Xbox One gets new dashboard personalization options

Don Sharpe
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Xbox One February updates are now live, and they come with a host of new impressive features, including a redesigned home screen. If you have never liked the way the console organizes content on the user interface, that is set to change with the latest improvements, enabling you to personalize the dashboard as you would wish.

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Xbox One gets a UI facelift

An improved Xbox One dashboard should make your life around it a lot easier. Now, any console content that you do not interact with regularly can take a back seat instead of haphazardly occupying limited home screen spaces.

You can happily replace it with the games you cannot wait to play every day. According to Xbox support, the UI facelift should be more responsive and allow you to get started with your favorite apps and content quickly.

Xbox One Home has been redesigned to feel more responsive, keep your favorite content front and center, and get you into gaming experiences faster than ever. Featuring dedicated rows for Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community, and Microsoft Store, the new Home also includes added flexibility to add or remove rows for a customized experience.

The updates are a culmination of months of testing. Last month, Microsoft announced the availability of the new UI design to Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha ring Xbox insiders.

Xbox chats are now livelier with image support

Text-only conversations are an excellent idea in a formal setting, but they are no match for the fun exchanges that happen between gamers, many times in the heat of the moment. Xbox One is changing that in its enhanced, livelier chat feature.

You may now view and share cool images with your friends in chat communications on your Xbox One. Also, the console lets you send animated GIFs from the Xbox Android or iOS app in messaging conversations.

Notification preferences

Would it not be great if you could choose the exact spot on your console screen where notifications should appear, especially considering they always pop up without notice? An updated Xbox One allows you to do that.

The console’s display now supports up to six different notification locations. These options ensure that alerts appearing in the middle of a game are less intrusive and not obstructive at all.