Xbox One Alpha preview dashboard is getting a much-requested increase in pins

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Xbox dashboard (Image credit: Windows Central)

The Xbox One dashboard is in line for another major overhaul, which has already entered testing with Xbox Insiders on the Alpha ring. As is typical with these tests, Microsoft is gauging feedback from Insiders and adjusting things accordingly ahead of release.

One of the more frequent pieces of feedback relates to the number of things that can be pinned to the new dashboard's home screen, which is currently limited to 18. Now, Xbox Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra has confirmed on Twitter that that number will soon get a significant boost to 40.

In a subsequent tweet, Ybarra noted that the Xbox team's data shows that a "vast majority" of users pin fewer than 18 items to the dashboard, but many are asking for more. Indeed, if you have a library filled with dozens, if not hundreds, of games, using pins can often be the easiest way to filter through to the games or apps you want to access more frequently.

The latest Xbox Insider dashboard preview includes a slew of visual updates, including some Fluent Design flair, on the Home screen, Guide, and more. Gradual tweaks keep coming down the line, with the latest update adding some new ways to filter games that should come in handy with the Xbox One X, which is expected to launch on November 7.

There's no word on when to expect the pin limit increase, but it should filter its way to a dashboard update for Alpha Ring members soon. For more, keep an eye on Windows Central for more on the Xbox Insider Program as it's announced.

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