- Microsoft is allowing Xbox One owners a chance to see the Xbox Series X interface in action.
- The new UI revamps the Guide, notifications, parties, and the Activity Feed.
- Insider previews will bring multi-device sign-ons, profile themes, and a new look.
You donâ€™t need to wait until the Xbox Series X release in November to try Microsoftâ€™s latest console interface â€” itâ€™s available on your Xbox One right now.
Microsoft is rolling out an August 2020 update for the Xbox One that will give you an idea of what the Xbox Series X interface will be. Itâ€™s not a complete overhaul, but it makes improvements to key experiences on the companyâ€™s game consoles.
Xbox Series X interface: Whatâ€™s new?
The Guide has received some of the biggest improvements. There is a cleaner interface and quicker access to utilities such as your audio settings and search. Thereâ€™s also a new notifications inbox that melds your alerts, invitations, and messages into one feed that includes content from all your Xbox apps. Parties and chats include message previews and per-person volume controls. Newcomers will get more tips to help them master the console.
The Activity Feed has been rethought as well. It focuses more on user-made content with less cluttered, more equally-weighted posts. This should help you to see friendsâ€™ screenshots and videos easily.
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Microsoft is also teasing further changes for Insider preview releases. Youâ€™ll notably have the opportunity to sign into as many Xbox devices and apps as you want. You wonâ€™t need to worry about logging into a phone to start a cloud gaming session when youâ€™ve already signed into your Xbox.
Profile Themes within the Xbox Series X interface, meanwhile, will help you quickly personalize the look of your console software. As of this week, you should also see a â€œvisual updateâ€� on the Xbox One with different tile and font appearances, among other cosmetic changes. Itâ€™s not a radical revision, Microsoft said.
This might be disappointing if you were hoping that Microsoft would use the Series X to rethink its interface. Itâ€™s a logical move for the company, mind you. This not only saves effort (potentially crucial to releasing the system on time), it provides a gentler learning curve for veteran gamers â€” you donâ€™t need to relearn the interface when you update consoles.