Microsoft Launches Simpler New Xbox Guide

Posted on May 29, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox One with 3 Comments

The May 2020 Xbox One Update is now available, bringing with it a simpler new Guide, additional game filters, and more.

“Driven by feedback from you, our worldwide community, we are excited to share some new updates and improvements that are already rolling out to all Xbox One consoles,” Microsoft’s Jonathan Hildebrandt announced. “The May 2020 Update is available now and delivers a simpler Guide interface, a new Community experience, additional collection filters and a better way to browse Mixer.”

Here’s what’s new in the May 2020 Update:

Simpler new Xbox Guide. This is the UI that appears when you press the Xbox button; it lets you switch between games and apps and navigate to other locations in the Xbox Dashboard. In this release, the Guide has been streamlined to be cleaner, and easier to read and navigate. And for the first time, you can customize the order of the tabs in the Guide to what works for you.

Additional collection filters. The My games & apps screen now offers Genre and Player Count to the list of available filters.

Mixer stream browse improvements. The Mixer dashboard experience makes it easier to browse available streams with live thumbnails.


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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Microsoft Launches Simpler New Xbox Guide”

  1. madthinus

    I would have thought they would fundamentally re-engineer this system for next gen to finally fix it. Looks like more lipstick on a pig.

  2. IanYates82

    Player count... As in filter the games that allow 2, 3, 4+ players to play locally? Awesome!! I'd asked the xbox chiefs for this on twitter but, understandably, never got any traction.

    It'd greatly simplify the browsing of games for the kids and I to play together.

  3. skolvikings

    The Xbox UI is the main reason I decided to give the PS4 a try when I upgraded from my Xbox 360. Everything I've seen so far tells me it was a good decision. I hate the Xbox UI. That said, I realize it's subjective and others may have a different opinion. I just appreciate the PS4 interface of scroll left/right for recent games, the most recent on the left, go all the way to the right to go to the full games list if you want something not played recently. It's very similar to the recently launched apps row on Fire TV. Very simple because I just want to play games here people, and 90% of the time I want one of the games recently played.