Xbox updates follow one another for members of the Xbox Insiders program, and the console interface also evolves. Unfortunately, this one still does not seem to the taste of the players and one wonders if Microsoft is listening to the feedback.
A new Xbox dashboard rolling out this week
It was last September that Microsoft announced a new Xbox dashboard for 2023. The novelty is that the brand has planned to give access to this new interface to Xbox Insiders members so that they can provide feedback. The goal for Microsoft is to collect feedback from its customers to refine the dashboard until next year.
The very first image unveiled for this new interface had not really been welcomed with open arms and very quickly, negative feedback about it was legion on social networks. During a survey carried out on the Xboxygen Twitter, many of you preferred other concepts than the one imagined by Microsoft.
In the verbatims, you asked for an interface that was less cluttered, more readable, more airy and with fewer advertisements. But that’s still not the path this new UI is taking, including in the latest update rolling out to Alpha Skip-Ahead rank Insiders this October 26th.
However, Microsoft says it has used player feedback to offer new features, but it is clear that the modified elements are not really those imagined by the community.
Is player feedback really taken into account?
In a message published this week, Microsoft teams say they read all member feedback to build the future console interface.
As we head into month two of the multi-month Experience Series, we want to thank all of the selected Xbox Insiders for the feedback you’ve shared with us. We read your feedback every morning and use it and these experiences to help us determine what features to build and how to design a more personal homepage experience.
Based on the feedback we’ve heard from you, we have some other experiences for you to try and share your thoughts. Starting this week, all Skip-Ahead Alpha Rank users and a random subset of Alpha Rank users will be able to add their top two groups to Home, along with their top 10 games and media to watch and watch. listen on your consoles. We can’t wait to hear what you think of these updated features!
When we look at the feedback that you have given us in the past as well as those that emanate from this new update, there is still a significant gap between the community’s requests and the interface imagined by Microsoft.
Once again, many messages point to an interface that is much too busy, too rich, and which includes many elements deemed useless. And it is true that there are always many blocks that aim to promote diverse and varied content and that are closer to advertising rather than really useful content to navigate easily.
Xbox user Mik29 summed up what many gamers are pointing out yesterday: “The new #Xbox dashboard is awful. I can no longer pin my favorite games, friends and clubs to the homepage, nor can I remove ads to simplify my homepage. »
The new #Xbox dashboard is awful. Its one big advert and worst yet its removed all customizable options so I can’t pin my favorite Games, Friends and Clubs to the home page anymore nor can i remove any of the adverts to simplify my home page. @Xbox This isn’t good. pic.twitter.com/F9jP9saALq
— 🐙Ⓜ️ik29🏴☠️🐙 (@XboxMik29) October 27, 2022
Xbox Dynamic Themes Are No Use If They’re Not Visible
We often read that the Xbox interface is much too busy and does not leave enough room for the background image. And the latest feedback from players still complains about the thing. Many wonder what use dynamic themes are if the image displayed behind is hidden by all the blocks found on it.
More than half of the screen is now occupied by the various blocks, and the most interesting part of the background image is completely hidden by them.
The theme Vs what you actually see on Xbox dashboard pic.twitter.com/SdNmU9czG2
— mcquack306 (@mcquack306) October 27, 2022
We have verified that this new version of the Xbox dashboard hides the wallpaper image even more, which was precisely one of the main complaints made by players the first time around. For the moment, we wonder if the feedback from the community is really taken into account or if only a few minor changes will finally be made to this interface next year to give more and more space to ads.