Xbox One gets a fresh new look with the February 2020 update. The top navigation bar at the top is no more; as users will now have rows on the left side that will have dedicated to Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community, and Microsoft Store. These options are also completely customizable.
Jonathan Hildebrandt, Principal Program Manager Lead, Xbox Experience says “The community feedback since we began testing these Home improvements last year has proven invaluable to building an experience that feels more responsive, keeps your favorite content front and center, and gets you into your gaming experiences faster than ever.”
The My Games & Apps section also get some attention, with improvements being made in how users can organize all of their software. Grouping of games and apps will now be easier than before, and labels will help demos and game trials more manageable. The experience for interacting with all of your games and apps is also more streamlined.
Another User Interface change comes in letting users control where notifications appear on screen. There are six positions to choose from if the default position isn’t working for you. However, Xbox is giving game developers some leeway in this regard so that they can place notifications where they see fit.
After using the new interface earlier today, it’s definitely feeling snappier. I’ve been feeling a lot of frustration lately with just how slow the interface was when trying to navigate to separate sections. Considering the Xbox One has some decent horsepower under the hood, it always felt wrong for the interface to feel that glacial.
There’s also a sense of getting a brand-new machine when the changes are this big. It harkens back to the massive changes the Xbox 360 got as they rolled out updates throughout its life. It’s nice to see them work to improve the current console with Xbox Series X on the horizon.
There are also a few other improvements when it comes messaging, Mixer and management of game installs. To get the full rundown of all of these changes check out the full blog post from Xbox here.