Microsoft keeps on changing the interface of their console. Let’s be frank, at launch Xbox One’s UI was a mess but throughout the years the company has made many improvements easing the access to some console features. Yesterday, a new blog post by Bradley Rossetti, Xbox Insider team lead, announced yet another update for the console.
The post features a screenshot of a new home interface, that is now available to Xbox Insiders. The post gives more detail about the changes:
“The Home on Xbox One is the first thing you see when you turn on your Xbox One, and we want to deliver an easy and seamless experience for you to navigate your console. We’ve heard your feedback and have continued to iterate on Home to get you into your gaming experiences faster and keeping more of your content front and center. With today’s update, we’re experimenting with a streamlined user interface.
With this new experimental Home design, the first thing you’ll notice is we’ve removed the Twists from the top of Home in favor of separate buttons that launch your gaming experiences. The goal is to let you jump into Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community, and Microsoft Store quicker than ever. We’ve also shifted things around to make more room for your recently played titles.”
In addition to the home interface, the new update also cuts down Cortana. Xbox One users will no longer be able to use voice commands directly through their headsets. In order to enable voice control, players will have to download the Cortana app for their other devices and sync them up with the console. We can only guess what influenced this decision which will surely impact the accessibility of the console.
If you’re interested to know more, you can read through the full article by Bradley Rossetti here.