The new Xbox dashboard is here for Alpha Ring insiders: here's what's new and what's broken

If you're in the Alpha ring, you're in for a fun time!

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DARK_WOLF341d ago (Edited 341d ago )

I really like all the changes to the guide and menus ect but im really not a fan of the main homescreen with suggested friends and other crap im NEVER going to click on and that big grey bar.

Hopefully it improves before release from all the feedback theyl be getting.

It looks super fast too which is great!

LandoCalrissiano341d ago

Usually I agree. I'm very anti ad/suggestion. Takes space and resources to load that up. However, for the first time, I've used the ads, suggestions and trials that have popped up on the Xbox. Surprised even myself. So for the most part, I agree, however, I've never been this integrated into news, topics, sales, etc.
Yeah I saw a sample of it, seems like they made it peppy! MS has some crazy engineers if they can continue to find ways to speed up software. Like, you'd think at some point there'd have to be a limit you can do without changing hardware, but speeding up your old hardware without creating more problems than you're solving? That's challenging. Kudos.

UnHoly_One341d ago

I'm surprised I'm reading so many positive comments.

Have you all used it or just seen the videos?

Because I used it last night and it's the worst UI I've ever used. I hate practically every change they made.

The home screen itself is about 75% wasted space now, the guide, while faster to open up to things, requires more button presses and more navigating around to get to the same things. It opens little windows on top of windows when accessing some things now, and it's terrible.

The activity feed looks like facebook's worst nightmare. Instead of one column of equally sized boxes, descending by time as you go backwards, now it is boxes of different sizes, in rows that are all pressed together and it is really hard to follow.

The one positive thing I can say is they made the settings screen look a little cleaner.

And yes, it is faster overall, but the amount of wasted space and extra steps to do the same things kind of cancels out some of the speed.

x_xavier_x341d ago (Edited 341d ago )


"the worst UI I've ever used"

See, you blew it right there. No one is going to take you seriously if you insist on using such hyperbolic bunk. I's the internet. Everything just HAS TO BE the absolute best or unadulterated worst. But perhaps you could try to be a bit less biased in you assessment. Because you're not doing yourself any favors by making such ludicrous statements.

UnHoly_One339d ago

I'm not exaggerating, it's the worst I've ever used.

If you are in the insider program, go the forums and look at the nearly 100% negative feedback it has gotten so far.

I'm not the only one that thinks it is terrible.

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mark_parch341d ago

totally agree love the changed to the guide but they definitely need to take some things off the home screen like suggested friends and activities . just give us what we have recently been playing and 1 ad preferably discounted games

JeffGUNZ341d ago

Good, the last year or so the speed has been an issue.

Christopher341d ago (Edited 341d ago )

All that wasted space on the home page... Just annoying and a huge step backwards for me. Home page is the most important one, you should be improving it, not failing to utilize it.

Edit: and the speed hasn't been an issue for ages. Don't know why people are so fixated on immediate results when the focus should be on better organization and more organic navigation.

Christopher341d ago

This guy's mock up from Reddit today of the home page is exactly what I would love to see:

I have no clue why they hid the sidebar and require the Xbox button to view it now.

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Sonic_Vs_Mario342d ago

Phil Spencer was right. The new fluent design is alot faster than Xbox One old UI, miles faster than PlayStation 4 UI definitely. Everything is in the guide as well.

Christopher341d ago

Faster, but with more clicks needed to do things before in many cases.

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ichdich341d ago

Its a lot faster then PS4 UI now

LexHazard79341d ago

yes it looks that way. But how when it seems as tho Xbox UI has alot more going on. Anyway glad the new one is faster.

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