Xbox Product Manager Ivy Krislov recently joined Larry Hryb on the Official Xbox Podcast to discuss the new Xbox Home experience which is being tested by Xbox Insiders, and he saw Hryb close the door on a UI return. blades.
Microsoft recently rolled out the first iteration of its all-new Xbox Home Screen to select Xbox Insiders, though it won’t be fully implemented until 2023. To discuss the new “Home Experience,” the product manager Xbox Iver Krislov joined Larry Hryb Major Nelson, on the official Xbox podcast. If you’re not a fan of the currently tested UI, you might be pleased to know that there are two more versions to test, but it looks like only the bottom part of the screen will be changed – and we definitely won. I don’t see the blades coming back.
Microsoft has two more variations of the Xbox Dashboard to test
“No, you can’t collect the blades,” Hryb said. “They were lovely, they were nice, but you can’t get them back because they don’t adapt, as they say in the business, to what we want to do.” The “blades” dashboard originally shipped with the first Xbox 360s in 2005 and featured the console menus on separate tabs bordered by a pair of silver blades, which made a “whoosh” sound each time. time you flip through them. To date, it’s one of the most distinctive things that has made the console great.
The new Home experience, while lacking the Blades, is designed to give you everything you need on a single screen when you start the console, while scrolling down will bring up various curated lists of Xbox Game titles. Pass and other games to buy. The idea is to streamline your browsing experience, for example by extracting the store, settings, and search pages and putting them front and center in the dashboard. “We really see it as an evolution of the current house,” Krislov said. “By taking a lot of things that we’ve done well before and building on that.”
Microsoft’s engineering team has been laying the groundwork for this update over the past year, streamlining feedback processes for Xbox Insiders. “What a lot of Xbox fans might not know; usually it can take us up to three months to test very small features,” Krislov said. “Our hope is that by building this infrastructure, we can test things, get your feedback, iterate, and come back to you with something even better.”
The current version being tested by Insiders is the first of three planned dashboard releases, and Krislov’s team doesn’t expect the final version to be ready until “near the end of this calendar year,” so many A lot may change during this time based on feedback — “Feedback we’ve received so far with the test has been that the top row obscures dynamic backgrounds a bit more than some customers would like”, Krislov said. “We have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow (September 17) to go and review all of these comments.”
When discussing what is displayed when you scroll down the homepage, Krislov notes that “today most customers have their default content blocks, like Store, Community, Game Pass, etc. ., then they might get a pinned couple of games they really care about.” Other content blocks like Clubs and Friends are used much less often, and since most people don’t use the lower of the dashboard, Microsoft is looking to make better use of space.
“People don’t scroll as often because they’re going to jump straight into games from the top of Home, which makes perfect sense,” Krislov said. “We started by building the infrastructure where we can put different game channels with curation and personalization and personalization in front of the client. As we progress through these tests, which right now we’re in the first but we I have two more planned. [we’ll be] by adding different types of content, for example, for customers who use their console to watch TV, we’ll add a media experience — one of the most common pinned groups on Home is people who pin the apps they use want to watch TV. “
The next Dashboard test is set to roll out in October for Xbox Insiders, so we’ll see what changes the team has implemented then, based on feedback from the Insiders program. We recently wrote about some of the fan-made concept pieces of other dashboard variants and ran a poll to see what you thought of the one Microsoft is currently testing. Of the 1,156 votes we received, 482 (41.7%) of you voted to ‘throw it out’, while 25% of voters think it’s ‘ok’.
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