Does Xbox Series X need | S to a new OS for the dashboard?

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I recently noticed that every time an Xbox employee tweets, regardless of the topic, a set of responses ask Microsoft to provide a new dashboard, often without context. In my Xbox surveys at the beginning of the year, I was surprised by the number of people who were actually upset with the overall dashboard design, with nearly a third of the complaints revolving around details or general dissatisfaction. It should be noted that these surveys were by no means scientific, but rather they also introduce a bias about Twitter itself, which tends to inflate certain topics and produce trends that may conflict with Microsoft’s more scientific internal surveys.

In fact, the Xbox Insider Program is designed for feedback on and around the dashboard. During the Xbox One generation, we’ve seen the Xbox console undergo several major revisions as it moved away from the Kinect and Windows 8 “Metro” design language to something very similar to Windows 11’s Fluent Design. It’s also worth noting that the Xbox Series X | The S is the first “new generation” of the Xbox console that did not receive a unique design. It looks and works similar to the Xbox One dashboard, except for the dynamic themes and other features under the hood.

I turned back to the community to ask what specifically people hate about the Xbox console. For complete transparency, I am now completely satisfied with it myself. I enjoy the consistency between my Windows 11 PC and the Xbox console, and the new storefront on the Xbox is excellent, much faster and more usable than its predecessor. Having said that, there are some points made on Twitter and me Act We agree with, and hopefully address Microsoft in some form.

Cleaner, with fewer ‘ads’

New user interface for Xbox Control Panel

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One of the main criticisms I see over and over has to do with the perception of clutter and “ads” on the home screen right after you turn on your Xbox. I’ve put “ads” between quotes here because I suspect Microsoft displays some content panels on the dashboard a little differently than regular users.

The dashboard consists of two rows of tiles. The top row is a list of the most recently used apps and games, while the bottom row consists of a direct link to the Games and Apps folder, with three panels containing Dynamic Content. These blocks of content are generated by AI and encourage you to interact with different Xbox features, whether it’s store promotions, achievements, or friends who are signed in. The last plate in the lower right is often reserved for actual Ads, served by Bing.

I suspect that complaints about this dashboard clutter have amplified since Microsoft introduced dynamic themes to Xbox Series X | S, which is a great animation. Unfortunately, their influence is interrupted because they are obscured behind the large, immovable tiles. Fan models envision a more streamlined user interface that offers more room for breathing in the background while reducing the number of clips dedicated to blocks of “dynamic” content.

Advertising has always been a controversial topic on Xbox consoles, even in the age of Xbox 360. It’s a symptom of the game console’s business model: you sell hardware at cost and make money from digital purchases. Ads on the dashboard are a relatively non-intrusive way to generate additional revenue and support the console itself. They are generally much less intrusive than platforms like Instagram or Tiktok, which create profiles of your habits and serve up ads tailored to encourage you to buy. Xbox ads tend to fix with a very general target audience in mind.

In the UK I often see ads for random government run campaigns that don’t even try to sell anything. At the moment, I don’t see third-party ads at all in Germany, with blocks of content focusing on the benefits of Xbox Game Pass and a reminder that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has just been launched. However, they occupy a cumbersome part of the dashboard, and hide any dynamic themes or custom wallpapers you may have set.

Being realistic, I doubt Microsoft will eliminate ads on the dashboard completely, given the extra revenue they bring in. However, I suspect there has to be some sort of compromise that reduces their control over the overall feel of the home screen. Many users have requested more control on the home screen, with the ability to resize or move tiles, for example.

performance and speed

Xbox Series X |  network guide

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Another topic I’ve seen over and over has to do with speed. Several users have pointed out how slow the Xbox pulls up updates or quickly navigates between different sections of the dashboard.

It seems somewhat true that allocating resources to the operating system is holding it back. I recently tried using Clipchamp on Microsoft Edge on Xbox Series X, which is a shiny new web-based video editing platform from Microsoft. Unfortunately, only adding single A short clip of the timeline that has caused the entire browser to crash since it exceeded its RAM availability. The Xbox Game DVR is another area of ​​contention, given how slow the Xbox is to deal with the basics of clip editing and sharing. Microsoft has removed Upload Studio entirely, removing editing deeper sections from the platform.

It’s possible that some of the operating system’s performance limitations are not things that Microsoft can easily solve, since system resources are largely reserved for games and games. A more widespread review of the Xbox architecture may be required in the future to improve some of these aspects of the console.

One of the things that users asked over and over again in my Twitter thread was an option for an HDR-enabled dashboard. It’s definitely annoying that when you switch from the dashboard to a game with HDR enabled, most TVs flash between HDR modes as a result of the Xbox losing this feature. If you are using a slower TV, this mode switch can be too slow and annoying to deal with. Hopefully this is at least one performance improvement that Microsoft can implement more easily. In my experience, I talk to Xbox employees about these kinds of things, though, and it’s as if things that seem relatively simple can actually be quite complex.

what he is Microsoft working on now?

Xbox Game Dvr March

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In previous interviews, Microsoft said that its priorities for 2022 included improving the Xbox Game DVR, noting that it had heard calls to improve and overhaul the Xbox achievement system, which lagged behind PlayStation in the update. Microsoft has made a bunch of small improvements over the past few months, including customization for the share button, improvements to Quick Resume, a 4K dashboard, and improvements to subtitle information storage and accessibility.

For many people who have been calling for a complete dashboard overhaul, many have been asking Microsoft to leave it as is. The number of reviews the Xbox One generation dashboard has gone through during its lifetime has been quite intense, and I would argue that what we have now is much simpler and focused, even though it came at the cost of losing TV features, snap mode, and other similar things.

I think a full dashboard revision isn’t necessary until the next generation at this point, but like Windows 11 itself, this generation of Microsoft’s OS design seems to be moving a lot further away from customization. People have called for Microsoft to improve standardization in Windows 11, and it can be said that it did. However, it has come at the expense of personalization in some ways. You can’t move the Start menu taskbar anymore, for example, and the new Start menu is no longer close to the customization that used to happen in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1.

The same is true of the Xbox dashboard, but that’s almost always the case. However, I don’t think it would be a pain to give users more control over their experience. I subscribe to the Android ecosystem for the control it gives me over the usability of my mobile devices. It would be nice to see a bit of this design customization on Xbox (and Windows 11) as well.

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