Xbox Insiders will see a major UI redesign in February

by Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
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It is a good day to be an Xbox Insider, especially if you are a hardcore Xbox One gamer since Microsoft has great plans for the upcoming February update.

In an official post on their website, Microsoft stated that the February updates will bring an entire host of improvements to the Xbox users. However, the spotlight is held by the UI overhaul that Microsoft is planning.

The Xbox One Menu is getting a facelift

With the February Insider Update (#2002) we are rolling out the new, streamlined Xbox One Home interface for all Xbox Insiders ahead of its full public release next month!

xbox one uiOf course, that is not all, as Microsoft is releasing a ton of new features. These include:

  • Image and GIF support for Xbox Live chat
  • Better control over the download of titles that are part of Game Pass bundles
  • The ability to choose where notifications will be displayed
  • Plenty of Mixer improvements
  • Some additional storage management suggestions

Xbox listens to players’ suggestions

Apparently, this is the result of user feedback that were not all that pleased about the Xbox One’s Home menu, as it seemed too cluttered and filled with unnecessary information.

This wouldn’t be the first time Xbox gives Insiders a peek at a new UI design that they were testing. However, this one is getting much more praise.

Additionally, players felt that they had little control over the console, and some features seemed like they could use some a bit of a personal touch.

The main goal of this entire overhaul was to make the entire menu browsing experience feel more responsive. However, they still kept some of the elements so that your favorite content would always be front and center.

The overall result, however, will not be seen too soon. This is because Microsoft stated that even those that are part of the Xbox Insider program have only received a part of the new features that are to come.

That being the case, there is no official statement regarding any live release of these new features. However, users are probably excited about the newest features, especially since the last major update had nothing but fixes.

What other improvements do you think Xbox One should make to its UI? Let us know the top changes you wish to see in the comments section below.

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