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The new Xbox Home experience could finally be a step toward a better UI

The UI of the Xbox Series X and Series S has been a hot commodity since the pair of consoles launched in 2020. However, despite the desperate pleas from gamers to make some changes to the dashboard, only a few updates have slightly altered the appearance, and each time one of these updates does roll around, players are quick to critique the features that should’ve been changed. 

A new Xbox Home experience has recently been trialed, offering an alternative UI to the one players currently experience on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. However, unfortunately, it still hasn’t delivered the visual overhaul that most of us have been searching for.

The new and improved trial home screen has been called cluttered and hard to navigate by Alpha Testers alongside the Xbox Insiders program, as stated in a feedback overview update via the Xbox Insiders Blog, and adverts for Xbox Game Pass have been a cause for upset due to how much space on the screen is dominated by them, which subsequently covers the background image of the active game more than before.

Slow and steady

An Xbox Series X controller held in front of a TV showing the console's dashboard

(Image credit: Shutterstock / vfhnb12)

Thankfully, the feedback from players has been taken into account rather than distributing the UI update as is, and current experiments with the dashboard are being paused while feedback is being taken into account.

In the same blog post addressing the new home experience, Ivy Krislov, Senior Product Manager Lead, stated they are “working to balance the experience, accessibility, function, and the needs of our community” regarding the next potential update. In addition, the cluttering of the home screen and blocking of the background was acknowledged in the same blog post, which will be considered for the next update.

Since the home screen is a player's first experience with the console, it must be easy to use, navigate, and be personalizable, which many players have stated the console still needs to include. So while this update hasn’t entirely met the mark, it could be a closer step toward a more enjoyable experience.

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