The New Xbox Dashboard Has Arrived!
Today marks an exciting day for Xbox gamers worldwide as Microsoft officially launches the highly anticipated new Xbox dashboard. This brand-new version of the Home UI is set to revolutionize the gaming experience for all Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S console owners.
Microsoft’s Xbox team has meticulously crafted the new UI, focusing on enhancing user convenience and personalization. Here are seven key benefits of the updated interface:
- Quick Access Menu: The Home UI introduces a quick access menu at the top, making it incredibly easy to navigate to your Library, the Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Pass, Search, and Settings.
- Enhanced Background Personalization: With a simplified layout, the new design creates more space for personalized backgrounds. Games you’ve recently played and other content and apps will now be neatly arranged towards the bottom of the screen, allowing your background to shine through.
- Background Matching: A delightful addition to the UI is the option to change your background to match the game you’re currently highlighting in the recently played list. This feature seamlessly integrates the visual experience with your gaming choices.
- Improved Game Discovery: Microsoft is taking game discovery to new heights with curated lists of games personalized just for you. This will undoubtedly lead you to discover fantastic gaming experiences tailored to your preferences.
- Tailored Customization: The new Home UI lets you customize your Xbox experience to suit your preferences. You can now pin your favorite games, curated groups, and system groups like Quick Resume directly to the Home screen.
- Enhanced Community Interaction: Stay connected with your gaming community more easily through the updated Friends & Community Updates row. Get updates on what your friends are up to and engage with the latest community news.
- Watch & Listen Spotlight: Want to explore the world of entertainment beyond gaming? The new UI showcases available media apps and content through the Watch & Listen spotlight and a comprehensive list of entertainment apps.
The journey to achieve this revamped dashboard has been a monumental effort for the Xbox team. Over the past eight months, extensive testing with Xbox Insiders has driven numerous design changes based on valuable user feedback. The community’s input has been crucial in shaping the final product, resulting in a fresh and user-centric Home UI that truly showcases your games and apps while providing ample space for breathtaking backgrounds.
As the new Home UI starts its public rollout to all Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S consoles, it’s essential to note that this process occurs in multiple stages. While some lucky users will immediately gain access to the new dashboard, others might have to exercise a bit of patience, as the update might take a few weeks to reach everyone.
In any case, rest assured that this exciting new design will soon grace your Xbox console, enriching your gaming experience and demonstrating Microsoft’s dedication to constantly improving and refining the Xbox ecosystem. Get ready to explore the world of gaming with greater ease and personalization!
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) July 26, 2023