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Xbox Insiders Get New Home UI That Simplifies the Experience

Microsoft now has a new Xbox Home UI that simplifies the central hub of Xbox consoles. It is available now in preview.


is rolling out a new Xbox Home UI for its consoles. Available for Xbox Insiders on the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha Ring, Microsoft says the UI has been designed with feedback from Xbox users in mind. This is the same revamp that was originally discovered earlier this year

If you have been using Xbox – or following the brand closely – for years, you will know that the Home experience is something Microsoft has been unable to perfect. Over the years, the company has delivered plenty of tweaks, updates, and overhauls to the central hub of its Xbox consoles. Even today, the current | home experience is hardly amazing.

Microsoft is taking another shot at its with its new Xbox Home UI. The company says customers have provided feedback saying the existing Home UI is too cluttered. Using the feedback, Microsoft has created a simpler home experience that offers the following changes:

  1. “Provides easy navigation to your library, the Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Pass, search, and settings at the very top of your Home by introducing a new quick access menu.
  1. Simplifies the layout and makes more space for you to see your background by reducing the size of some of the tiles and moving them to the bottom of the screen.
  1. Adds a responsive game art feature to update the default background and show off the beautiful art associated with each title when you hover over the tiles.”

Microsoft says that the new UI is not the final version and that it will continue to refine it based on user feedback. Even so, you can see how the UI currently looks in the image above. The company also says that it designed hundreds of options and user-tested them in its research labs until it found one that it hopes users will like.

The new UI is available for Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha Ring starting this week. 

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.