Microsoft Unveils Updated Xbox Dashboard Design and Functionality

As we head towards the next-generation release of the Xbox console, Microsoft is unveiling today the updates that we will see on the new dashboard. While there is a new design coming soon, there are also significant speed improvements as well.

Shown in a video posted on the Xbox YouTube channel, the Home dashboard will be loading up to 50% faster than the current dashboard and the various components like the Store, guide, use up to 40% less memory as well – overall the company has optimized the footprint of the dashboard significantly.

These speed improvements are also translating to switching games as well with that functionality being up to 33% faster. Considering that the dashboard of the Xbox has always been a pain point for performance, these enhancements will make using the console a much better experience. Granted, the company has slowly been improving the dashboard since its initial release but anyone who has used the console extensively has experienced the sluggish performance on more than one occasion even with the Xbox One X.

There are also subtle design language changes that we can see across the new screens on both Xbox, PC, and mobile – I hope you like rounded corners. There is some new iconography that reminds me a bit of the metro-style from Windows 8.

Another enhancement is the sharing experience of game clips. The new Xbox controller will feature a dedicated Share button and with the new workflow that Microsoft has built, when you capture a screen/video, it will become available on your phone quickly to make it easier to distribute.

While none of these changes are going to bring out a revolution in the console experience, they will make booting up, playing, and sharing on the series X just a little bit better.

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  • remc86007

    19 August, 2020 - 11:02 am

    <p>Seems like a nice update. Has anyone added up the cumulative speed increase over the past seven years? It seems like every UI update is accompanied with claims of 5-50% improvements in various actions. Maybe I was just way more patient back in 2013, but it seems like the UI isn't dramatically faster than it used to be.</p>

  • will

    Premium Member
    19 August, 2020 - 11:03 am

    <p>It would be a good post to show all the various dashboards and redesigns that Xbox has done starting with the 360…</p>

    • brothernod

      Premium Member
      22 August, 2020 - 12:29 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#562479">In reply to will:</a></em></blockquote><p>+1 I'd also enjoy that visual tour.</p>

  • davehelps

    Premium Member
    19 August, 2020 - 11:42 am

    <p>Brad, this isn’t a criticism of you ?… but I feel like we have this story on a loop. Do you think we’ll ever reach the headline “Xbox One Dashboard is great, fast, smooth, needs no major updates!”</p><p><br></p><p>Or are we doomed to an eternity of “This time we promise it really is going to be faster!” ??</p><p><br></p><p><a href="; target="_blank"></a></p&gt;

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      20 August, 2020 - 9:17 am

      That’s Microsoft’s fault, not Brad’s. 🙂 All we can do is hope they get it right eventually.

      • davehelps

        Premium Member
        20 August, 2020 - 10:08 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#562653">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Are you sure we can't blame Brad a little bit? I mean, since Mehedi is gone, someone has to pick up the slack.</p>

        • Paul Thurrott

          Premium Member
          21 August, 2020 - 9:03 am

          I’m listening.

  • ghostrider

    19 August, 2020 - 11:47 am

    <p>Just how many times have MS fiddled with the XB dashboard now? It must be a lot, and they still can't seem to get it right.</p>

    • scovious

      19 August, 2020 - 1:43 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#562487">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>I bet if Sony had any operating system skills they wouldn't have to throw away their UI and OS every generation and start from scratch</p>

      • Jeff Fodiak

        19 August, 2020 - 2:10 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#562509">In reply to scovious:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>you mean like microsoft did with windows phone mobile, wp7 and wp8?</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      20 August, 2020 - 9:16 am

      An infinite number of times. Maybe the Series X will be fast enough that it will finally seem fast.

  • tdemerse

    20 August, 2020 - 1:05 pm

    <p>Interesting that some of these details never hit the insider program before being shown off here.</p>

    • Thretosix

      21 August, 2020 - 12:25 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#562700">In reply to EnterpriseT:</a></em></blockquote><p>Probably depends on if the UI is releasing to the Xbox One, One X, or One S. At this point it looks as though this is all being done on a Series X which insider access wouldn't mean anything without the hardware to test it.</p>


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