I’m not the biggest fan of the current Xbox One dashboard. It’s clunky and there are just too many nuisances pestering me. Getting around is a hassle I find and it’s actually left me using the Xbox less than I’d like because of it.
Microsoft is no stranger to retooling and releasing updated home screens. We’ve been seeing this since the Xbox 360 and it’s interesting that Xbox is the only console-maker willing to retool their home screen. Right now, I don’t particularly enjoy using the home screen, but the look of the upcoming Xbox One home screen is calling out to me.
Available this week for Xbox Insiders, the new dashboard update puts a larger focus on what I use my Xbox for – the video games. Tthe rest of us need to wait until this fall for the update to roll out to our consoles but so far, this is good for gamers.
“With this new experimental Home design, the first thing you’ll notice is we’ve removed the Twists from the top of Home in favor of separate buttons that launch your gaming experiences. The goal is to let you jump into Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community and Microsoft Store quicker than ever. We’ve also shifted things around to make more room for your recently played titles.” according to a post on Xbox Wire.
Also, Cortana is no longer able to acknowledge your voice commands through the console. Now, if you’re one of those people who use voice commands, you’ll need to grab the Cortana iOS/Android app to talk to Cortana.