Latest Xbox Insider update brings Microsoft Fluent Design to console

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The Xbox One Home screen is getting its first major refresh since 2015 with a UI that’s customizable through the use of Microsoft Fluent Design.

The latest Xbox Insider update for those on the Alpha Ring is here and brings home screen customization by way of Microsoft Fluent Design. The last time the Xbox One saw a major update to the interface was back in 2015 with the New Xbox One Experience and the new update preview is as much of a different interface as the NXOE was to the previous one.

Take a peek at the new interface in the video below.

As you can see, the layout is drastically different and I had the chance to check it out briefly last night. It was definitely a bit of a shock to the system logging in and seeing such a different interface. The main image is now gone and the interface feels much more minimal. You can choose to add or remove sections from your Home screen by way of a delete button in the upper right of the section or by selecting the “Add to Home” button under a game, app, or person’s options. Once the block has been added, you can move it up or down to choose which order your favourite sections, games, or friends appear.

Another major update is the presentation of the overlay menu when the Xbox Home button is pressed on your controller. While the overlay is still on the left hand side of the screen, instead of displaying a thin stacked list of icons, the icons now appear at the top of a wider, expanded bar. Noticeably missing is the comments/activity icon as the content there is now under the communication icon, bundled with messages.

Other changes include a new Activity Feed layout in the community section, a refresh to Game Hubs, Profiles, and Clubs, and the ability to expand the comment window to cover the entire screen. New features and additional functionality have also been added directly to the Game Bar in Windows 10 as well.

I’ll definitely have to dive into it some more. Currently, though, I like it one moment and dislike it the next. As it’s probably not going anywhere and will presumably be rolling out to all users at some point this year, it’s something I’m just going to have to get used to.

Are you an Xbox Insider Alpha Ring member? Have you had a chance to play around with the latest update? What do you think of the simplified, yet customizable, layout? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Major Nelson
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