Saturday 17 August 2019

Video: Microsoft teases us with sneak peek at new Xbox One dashboard

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A new video from Microsoft's Major Nelson shows off some of the features of the new Xbox One dashboard ahead of its release next week.

With just over a week to go until the Xbox One sees its first major dashboard overhaul since its launch back in November 2013, gamers are eager to learn exactly what lies in wait for them - and thanks to a new video posted by Larry Hryb, better known to the Xbox world as Major Nelson, they can take a sneak peak at some of the new functionality.

Launching worldwide on November 12, the update will make some major changes to the way players interact with their Xbox One consoles, completely overhauling the previous user interface and replacing it with a much more attactive and intuitive experience.

A new focus on vertical scrolling is among the most obvious changes, with players able to make better use of their displays than ever before, and developers able to engage users with additional content right from the dashboard.

Another huge addition for gamers is the rolling out of Xbox 360 game compatibility alongside the update. Starting on November 12, players will be able to enjoy many of their favourite Xbox 360 titles simply by popping in the disc and hitting play.

Those who have purchased compatible titles digitally for their Xbox 360s will also be able to get in on the action, which even includes online multiplayer and some of the Xbox One's more advanced features, such as game recording and streaming.

A new community section promises to engage users in all new ways, while also providing an insight into the activities of your friends at all times while they're using their Xbox One consoles.

One area of the revamp that we're particularly excited to check out is the reworking of the Store. While the current version is passable, it's nowhere near as user friendly as it could be, often making it difficult to locate the titles or add-ons you're looking for.

To get an advance look at what you can expect from the update, take a look at the video below.

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