Xbox One Home screen is changing (again)

Yolanda Curtis
July 27, 2019

A redesigned Xbox One dashboard has rolled out to Xbox Insiders, as Microsoft starts the process of streamlining and redesigning the dashboard for all users. "We've heard your feedback and have continued to iterate on Home to get you into your gaming experiences faster and keeping more of your content front and center". It says that it is moving away from "console experiences" to focus instead on cloud-based assistant experiences, signifying their pivot toward more cloud-based interaction.

It does, however, still seem like users will be able to continue using basic commands (Like Xbox, play etc) via Kinect.

So, what's different? Well, it looks like the tabs at the top-or what Rossetti calls "the twists"-are gone, "in favor of separate buttons that launch your gaming experiences".

With a new firmware update that will soon be made available only to those who join the Preview program, Microsoft introduces a feature long requested by several owners of Xbox One. With memory freed up from Cortana on the Xbox One, it is possible that the UI becomes a little smoother and loads a little faster. This is apparently part of a much larger push from Microsoft to shift Cortana to a more "business-oriented assistant". If players want to use voice commands to change the Xbox One's power state, take screenshots, launch games and apps, or take screenshots, they will now need to use the Xbox Skill function on Alexa-enabled devices, Xbox Skill for Cortana on the Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker, or Xbox Skill via the Cortana app on iOS, Android, and Windows.

Microsoft calls this an "experimental" update, and it's rolling out this week to Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead Xbox Insiders.

In a new post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft has showcased a streamlined new Xbox One dashboard.

Navigating through menus is nearly a thing of the past even for the Xbox One console thanks to Voice Commands. Select Xbox Insiders will have first access to the new dashboard. Starting this week, this update will roll out to our Alpha Skip Ahead ring and will fully roll out to all users this fall.

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