I don’t know about you, but I actually like the Xbox One interface and can’t wait to see what Microsoft has in store for the Xbox Series X|S user interface. The Xbox One UI is simplistic, extremely easy to use, and customizable, allowing users to organize their screen to suit them. The blade-style slide-out is mildly reminiscent of the Xbox 360 UI but with a much more updated feel. Everything from notifications, friend lists, and settings are all at your fingertips including access to the various game “Clubs.” Side note: Does anyone really use the Clubs? Maybe I am missing something but maybe someone can explain it to me.
Now you’re probably saying, “Didn’t this shmuck say something about the Xbox Series X|S interface? Why is he rambling about the Xbox One!?” Sorry, back on track… Normally when a new console comes out, everything from the hardware to the software gets a complete revamp. It’s no shock that both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S units got major redesigns, so you’d expect that they would also revamp the software/UI. Undoubtedly, under the hood of both units, the software has been re-written to handle amd work seamlessly with the new hardware, but what about the front end… specifically, the user interface?
If you recall, back in August Microsoft revealed their “unified Xbox UI” that will be used on all their platforms including PC, mobile, and the Xbox line. That update referenced back in August is now available for all to enjoy. I’ve been using it for some time as an Xbox Insider and it’s great! That’s not the point of this post though.
My point or dilemma is, am I the only one or is anyone else bothered or upset about the fact that when you load up your Xbox Series X|S on November 10th it’ll look no different (UI wise) than the Xbox One X interface that you currently have? I mean, granted, why fix what isn’t broken right? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel, aside from incredibly beautiful graphics and speed, that it’ll feel like that new feeling will not be the same and as fresh as it would be with new hardware and new UI.
I know this is a first-world problem, especially given the fact we use these consoles to play games and not to stare at the UI, but shouldn’t we have something new and “revolutionary?” With all the backward compatible Xbox games and the old interface, will this console feel new at all? Even the new Xbox Series X|S controller is the same with the exception of the new “Share” button.
Am I over thinking the Xbox Series X|S user interface? What do you folks think?