experience, accessibility, function, and the needs of the community.