Microsoft Provides a First Peek at Windows 10 on Xbox One

Thurrott: Microsoft has announced that the “new Xbox One experience”–i.e. the Dashboard update that includes Windows 10 underpinnings–has begun rolling out to Xbox Preview Program participants. Here’s what you can expect.

First, this is an early release, and it’s likely that things will evolve before the public release, which is set for the November system update. And while Microsoft has clearly been over-selling the Windows 10 stuff here, the Xbox team just refers to this as “the new Xbox One Experience,” which is a pretty terrible name in its own right.

What this thing is, really, is a monthly system update that also happens to include a Dashboard UX (user experience) overhaul. This is something that Microsoft did a number of times over the lifetime of the Xbox 360, but this is the first major UX change to Xbox One.

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Eonjay849d ago (Edited 849d ago )

Well it looks a hell of a lot better than the Windows 8 metro design. And the home screen seems a lot less cluttered. Those two pieces right there make this a worthwhile redesign.

Black0ut849d ago

I agree. Definitely looks a whole lot better (I don't dislike the current layout but I don't love it either).

Looking forward to the full release =)

freshslicepizza849d ago

are xbox one owners able to customize their own layout? that is what all the console makers should allow its users to do. on windows 10 you can get rid of some tiles, or make them smaller or bigger. move them around and so on. you can also change your background image to whatever you want.

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TheCommentator849d ago

Win10 on XB1 will also enable WDDM 2.0 and with it, several new GCN capabilities fo devs to take advantage of. Win10 will help XB1 as much as DX12 on its' own because they were desgned to work together.

Eonjay849d ago

WDDM 2.0 is an updated graphics driver in windows 10 that allows for virtual memory addressing for GPUs that support it. The purpose is to reduce CPU utilization and kernel overhead. DX12 require this and its basically what allows the API to grant lower level management to developers. This is different from the past as it will require developers to manage their own memory.

Ghost_of_Tsushima849d ago (Edited 849d ago )

Looks great and fast. Can't wait to get enrolled into the NXOE. I noticed when you snap achievements it's still slow as molasses. Good thing they're completely revamping them also soon. I also like the new profile are. The avatars are back there also. So far looking really good.

I just wish they would change the Xbox button where one press would take you to the quick menu and twice to the dasboard. I hate double pressing to do the most needed things and especially when taking a screenshot. Half the time I end up back to the dasboard on accident.

The last thing I'd like is an area like Miiverse.

UncleJerry849d ago

Good points about the xbox button. I think the whole redesign looks great and as long as the snap stuff is faster i'll be happy just based on that. But they should start to include some basic customization options for those of us who would prefer certain double tap to dash and single tap fro quick menu.

Julion0715849d ago

Submit that info to ms through the preview app

optimus849d ago

Well i can. I did the preview program twice on the 360 and although it comes with a lot of new things it is often riddled with bugs that you just can't avoid. It's not like you can opt out of it either. I'd rather get it when it's finalized for full release. Great, for those that want to test it out beforehand. Glad there is less loading times between screens now.

ThePope849d ago

You can opt out of it. In fact by default the all preview members are opted out. You have to opt in to,get it.

optimus849d ago

@thepope... I'm talking about once you get it there is no turning back. You're stuck with it until they release the official version.

Ghost_of_Tsushima849d ago


"I'm talking about once you get it there is no turning back. You're stuck with it until they release the official version."

You can revert back but you have to reboot the system meaning you lose everything and have to download all your stuff again.

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optimus848d ago

Well i was basing it on my experiences on the 360. I guess they changed it for the xbox one since i wasn't aware you can save apps on an external drive.

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Paytaa849d ago

Can't wait for all the kinks to be sorted out and for this to be released. Funny how much Xbox One has changed since November 2013. This behemoth of an update drops at the perfect time with all the new great games coming out (Halo 5, Fallout 4, Rise of The Tomb Raider, Battlefront, Forza 6, etc.)

Julion0715849d ago

Does anyone have the update yet?

Ghost_of_Tsushima849d ago (Edited 849d ago )

I think very few got in the first wave. I heard they're doing two updates a week Tuesday and Friday and maybe sending out more invites at the same time. Like I said though that's what I heard so don't hold me to it.

Julion0715849d ago

Thanks for replying bro. I have a lot of ppl I know in the preview program and none of us got it yet, ms wasn't playing when they said its limited/rolling out slow

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