Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Ring are now getting their hands on the latest Xbox update.
The new dashboard update is the first part of the next major system release from Microsoft, and is coming to both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. According to a blog post byXbox gaming experience more fun to use, with increased personalisation, and social features.
Dashboard updates to Home, the Guide, and Community are released today, with updates to Avatars, Game Hubs, and Profiles coming later this year. So what’s included?
First up is the new Xbox Home. The new design uses Microsoft’s Fluent Design philosophy, which basically means the screen can be customised to your own needs. Games and friends can be assigned to Home, creating a new content block that will be automatically populated with relevant content. Should you change your mind about a game you’re interested in – or fall out with a friend – you can delete the block at any time.
The new Xbox dashbaord update also makes it simpler to switch between Guide tabs, enabling you flip between friends, apps, broadcasts, and Home faster. The addition of tab flyouts will apparently make it easier to see more content, also.
Additionally, the Xbox One Community section has a brand new Activity Feed, that features more content, and is displayed full-screen when selected. The same applies to reading comments. I think I would prefer something that made them smaller, perhaps even invisible.
Over on Windows 10 there are a few improvements to Game Bar, which now features the built option to quickly enable or disable Game Mode on a per-game basis. Also, if you use Microsoft’s Mixer broadcasting platform, you will now have more audio choices, and access to a new Xbox Live Network Troubleshooting option to assist in fixing connectivity issues. It can be found within the Windows 10 settings menu.
Are you lucky enough to be part of the Alpha Ring? Let us know in the comments below what you think of the new Xbox update.