INTRO: As Microsoft gears up to launch the Xbox Series X (and Xbox Series S, hopefully), the company is also redesigning the Xbox UI to go with the new console. In fact, the company is aiming to unify the platform’s look across Xbox, PC, and mobile. Well, starting today, Microsoft is rolling out the Xbox UI redesign to Xbox beta testers, alongside the new August update for the Xbox UI.
First and foremost, the Xbox Guide page is now cleaner than before. Microsoft is hoping this will make it easier for players to read the information on the Guide at a glance. It also brings a new layout that makes it easier for players to go to the Dashboard, My Games, and Apps. There are buttons for notifications, search, and more at the bottom. Moreover, you will be able to customize the order that tabs appear within the Guide.
The update also brings a notification inbox. This combines alerts from your games, friends, message notifications, and everything else in one place. What’s more, this inbox will contain notifications from all Xbox apps, including the new Xbox Mobile app that’s coming out in beta soon.
The update is also bringing a much-requested feature to Parties and Chat in Xbox. You can now finally adjust individual member volumes within a Party. So the next time someone on your party has music running in the background, you can just lower their volume and carry on with your game.
The update is also making changes to the Activity feed. All posts are now of the same size, and the Activity feed now focuses more on shared content and highlights including screenshots, video clips, and more.
Later this week, Microsoft will be rolling out an update to Xbox Insiders that will give them access to the full redesign that’s coming soon. With this, they will get to try out things like the new theming options in Xbox UI, along with the ability to sign in on multiple devices at the same time.