Microsoft is this week rolling out the October update for Xbox. While it is too early to see all the software details for the Xbox Series X ahead of its launch next month, we are getting some next-gen changes. Specifically, Microsoft is introducing its new Xbox Dashboard experience.

Yes, this is the same new Xbox Dashboard Microsoft initially revealed in August. There’s not much going on in terms of layout changes. Although, the new dashboard does boost the performance of the Xbox system.

Running the new software, the Xbox Series X loads 50% faster than the Xbox One version and consumes 40% less memory. We are unsure if this translates to a noticeable improvement for users, but Microsoft says it will.

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On the gaming side, switching between games is now smoother, thanks to a 33% speed boost. This means users will be able to move between games more efficiently. We suspect this performance gain will be noticeable.

Other Changes

Finding frequently used apps and games has become easier. Furthermore, the new Home page comes with more customization options, including the ability to add and remove rows.

Quick access options on the dashboard include Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and the Microsoft Store. Notifications have also been tweaked. Specifically, users can customize how they see notifications on screen.

Looking at the design, there is not much different. However, Microsoft has made some tweaks that will be available across both Xbox consoles, PC, and mobile. This includes new icons and rounded corners. It’s worth noting these changes build on an overhaul of the dashboard brought to the Xbox One in February.

That previous update was a proper overhaul of the Xbox Dashboard experience. It seems this latest update is focused on building on that update to prepare for the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

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