New Xbox Dashboard Looks Great, Still Has Too Many Ads

New Xbox Dashboard Looks Great, Still Has Too Many Ads

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Microsoft’s long-awaited dashboard redesign for the Xbox Sequence X/S is lastly rolling out for everybody beginning right now. It’s a welcome replace that lets gamers spotlight their favourite sport artwork whereas additionally opening extra choices to get across the Xbox dwelling menus extra rapidly. If solely it didn’t nonetheless embody so many Recreation Go advertisements.

“Once we first confirmed Xbox Insiders what we had been engaged on we heard your suggestions clearly—you wished extra room to point out off customized backgrounds or sport artwork, faster navigation choices, and extra personalization,” Ivy Krislov, Xbox experiences product lead, wrote over on the Xbox Wire weblog. “During the last eight months since preliminary launch, we’ve carried out adjustments to fulfill these requests and have a brand new House that feels contemporary, places the main focus in your video games and apps, and creates area for stunning backgrounds.”

The brand new dashboard, which can slowly roll out to all Xbox Sequence X/S customers within the days and weeks forward, consists of 5 important enhancements:

  • Provides fast entry menu for Recreation Go, Settings, and extra on the prime
  • Pushes the primary group of icons decrease to make room for background artwork
  • Introduces an possibility for dynamic sport artwork so the background adjustments relying on the icon presently chosen
  • Curates lists of video games you is perhaps thinking about
  • Enables you to pin suspended video games to the house display screen.

On the entire, the redesign is a pleasant combination of minimalism, customizability, and effectivity. No core function or possibility is greater than a pair button presses away, and the remainder of the time it’s simple to show your favourite Xbox backgrounds somewhat than having your eyeballs accosted by a ton of random squares. I particularly like having the ability to have my Fast Resume queue out within the open somewhat than stashed away in a submenu.

There are nonetheless some points, nonetheless. The pinned teams on the backside after the primary web page are wedged under a compulsory “Not too long ago Added to Recreation Go” row. One of many slots on the house display screen can be reserved for promoting Recreation Go video games, even for those who’re already subscribed like I’m. One other tile is devoted to hawking different paid content material, offers, and new gross sales. And when you scroll handed your pinned icons, each new row is principally one thing about Recreation Go: which video games you may like, which of them are leaving quickly, and many others.

Too many Recreation Go advertisements was the unique criticism when Microsoft first examined the redesign. It has actually improved issues on that entrance, however it nonetheless didn’t cast off them completely. The PlayStation 5 dwelling display screen has loads of advertisements too, relying on the place you scroll. These additionally suck. I paid a whole lot of {dollars} for these consoles. It could be good to not often really feel like I’m getting bombarded with offers and upsells like I’m standing in entrance of a fuel station kiosk.


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