Revamped Xbox One home screen layout coming soon
It's to the point.
What you need to know
- Microsoft continues to update the Xbox One interface.
- Today, the firm announced a new home screen layout for the console.
- It's rolling out to select Alpha and Alpha - Skip Ahead members of the Xbox Insider Program this week.
- Expect a wider rollout in the months ahead.
Updated July 24, 2019: Microsoft clarified that the Xbox One's built-in non-Cortana commands will still work, like "Xbox On" and others. Only Cortana is being removed. Xbox's Harrison Hoffman confirmed this.
"Xbox, on" style commands, via the Kinect, are still supported."Xbox, on" style commands, via the Kinect, are still supported.— Harrison Hoffman (@harrisonhoffman) July 24, 2019July 24, 2019
Ever since the Xbox One launched in 2013, Microsoft has continued to iterate on the software. While it was initially slow and quite buggy, now it's stable and packed with features. Despite the fact that the company's next console, Project Scarlett, is coming out in Holiday 2020, that hasn't stopped the team from working on the Xbox One.
Today on Xbox Wire, Xbox Insider Team Lead Bradley Rossetti said that a new home screen layout is coming to the console, along with updated voice commands. The new layout looks sleek and should speed up the interface. You can read about all the changes below.
It's great to see that the home screen is getting transformed. However, there are other changes coming to voice commands. Cortana will live in the cloud from now on, so you won't be able to talk to her through a headset or Kinect. Instead, you'll have to use the app or Xbox Skill for Cortana for Amazon Alexa devices.
While the home screen layout will probably receive a thunderous response, many gamers may not be happy with the fact that Cortana isn't directly accessible on their consoles. What do you think of these changes? Let us know.
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