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Xbox One on-screen keyboard revamped with new Xbox Insider update

Xbox One S
Xbox One S (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft is set to debut a new Xbox Insider build for select Xbox One owners, packing a refined on-screen keyboard. Rolling out to Skip Ahead and Alpha rings of the test program, the addition falls under the console's next planned feature update, internally codenamed "19H1."

While details on the Xbox One's next OS refresh are limited, today's release focuses on a revamped virtual keyboard. Dubbed the "Mini Keyboard," its redesign aims to condense occupied screen space, paired with adaptive positioning. This allows the keyboard to "smartly" reposition itself around user interface (UI) elements, rather than the existing pop-up enveloping the screen.

This looks to be Xbox One's new "Mini Keyboard" available to select Xbox Insiders (via TheLittleMoa)

This looks to be Xbox One's new "Mini Keyboard" available to select Xbox Insiders (via TheLittleMoa)

Microsoft's prior on-screen Xbox One keyboard design, present in the current public release.

Microsoft's prior on-screen Xbox One keyboard design, present in the current public release.

The Mini Keyboard will be the default going forward, though Microsoft still plans to keep its predecessor. The previous design remains for accessibility, under Settings > Ease of Access > Magnifier > Larger Keyboard. While slated for this update, some Insiders on prior builds already have this design.

Today's update also brings tweaks to Microsoft's FastStart technology, helping optimize game downloads, with new titles and improvements. For the full changelog, check Microsoft's post to the Xbox Insider blog (opens in new tab).

Matt Brown
Matt Brown

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

4 Comments
  • This also allows for less eye travel when you're typing on screen. It isn't much, but this could definitely help speed up typing on the virtual keyboard! Now if they would give that white border a little acrylic we'd be good to go! lol
  • I cannot for the life of me work out who would think a white interface is a good idea on a TV, unless their brightness is set way down.
  • Its the light theme.
  • just keep using the dark theme... solved