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Microsoft Testing New Xbox Home UI that Will Release Next Year – Effinate Games


If there’s one major flaw with Microsoft’s new consoles, it’s the Xbox home user interface. While the PlayStation 5 has a nice interface, the Xbox’s doesn’t seem as refined. Fans have been clamoring for a UI update since the Xbox Series X and S came out, and it looks like they’re about to get it.

Microsoft has begun testing new updates to the Xbox Home UI, which are available to certain Insiders at this time. The update will be available to the masses next year in 2023. The update will primarily focus on making the Home UI much more intuitive and easy to use.

New features in the Xbox Home UI

The major changes will be made in the form of the home screen layout and design. This will make it easier to browse areas like the settings interface or find Xbox games and applications.

However, the current form being tested will not be the final form. The rest of the year, Microsoft will keep updating the home user interface until it reaches perfection; the final update will be rolled out.

The first round of preview updates includes a new “jump back into” row at the top of the Xbox Home that includes the usual recently played games and apps. If you’re a user of the Xbox TV app, the new user interface will be familiar to you.

New Xbox Home UI

Talking to the edgestated an Xbox representative:

'We know the Xbox homepage is where our gamers spend the most time, and it’s a space that’s very personal. We also know we can always be listening and learning how we can do better here while keeping your experience fast and familiar. We’re kicking off a multi-month series of experiments to learn how to create a more personalized home screen experience.'

Microsoft displays hand-picked categories and suggestions as you scroll down, and there should be an improved layout and a more unified style throughout. Another major flaw with the Xbox Home UI includes ads, no dynamic backgrounds, and less customization. All of this is available on the PS5’s home user interface. Xbox needs to catch up.

Microsoft’s senior product manager has assured that they are listening to the fans. They have also promised to improve the user interface and deliver something that the fans will love. Personally, I want the customization that was always missing on Xbox and I’m really looking forward to it.

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