Microsoft began testing a new Xbox Home Interface last year that will be released in 2023, but fans have been disappointed with the aging tiled Interface that does nothing to showcase the console’s dynamic backgrounds and wallpapers. The new Xbox Home Interface began to feel like a giant Xbox Game Pass advertisement, and Microsoft is now admitting that it is a little crowded.
“We heard from you that the changes to the top of Home did not leave enough space for you to enjoy your backgrounds and that it felt crowded,” says Ivy Krislov, senior product manager lead of Xbox experiences, in a blog post. “We’re working to balance the experience, accessibility, function, and the needs of our community and bring you a great and refreshed Home experience.”
Microsoft is now removing the new Xbox Home Interface for testers and pausing the experiment to prepare for larger changes. According to Krislov, the Xbox team will reveal more information about the new Xbox Home Interface soon. “Thank you for all the feedback you’ve shared. It’s a key part of our process, and our team is working hard to incorporate it into the experience and get it to you to use,” says Krislov.
Well it’s not like the new Xbox Home Interface was anything special in the first place, and let’s hope that we see something similar to something amazing like we have seen from many fan concepts.
It’s heartening to see Microsoft respond to criticism and fan feedback about this section of the Xbox dashboard. Microsoft has redesigned the Xbox dashboard numerous times over the last decade, but it now feels like it’s in a good place and only needs a refreshed Xbox Home Interface and some improvements to the Xbox DVR feature to feel more complete.
Over the last few years, Microsoft has added some truly useful features to its Xbox dashboard, such as Discord integration, a night mode, a 4K dashboard, and some excellent energy-saving power options.