Microsoft Fluent Design Update Coming To Xbox Insiders Tonight

We all know Microsoft likes to change its looks from time-to-time. The Xbox 360 dashboard looked vastly different by the end of its cycle and the Xbox One has certainly changed it’s layout over the last few years. And now, that time is approaching once more with the aim of bringing a speedier, sleeker looking design to the dashboard.

Major Nelson has posted on his blog this evening that the new Microsoft Fluent Design for Xbox will be rolling out to Xbox Insiders tonight, but only to those that are in the Alpha preview ring. Below are the features that will be brought over with this new major update:

  • Customise Your Home – The first thing Insiders will notice is the new Home on Xbox One. This update is all about personalization; we’re putting the control in your hands, so that you can decide what to see when you turn on your console. The new look and feel is part of a design system called Microsoft Fluent Design; the look, feel, and movement of the dashboard has been updated to focus on speed, customization and expression—for you. Now, customize your Home screen to be uniquely yours, and view all the things you love at-a-glance. Have a favourite game or friend? Add them to Home!  Select one, press the Menu button on your controller, and select “Add to Home.”  This now creates an entire block of content that can be moved up or down—or removed altogether, should your interests or habits change. These blocks will evolve over time based on the things you like to do. For example, adding a game to your Home screen may pull in an Activity Feed post from the developer, show when your friends are playing that game online, suggest your next Achievement, and provide a quick shortcut to the Game Hub for that title. We’ll be adding additional types of content blocks in the coming months, so stay tuned for more. The team is always pushing to make the Xbox experience faster and faster. In this release, we’ve eliminated the wait between Home, Social, and My Games and Apps by consolidating them into one dashboard experience. No more splash screens means you get to fun even faster.
  • Effortless Guide Navigation – With this update, it’s faster than ever to switch between tabs in the guide so you can join friends, broadcast, switch between apps, and get back Home. New tab fly outs make it easier to see more content quickly, too. The new Guide layout quickly gets you to the stuff you care about, so you never miss a moment. It’s now even easier to switch between apps or get back to Home, and the new layout will enable you to quickly jump to different tabs using the left thumbstick, d-pad, or bumpers on your controller. Sign-in, Achievements, multiplayer (including parties, Looking for Group, and tournaments), People, Home and recent messages, broadcasts and captures, and a new action centre (including settings) each have their own tab in the new Guide.
  • A More Immersive Community – Staying connected with Friends and Clubs is now better than ever. The community section has an entirely new Activity Feed layout, showing more content at-a-glance.  When looking at feed items in detail, they are presented in an immersive, full-screen view—sharing the experience just as it was captured.  Reading comments is now much easier since the comment window can be expanded to fill the screen. You’ll now be able to skim the feed quickly or lean back on the couch and walk through it in detail – it’s entirely up to you. This makes it easier than ever to stay current with the games and friends you care about. Game Hubs, Profiles, and Clubs are also refreshed to make them more dynamic and engaging than ever before.  We’re also making Improvements to Club discovery, to quickly display which Clubs you’re already a part of, and easily discover new Clubs to join.  There will also be new titles that will be coming to Arena over the next few months, soon offering even more options for tournaments powered by Xbox Live.

You can also check out the video below where Mike Ybarra, Vice President of Xbox Platform Engineering goes through a few of the new features you’ll find in this new update.

At the time of writing, the update has yet to be rolled out to Alpha Ring Insiders, but expect an update when you turn on your consoles on the morrow.

What do you think to Microsoft’s new Fluent Design system? Would you rather Microsoft kept the old dashboard layout or would you rather have an option to choose between the old and new designs? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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