The Xbox Series X is getting some dashboard spit and polish. Microsoft has begun testing a new 4K version of the UI experience on the console. At the moment, Xbox Insiders in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead tiers can gain access to the newly improved experience. Microsoft says that the biggest change to the Xbox Series X dashboard is the 4K elements that have been designed to make use of higher-resolution displays and TVs.
While this resolution jump might sound boring it is far from it. The move to a 4K dashboard means that the overall UI is now sharper than ever. In addition, the text across the console is easier to read too.
“But the console runs in 4K already” you may be asking yourself. Well, that is true. However, up to now, the Xbox Series X has made use of a 1080p dashboard UI. There have been a few 4K elements included in the experience but the overall rendering resolution was restricted to 1080p. This new change will see the entire dashboard overhauled to 4K so when you’re sitting on your home screen it will look better than ever.
With today’s update, Alpha Skip-Ahead Insiders on Xbox Series X consoles connected to a 4K display can begin flighting an increased resolution UI. This change means Home, Guide, and other areas of the UI will be displayed in a higher native resolution for increased sharpness and text readability.
Microsoft has yet to share exact specifics on Xbox Series X 4K dashboard update. We don’t know if the update will add HDR to the home screen (similar to the PS5 which constantly runs in HDR) and we don’t know what support the Xbox Series S will get. If testing goes well, Microsoft will most likely roll out a tweaked version for the Xbox Series S.
The latest update adds even more features to the already-packed Xbox Series X dashboard. The company just recently released a night mode that enables users to dim the LED brightness on their controller, turn off the power light on the console and switch the system UI to a dark mode. Users can also disable HDR when making use of the feature.