The New Xbox One Home Screen Is A Lot Cleaner

The new Xbox One home screen following the latest update. (Photo: Ethan Gach, Kotaku)

Microsoft released a new update for the Xbox One home screen yesterday that makes recently played games easier to find and removes a lot of the extra junk that had previously been taking up real estate.

The three rows that used to make up the home screen have been condensed and moved. Now, in the centre, there are two sets of tiles made up mostly of recently used apps and games alongside a few ads, and the Game Pass, Mixer, and Store tabs are dedicated rows below that. I’ve always enjoyed the Xbox One’s mosaic interface, and if Microsoft is going to bombard me with “awesome deals,” at least that particular square now blends in better with the rest of the layout.

The old Xbox One home screen layout.

The Game Pass, Mixer, and Store rows can also be shuffled with customisable rows dedicated to specific games or features. The game library has gotten easier to personalise as well. Now subdivided into games, apps, and subscription downloads (from services like Xbox Live Gold, Game Pass, and EA Access), the full list of your software is much easier to browse.

The update’s other improvements are more granular. According to the change notes, you can now control where notifications pop up on the screen so they don’t obscure whatever you’re playing or watching as much. Game Pass anthologies like Shenmue I & II can be downloaded individually as well. And for people with external harddrives, it’s now possible to move installed games and apps there from the Xbox One’s internal storage when trying to clear up room for new downloads.

The update as a whole is a nice little surprise for Xbox One users in an otherwise sleepy February. It’s also cool to see Microsoft still tweaking and improving the console’s interface even with new hardware due out later this year. The PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch home screens, meanwhile, have pretty much been left untouched since their original launches. 


Comments

    Curious to see if it speeds up the interface at all as well. I have both a launch Xbox One and an Xbox One S and while the S is acceptable most of the time, I can see the launch Xbox One is definitely very sluggish in the OS with 1-2 second freezes all the time. It doesn't crash often, but it's groaning under the weight of almost 7 years usage..

    "The Game Pass, Mixer, and Store rows can also be shuffled"

    Any chance to shuffle Mixer off the dashboard completely?

      Yeah, I think all those sections can just be removed.

    I haven't really kept up with the XBox UI/UX design but this looks and sounds very similar to the PS4 UI/UX.

    I’ll have a look when I get home, but it has a long way to actually be more user friendly, I have detested the xbox interface for years, but aleast it isn’t as bad as the xbox 360’s ad infested nightmare.

    So they got rid of the "tabs" at the top and turned them all into blocks you can move around and add/remove like the other blocks for games, etc.
    This is fine. I just wish they would now re-introduce those tabs and put my apps and games there. It's always felt weird having to basically open a separate app to browse all your games.

    Take a leaf from the full-screen start menu in Windows, where you have the pinned section and the all apps section.

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