The new Microsoft Store for Xbox consoles is now available to everyone, China coming later

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Microsoft Store Xbox Image (Image credit: Xbox)

What you need to know

  • The Microsoft Store on Xbox has been notorious in the past for its bland design and slow loading times.
  • Xbox rebuilt the Microsoft Store on Xbox from the ground up, with an all-new design and significantly better performance.
  • The new Store has been in testing by Xbox Insiders for a while now, and has gradually rolled out to more users.
  • Now the new Microsoft Store on Xbox is widely available to all gamers, with the China market coming later this month.

After several weeks of testing, the new Microsoft Store on Xbox has been deemed ready for official release. Today, Xbox announced that the new Microsoft Store on Xbox is rolling out to everyone, bringing all Xbox gamers a fresher, considerably faster interface in which to buy games, movies, and more from one location. The China market isn't getting the new Store quite yet, but it should be coming by the end of the month.

The new Microsoft Store on Xbox loads signficantly faster than the previous Store, up to 2x according to Xbox, and features an all-new design language with updated animations, typography, iconography, rounded corners, and in general a completely different layout. Overall the Store feels like a huge improvement, and seems more reliable and easier to get around. And this new Store is optimized for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and should run even better on Microsoft's next-gen consoles, which launch November 10, 2020.

Have you gotten the new Microsoft Store on Xbox yet? How do you feel about the update? Let us know in the comments below!

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