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Xbox's new UI to make dashboard navigation easier

Microsoft is tweaking the Xbox dashboard yet again to make it easier to navigate and quickly access key destinations.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

May 2, 2023

1 Min Read
Logo for Microsoft's Xbox console.

Microsoft revealed its next big change for the Xbox will be its dashboard. Members of the Xbox Insiders program can now experience a new version of the home menu for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One that "balances the experience, accessibility, function, and the needs of our community."

User interfaces (or UI) is an important component of games, and for developers, it can often be tricky figuring out the right UI. Xbox is no stranger to streamlining its dashboard, but the need has grown more important as Xbox Game Pass has become a more crucial part of the experience. 

This iteration of the dashboard includes a new quick access menu at the top of the Home page. It's said that quick access will allow for easier navigation to players' game libraries, Xbox Game Pass, and other important destinations. 

Additionally, the layout has been changed by reducing tile size and moving them to the bottom of the screen. Beyond making for a more simplified layout, it allows players to better see their backgrounds. 

Alpha and Alpha-Skip members of the Xbox Insiders program have access to the new Xbox dashboard. It'll presumably roll out for the general public in the coming months. 

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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