- The August 2020 Xbox One Replace is right here with enhancements to Information.
- It’s even simpler to attach with your pals (messages, events, quantity sliders).
- The brand new Xbox feel and appear begins rolling out to Xbox Insiders at this time, together with adjustments to profiles and sign-in.
Final week Chris Novak, Head of Xbox Analysis and Design, shared our imaginative and prescient of a unified Xbox Expertise that places players on the heart, enabling them to remain related to their video games, buddies and communities. It’s a imaginative and prescient we have now been constructing towards for over a 12 months, culminating with the discharge of Xbox Sequence X this November.
The August Xbox 2020 Replace is the subsequent step on that journey and is rolling out quickly to all clients. It contains a wide range of enhancements, together with greater adjustments like a brand new touchdown web page for the Xbox Information, to smaller, extra delicate enhancements like particular person quantity sliders for get together members.
Right this moment additionally marks the primary time that a few of it is possible for you to to expertise the brand new Xbox expertise yourselves with a few of the options Chris talked about final week turning into out there for Xbox Insiders. Let’s dig in!
We took the first steps to replace the Xbox Information in Might, simplifying the structure to make it simpler for players to make use of. Since then, we’ve been refining it based mostly in your suggestions, and applied the next:
Improved Touchdown Web page
The brand new Information touchdown web page is designed to be cleaner and simpler to learn at-a-glance. The structure makes it simpler to navigate between the newest belongings you have been doing, the Dashboard, and My Video games and Apps. For these of you who need to customise the Information, you’ll have the choice to vary the order of the tabs that present up. We’ve additionally added buttons to the underside of the web page for essential utilities like notifications, search, and audio settings, making it simpler to entry them from wherever you might be.
Join with your pals
Talking of notifications, the August replace features a new notifications inbox, simply accessed by clicking the notification bell on the underside of the Information. This inbox combines all of your alerts, recreation invitations and message notifications right into a single feed. Better of all, the inbox contains notifications from throughout all Xbox apps, together with the brand new Xbox cell app that we’ll introduce into beta quickly. Appearing on a notification in a single place clears it all over the place, that means you’ll at all times be updated!
Events and Chats made straightforward
In June Events and Chat have been mixed right into a single tab, making it simpler to speak with your pals and fellow players. We’ve continued to enhance this expertise to make it extra helpful, with the addition of a preview of the textual content in your new messages. We’ve additionally added a continuously requested function – particular person quantity controls for every get together member!
Extra suggestions and tips for brand new Xbox players
Lastly, we additionally aimed to enhance the Information expertise for first-time players. Information pages are actually simpler to learn and perceive, and shortcuts and button instructions are extra constant. We’ve added hints tailor-made for brand new clients, serving to them perceive the aim of every web page, and the way to get began utilizing it.
New Exercise Feed look
With the brand new Xbox expertise we additionally got down to rethink how group and recreation builders’ content material is displayed on Xbox. We wish the main focus to be on the content material being shared and spotlight the superior screenshots, videoclips and posts gamers create.
You’ll discover all posts shared on Xbox are actually the identical dimension: no extra guessing on how they’ll present up within the Neighborhood or Membership pages. We now have made enhancements within the Sport, Folks and Neighborhood Content material Blocks on Residence, videoclips auto-play, discount of metadata over posts and show of engagement counts. We now have additionally launched shortcuts for simpler engagement with the publish and for simpler discovery of gamers and video games the publish pertains to.
Coming Quickly for Xbox Insiders
We wouldn’t have been capable of ship the options above with out the assistance of our Xbox Insiders. The suggestions, ideas and bug studies guarantee we’re at all times delivering the very best product for everybody. Not solely is the August replace stay this week for everybody, however this month our Xbox Insiders are additionally getting the primary likelihood to play with some upcoming new options that you simply’ll see under.
A contemporary feel and appear
All of the methods you employ Xbox ought to really feel inviting and acquainted, whether or not you might be on the sofa enjoyable or streaming your favourite recreation on the go. We’ve been updating the visible look of our apps throughout cellphone and PC for the previous 12 months, and now it’s console’s flip.
Beginning this week Insiders will probably be receiving a visible replace to their Xbox One consoles to raised match our different experiences on the PC and cell units. This contains some adjustments to our tile form, fonts, and focus indicator throughout the expertise. Nonetheless, the general structure of a lot of the pages won’t be drastically altering, so that you don’t need to study a complete new UI when Xbox Sequence X launches.
Specific your self with Profile Themes
Consumer Profiles on Xbox are an essential a part of our group expertise: they’re one of many high locations on console, and your profile must be an area so that you can specific your self via customization.
It is possible for you to to pick out from a number of completely different Themes to your profile once we begin flighting this function, together with some recreation Themes from Xbox Sport Studios – and extra will probably be added extra over time!
Profile Themes are additionally out there within the Xbox App on PC and thru Sport Bar.
Sign up on a number of units
Earlier this month, we introduced that cloud gaming was coming to the Sport Go app on Android, and the fan response has been superb. 1000’s of players have performed titles like Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon four on their telephones. Avid gamers with an Xbox have loved their saved video games seamlessly roaming between the cloud and their console, choosing up the place they left off regardless of the place they select to play.
To make that have much more seamless, we’re making some adjustments to the way in which you sign up on Xbox. It is possible for you to to sign up on as many Xboxes or Xbox Apps as you need, all on the similar time. Now you need to use your Xbox console as a lot as you need for different watching films, utilizing apps, chatting with buddies, and extra. In terms of video games, you’ll be capable of play on one gadget at a time so all of your progress, achievements and saves keep updated and synced whichever gadget you select to play on.
Need to use your console upstairs whereas your roommate makes use of the Xbox in the lounge to look at TV? Perhaps check out the newest cloud gaming recreation whereas watching a film with the household? We wish you to have the liberty to decide on.
If you need a better have a look at all of those updates, the group walked via them on Main Nelson’s video podcast – take a look at the video above and here.
Extra to return
We’re wanting ahead to your suggestions as we proceed to roll out the brand new, unified expertise on Xbox One and Xbox Sequence X consoles. All of the updates to the Xbox ecosystem are constructed to maintain the gamer on the heart of your entire expertise – keep tuned for extra.