Xbox Dashboard update revealed, Alpha testing on Xbox Insider this week

Microsoft has revealed that the next major Xbox Home update, for the front UI for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, will be released sometime in 2023. In a “multi-month series of experiments,” the Xbox team will add new features to the user interface as requested by the community and soliciting feedback from Xbox Insider Program participants. Those lucky enough to be in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring in Xbox Insider will be able to preview these tests starting this week.

New features for the next Xbox Home update

Xbox Home update

Among the key changes that Xbox plans to evaluate first is a new “Jump back in” row of tiles right on the Xbox dashboard, giving users quick access to their recently played games and apps. This will likely focus on each game you have a Quick Resume save for, reminding you which games and apps you’ve added to your rotation recently.

Xbox also wants to value Home screen shortcuts for key system apps like Settings, Store, Search, and My Games & Apps as dedicated tiles. It will be interesting to see if the designers use something similar to the taskbar notification area in Windows, placing some permanently on the UI while not being as intrusive as giant tiles for each of those system apps. Xbox will also experiment with curated categories and recommendations when you scroll down the home screen, similar to how Netflix suggested categories in its app.

These are just the first features that Microsoft plans to introduce in the coming months. Designers will continue to add, remove, and change UI elements, and continually update the layout for consistency and easy identification. If you want to try these ongoing updates for Xbox Home, you can download the Xbox Insider Hub app on Xbox One or Xbox Series S|X.

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Emma Bowman

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