New Xbox Home UI: Microsoft starts testing 2023 Xbox dashboard changes

Microsoft is starting to test new changes to the Xbox Home user interface that will finally come to everyone in 2023. The changes will include tweaks to the layout and design to make it easier to find Xbox games and apps or navigate to areas like the configuration interface. Microsoft will run a variety of Xbox Home experiments in the coming months before launching its new Xbox Home user interface in 2023.

“We know that the Xbox home page is where our gamers spend most of their time, and it’s a very personal space,” says Ivy Krislov, senior product manager and experience leader for Xbox. “We also know that we can always be listening and learning how we can do better here while keeping your experience fast and familiar. With that, we’re kicking off a multi-month series of experiments to learn how to create a more personalized home screen experience and address some of the biggest trends and requests from fans.”

A random subset of Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring will have access to some of the Xbox Home experiments. this week. The first round of preview updates includes a new “get back in” row at the top of Xbox Home that lists your most recently played regular games and apps. You’ll notice (in the screenshot above) that there is no longer a larger tile for the most recently used app or game, and the interface looks much more like Microsoft’s Xbox TV app.

The new Xbox Home UI.
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A screenshot of the Xbox app for TVs.

The user interface of the Xbox TV app.
Image: Microsoft

That Xbox TV app also has a search feature at the top and quick access to settings – Microsoft is bringing both into the main user interface of its Xbox Home console. There’s even a pinned tile for accessing the Microsoft Store along with the usual “My games and apps” tile. Unfortunately, the ad tile still exists and is pinned to the Xbox home screen.

When you scroll down, Microsoft will display curated categories and recommendations based on the games you play, and there should be a more consistent layout with improved layouts.

Xbox users have been asking Microsoft to redesign its Xbox home interface for months, with suggestions to focus on showing more dynamic wallpapers, removing ads, and offering more customization for the Xbox home screen. This redesign doesn’t address all of that yet, but there are months to go for more tweaks that could make it much more customizable.

Personally, I’d like to be able to fully customize the Xbox Home UI, freely pin apps and games to the top, and remove the static tiles that Microsoft forces everyone to have. I can fully customize my iPhone home screen and move apps, games, and widgets wherever I want, so why not allow something similar on Xbox?

“We want to make sure this experience is the best it can be, and we know that getting it right will take some time, so we’ll be rolling it out slowly and iterating through the process,” explains Krislov. “With his input, we look forward to launching this new and better Home experience in 2023.”

Update, September 8 at 11:20 am ET: Updated article to note that testers will have access on September 9, not today, as an earlier copy of Microsoft’s blog post indicated.

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