Xbox One Is Getting New Interface Updates With the Next Update

Posted on April 7, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Xbox, Xbox One with 3 Comments

Microsoft is testing a new update for the Xbox One system with Xbox Insiders this week. The new update has been in testing with Insiders for a little, but Microsoft highlighted some of the main changes in the update on Monday evening.

The new update will likely roll out to all users soon, and it mostly focuses on changes to the dashboard interface.

With the latest update, Microsoft is testing a simplified guide layout. The company is experimenting with a new streamlined interface that makes use of a left-to-right order configuration for the different tabs at the top. The company is also changing up how things are organized within the Guide.

For example, party, messaging, and invites have been combined in the new “Parties & chats” tab while settings, audio, and power options are now located in the “Profile & system” tab.

Microsoft says the company will continue to evolve the Home experience on Xbox based on Insider feedback.

There have also been some changes made in the “My Games and Apps Updates” section. Microsoft is bringing back the popular “Surprise me!” button which essentially suggests a random game in your library based on selected filters for when you are not quite sure what you want to play.

And last but not least, the Mixer experience has been improved to include emotes and subscriber badges in chat, as well as making it easier to access stream settings from your controller.

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3 responses to “Xbox One Is Getting New Interface Updates With the Next Update”

  1. Thretosix

    I gave up figuring out the UI a long time ago. Recent apps and games seem to be all I need anyways.

  2. bleeman

    Overall the changes have been pretty good, the only one I can't stand is the new Mixer interface. What a mess! Adding all the emotes, badges, etc. just ends up being a bunch of worthless clutter. When Mixer first released I really liked the feeling of community on the various people I followed. Now all it seems to be is a bunch of ridiculous pop-ups, notices, bells and whistles, that make it hard to chat as well as see what's going on with the game. At least on my computer I can still use the old interface for now, but I anticipate Microsoft will probably screw that up as well eventually <sigh>.

  3. orbsitron

    I like the Left-to-Right ordering shown above. I often forget that focus starts in the middle of the current guide and so I navigate t the wrong direction on occasion. Nice, small improvement.