Microsoft has reworked the Xbox Home UI in order to accommodate background images better and to simplify access to key areas of the Xbox dashboard. Microsoft halted testing of an future Xbox Home UI in order to rework the design. The result is a huge improvement.
The new Xbox Home UI has moved the tiles for apps and games further down, so that there is a lot of space to view a background. Tile sizes have been reduced and responsive game art will update the background as you hover over specific games and apps.Microsoft’s old Xbox Home UI Test.Image: MicrosoftThe new Xbox Home User Interface.Image: Microsoft
The new floating interface provides quick access the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft Store, game library, settings, and search. You don’t need to go to the Xbox dashboard in order to access your entire library of games.
Microsoft will roll out the new Xbox Home UI to Xbox consoles within months. Ivy Krislov is the senior product manager for Xbox Experiences. She says, “We created hundreds of options and refined them with prototypes, before user testing in our Research Labs. We found one that we think you’ll like.” It balances experience, accessibility and function with the needs of the community.