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As much as I love my Xbox One X, I can't help but feel that the UI is absolutely dreadful. The whole thing feels sluggish and needlessly difficult to navigate... so it's exciting to see all the changes that Microsoft will be bringing to the updated dashboard when the Xbox Series X launches in November.
In a blog post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft talked up the increased speed of the new dashboard, which will be rolled out for the next-gen console, Xbox One, Xbox mobile apps, and Game Pass on PC in just a few months.
"Xbox Series X will set a new bar for speed when it launches this November, and we're taking the same approach to accelerate experiences across Xbox," Chris Novak, head of Xbox research and design said,.
"The Xbox Velocity Architecture and Quick Resume technology make games quicker to launch, and we knew we also wanted to make them faster to discover, talk about, and download - even while you're away from your console. Your phone, PC, or console - all working together. Any time you have available to spend gaming is valuable, and we wanted to ensure it was time spent playing, not waiting.
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"The Home screen will load more than 50 per cent faster when you boot your Xbox, and is almost 30 per cent faster to load when you're returning from a game. Furthermore, these improvements use 40 per cent less memory than what was previously required."
You might well be thinking that you've already been staring at this dashboard on your Xbox One for a while now. That's because some of you - especially Xbox Insiders and those signed up to the Preview Program - probably have. Does that make it less exciting? A little, I suppose. But this is the dashboard of a console, so it was never exactly a skydive to begin with.
"The overall layout of most of the console pages remains familiar, just faster and more focused," Microsoft said. "If some of these updates look familiar, it's because you helped us build them over the past year through our Xbox Insider program, or when you noticed them hidden in plain sight (like when the new illustration style found its way into the Game Bar welcome screen, or a light theme was tested in the Family Settings App preview).
"We'll begin to roll them out in the coming weeks, and come November we'll celebrate a milestone in our user experience journey alongside the launch of Xbox Series X."
Featured Image Credit: Microsoft
Topics: Xbox Series X
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