The new Microsoft Xbox One software update will bring in a host of changes that will overhaul the Xbox Home dashboard. The Xbox Home facelift will make it look more like Facebook, for better or for worse.
Microsoft’s motivations for the update is to bring speed and intelligence to the Xbox One. The intelligence part is covered by the introduction of Cortana, Microsoft’s version of Apple’s Siri. The traditional tiled layout is on the out and vertical columns that you can slide across horizontally is in (ahem… just like in PlayStation home).
The Friends section has been expanded into a full blown community section and here’s where things begin to drift in to the realm of Facebook. Microsoft has added an Activity Feed so players can see the latest updates from their friends as well as news from game developers regarding updates and so on.
Alongside the Activity Feed is a What’s Trending on Xbox Live section which brings up the most popular games and content on Xbox Live at the moment. Again, Facebook also has a trending sidebar next to its News Feed.
The Trending feed will also promote gamers on the Xbox Live network that are incredibly active in gameplay or just diligent in using Xbox One’s features. For example, if you take a ridiculous amount of screenshots in game, your gamer profile may pop up in the Trending feed. Consider it an Achievement Unlocked.
Microsoft has confirmed that you can opt out of appearing in the Trending feed and a company representative quickly highlighted the fact that the new update will have robust privacy settings for users.
For those that shun the whole social media experience, the new Xbox One user interface may not be their cup of tea but the addition of a quick access pane, which can be activated in-game to connect with friends, is a nice new element to the design.
The new update for the Xbox One will be coming soon and will also include other features such as the long-awaited backwards compatibility for selected Xbox 360 titles.