First Look at New Xbox One Dashboard Update

Microsoft has revealed the first look at their upcoming Xbox One dashboard update.

The new update is designed to make the end user experience “more fun, personalized, and social.” It also includes the new ability to customize your home screen, as well as give you more choices for overall customization.

Featured above, you can view an overview video of the update with Xbox boss Larry Hryb and Xbox corporate VP Mike Ybarra.

If you’re part of the Xbox Insiders program, you can get access to Home, Guide, and Community updates starting today, as well as nab updates to Profiles, Avatars, Game Hubs, and more this fall.

Here’s the full rundown on the update, via Microsoft:

Customize 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 favorite 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 flyouts 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 center (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.

Game Bar Gets Even Better: On Windows 10, we’re making it easier than ever to enable or disable Game Mode on a per-game basis by putting a switch directly in the Game bar. Mixer broadcasting with the Game bar will now give you more choices on the audio you broadcast; a new settings option will let you choose to broadcast game-only audio, or system-wide audio.  We’ve also added a new Xbox Live Network Troubleshooting option to the Settings menu in Windows 10, which will help you track down connectivity issues and optimize your online multiplayer experience.

This is just the beginning of some major updates arriving for Xbox gamers later this year.  We’ll be introducing plenty of new features in the coming months across Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Mixer, and mobile devices designed to make your gaming experiences all about you. As always, we owe some big thanks for all the fan feedback we receive and review from gamers everywhere, as well as to the invaluable members of our Xbox Insider Program for all the feedback they provide regularly. We’ll be sharing more when the update releases to more fans later this year. The team has worked hard, and we hope you enjoy these latest updates to your Xbox One experience! And of course, don’t forget to tell us what you think.

Brandon Orselli


Big Papa Overlord at Niche Gamer. Italian. Dad. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. I also write about music, food, & beer. Also an IT guy.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    Don’t miss out on great anime deals
    Do miss out on Xbone

  • Skate or Die

    Cool! My $300 Killer Instinct machine could use a good dusting.

  • Feniks

    Now with even more ads!

    Ofcourse if you’re American you’ll be used to all the advertising you are brainwashed with.

  • DwightParkman

    cool! … oh right no games, right.

  • Fabio

    Ah yes, the no games meme. Because only PS exclusives matter.

    Cmon guys.. we’re better than this

  • Makoto

    More than 50% of the Home screen items are actually ads or suggestions… and total “modern UI” waste of space with these boxes nonsense (like text to be scrolled in a tiny box on an empty screen…), get rid of it already MS.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    Oh for f*ck sake, Microsoft. Just leave it alone already. I’ve only just got used to the last update.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    “Because only PS exclusives matter.”
    No one said that, but exclusives do matter (not just PS) and MS has chosen to forgo them now, so there’s very little reason for many to get an X1.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    Yeah let’s not bully up on Xbone the console that wanted to permafuck this industry with it’s terrible DRM vision. Xbone gets what it deserves.

  • passthegrenadeplease

    I have a xbox one and I got a good chuckle out of this one, thanks for tickling my funny bone.

  • Fabio

    Those DRM restrictions, though never implemented, were an almost exact copy of the ones used by Steam. Sony just took advantage of it to write a “saviour” narrative. It’s not a first for Sony.

    Also, do remember almost all Xbox higher ups were fired at the time, this is effectively a different team, one that has been pro consumer for the past years now.

    Your hate is baseless at this point. But it’s your opinion

  • Fabio

    It still has some good exclusive games.
    Having less exclusives doesn’t mean it has none.

    Its best to enjoy games as a whole, instead of going at a console just because you bought the other one

  • totenglocke

    It has games, but other than a handful of launch titles, it doesn’t have any exclusives. There’s no reason to buy an Xbox.

  • totenglocke

    Steam doesn’t sell physical games. Thanks for outing yourself as a MS fanboy.

  • totenglocke

    And people can play just about every game available on Xbox, plus many more, on other platforms. You’re projecting because you’re mad you bought an Xbox. ☺️

  • Fabio

    I’ve bought almost every major console that ever came out, don’t really feel your point there buddy..

  • Fabio

    Yes you can buy Steam games on disc, and no you can’t borrow them to a friend.
    The suggested DRM for Xbox was cancer, I’m not defending it at all. But so is Steam.

  • totenglocke

    Being able to redeem a physical copy on Steam is not ‘buying a Steam game on disc”. Jesus, you literally don’t even understand that PC games exist outside of Steam. I buy the majority of my games through GOG because I’m opposed to DRM, but your argument is still horribly inaccurate.

  • totenglocke

    Then why are you masturbating so hard to Xbox when there’s no reason to buy one anymore?

  • Fabio

    I’m…not. Tho you would love to watch I’m sure :^)

  • Fabio

    No it isn’t. I wasn’t talkig about PC games, I was talking about Steam specifically. I think I should know a bit about computers since I’ve been PC gaming since the Pentium 3s, but what do I know right

  • totenglocke

    So you’re like 20? 😂 Jesus, kid. Give it a break, you’re just embarrassing yourself.

  • Ruggarell

    Shit UI
    Shit exclusive library
    Big as fuck and ugly
    Inferior versions of multiplats
    No Japanese games whatsoever

    Only retards bought any version of the Xbone.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    And that shit can easily be cracked on PC/Steam this was never a guarantee on consoles so you’re whataboutism here is pointless even if Steam users are weak for not fighting it and worshiping Gabe like Santa Jesus, MS and many publishers wanted to evolve Project Ten Dollar into it’s ultimate form to kill preowned games, Sony was offered a place at the table but saw it for what it was, pants on head retarded and decided to not only to back out but to publicly bitchslap MS into killing the idea entirely.

    Xbox higher ups might be gone but do you think they were the brains solely behind the DRM? MS loves DRM and controlling consumers, even Xbone’s vision of being the best set top box ever (which is another thing that fucked it over) comes directly from a long running initiative that predates even the original Xbox.

  • Fabio

    Nice blog bro

  • Fabio

    20? What?
    I’m going to assume you’re trolling, nobody is this dumb

  • Luis Diaz

    … or people who may just prefer Xbox.