I love my Xbox One. But that UI is a headache more often than not. Creating parties and accessing my friends list can take forever sometimes. I’ll give Microsoft some credit for the continuous updates to try and address certain areas and add new features. Soon, the slow UI will be no more. At least, that’s what the Xbox team is promising.
Big changes are on the way to the Xbox One user interface. Xbox 360 owners won’t be surprised. The Xbox 360 UI went through several iterations. Who can forget the awesome ‘Blade’ interface?
The new Xbox One UI is coming in November. The facelift will be powered by Windows 10 and “will get you to popular gaming features up to 50 percent faster.”
Let’s take a peek at the biggest features coming in two months.
A Redesigned Home
Check out the new Home layout. It does look like it has seen a few tweaks since the version shown at E3 (below).
The biggest area of focus for Microsoft? Speed. “We’re introducing a faster and easier interface to provide access to games and apps you’ve recently used,” says Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management for Xbox.
Ease of use and speed make their way to the Guide as well. Double-tap the Xbox button to instantly overlay the Guide. Access Friends, start a Party, get to Settings and more is quicker than ever. Good. The wait time when creating a Party is a bit much sometimes.
Games as a service. It’s what every console manufacturer, developer and publisher are aiming for these days. What fuels a service? A Community. The new Community section is designed to make the Xbox One even more social. It’s a feature every company hammers home these days, and the new Xbox One UI is no different.
The Activity Feed is also getting a redesign. You can read a bit more about the refresh coming to OneGuide and the Store at the Xbox Wire.
Xbox 360 Games on Your Xbox One
It’s almost here. More than 100 Xbox 360 games playable on your Xbox One and hundreds more in the following months. Will Red Dead Redemption make the cut? That’s what millions of Xbox One owners want to know. There’s still no word, but I would be shocked if it doesn’t make the cut. More than 90,000 fans have voted for Red Dead Redemption to be playable on Xbox One. We will see if Rockstar gives Microsoft the go-ahead when November gets here.
Getting the November Update Early
The Xbox team is treating the November update a bit differently. In the past, all Xbox Preview update members would receive the update at the same time. With this update, a set of Preview members who have traditionally submitted the most feedback will receive the update first.
Members of the Xbox Preview update program will receive an invite through an Xbox Live message. The Xbox team will roll out more invites as they receive feedback from this initial group.
Everyone’s Xbox One experience is going to be a lot different in a couple of months. Xbox One Backwards Compatibility will be a hugely popular feature. And I can’t wait to see exactly what kind of improvements we see in the UI.