Xbox Home Screen Update May

Microsoft Rolls Out New Xbox Home Screen to Testers

Microsoft is rolling out a new home screen update for the Xbox to improve the visual experience. Xbox fans have been voicing their concerns over the Dashboard for a few months now. Many of them complain that it is full of ads and most of the time, you can’t even see the wallpaper.

The new Xbox home screen now moves the blocks down slightly on the console screen. The lower icon blocks mean the wallpaper is now more visible than before. Some of the tile sizes have also been reduced to take up less space.  It is still quite obstructed but it is definitely an improvement.

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The new update also adds a responsive game art feature which defaults the background of the home screen to whatever game icon you’re on. This is similar to how the PlayStation 5 handles its background wallpapers. Keep in mind that the game needs to support this feature so it will take a while for all games to show its associated wallpaper.

In a statement, product manager Ivy Krislov says that the slight changes have been developed based on user feedback. It took Microsoft a few months to work on hundreds of options for the home screen before deciding on this one.

“So, we designed hundreds of options, then refined with prototypes and finally user-tested in our Research labs until we found one we hope you’ll love,” he explained. “It balances the experience, accessibility, function, and the needs of our community. We are excited to hear what you think!”

According to Krislov, the My Games & Apps tile has also been overhauled. It will now show you when there’s something new that needs your attention. This tile is found on the first spot on the second row.

“As the experience is not final, you may see updates either from your library or the Microsoft Store. For example, if there are items from your wish list on sale, you may get an update that shows up on your Home in that tile. We want to thank all the selected Xbox Insiders who have taken part in the experiments for the feedback you’ve shared with us. Your feedback is a key part of our process, and our team will continue to work hard to tweak and grow these experiences based on what we hear from you.”

The new Xbox home screen is now available for Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha testers.

Source: Xbox

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