The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S aren't coming out until next month, but Xbox One users are getting a sneak peek of their UI as the fresh new look is already being rolled out. Early reactions have been a mixed bag, with many commenting on the clean and fresh design, but plenty bemoaning various aspects of the new dashboard, including that it covers up their backgrounds.
Much of the new UI was revealed a few months ago, so the changes aren't a huge surprise. But what we didn't know was that these improvements would be making their way to the Xbox One, or that this would be happening a full month before the new consoles launch.
This new look is designed to help gamers reach their games faster, with Microsoft claiming (see the video below) that this new UI is 15 per cent faster at loading on startup, and a third faster to load when returning from a game. The Xbox design team also says they have streamlined every aspect of getting into games and have updated the visual language across the board. You would've thought they did a lot of user testing to get to this point, but if some of the comments on Twitter are anything to go by, there's a few things they've missed.
Plenty of people were dismayed with various aspects of the new dashboard, complaining about the search functions, lack of animated backgrounds and elements of the UI covering up their own backgrounds.
The absolute biggest issue with the Xbox One is the mind numbingly bad UI. The search function is dog shit and random trailers will play at MAX VOLUME while you're just trying to find a fucking game or app to download.How they went from the clean 360 UI to this is beyond me.October 15, 2020
All this and I just want the animated backgrounds. Haha!October 14, 2020
Can we please have them deleted? It would enhance our backgrounds and personalisation so much. pic.twitter.com/fn0tWTxbieOctober 14, 2020
Some, however, were excited by the update:
I’m liking how quick and snappy the New Xbox UI is.Store is slick and fast.Xbox Live Parties work like a charm.(Completely Random I know) pic.twitter.com/CJMHjIEoWdOctober 14, 2020
Ooooh the new Xbox UI is NIIIIIICEOctober 15, 2020
And some tweeters have pointed out that Microsoft seem to be constantly updating the console's UI. Some are pleased about this, others not so much...
No way did this bitch Microsoft change the Xbox UI AGAINOctober 15, 2020
Either way, releasing the new UI to older consoles is certainly a good way to get people talking about the upcoming release of the Xbox Series X/S, and is at least moving the conversation on from brutal memes about the design of the Xbox Series S or gripes about the Xbox Series X logo. If it's enough to tempt you, you can pre-order the upcoming Xbox consoles below.