“No, You Can’t Have Blades Back”

Xbox product manager Ivy Kryslov recently joined Larry Hryb on the official Xbox podcast to discuss the new Xbox Home experience that’s being tested by Xbox Insider, and how it saw Hryb close the door on the return of the Blade UI. saw.

Microsoft launched The first iteration of your brand new Xbox home screen Recently to select Xbox Insiders, although it will not be fully implemented until 2023. Xbox product manager Ivar Krislov joined Larry Herb, AKA Major Nelson, to discuss the new “home experience.” Official Xbox Podcast, If you’re not a fan of the current UI being tested, you might be pleased to know that there are two other versions yet to be tested, but it looks like only the bottom of the screen will be replaced – and we’re sure. The blades that have been won by form do not look back.

Microsoft has two additional Xbox Dashboard variations to test

“No, you can’t have the blades back,” said Hrib. “They were lovely, they were cool, but you can’t take them back because they don’t scale, which is what we want to do, as we say in business.” The ‘Blade’ dashboard originally shipped with the first Xbox 360 in 2005 and displayed the console’s menus on separate tabs from a pair of Silver Blades that popped ‘whoosh’ whenever you flipped through them. ‘ A sound is produced. To this day, it’s one of the most distinctive things that made the console great.

The new Home experience, while the Blade isn’t included, is designed to give you everything you need on one screen when booting up the console, while scrolling down to buy Xbox Game Pass titles and other games. Various curated lists will emerge. The idea is to streamline your browsing experience, such as pulling up the Store, Settings, and Search pages and placing them front and center on the dashboard. “We really consider it an evolution of the current home,” Kryslov said. “Taking a lot of things we did well before and building on them.”

Microsoft’s engineering team has been laying the groundwork for this update for the past year, streamlining feedback processes for Xbox Insiders. “Something that a lot of Xbox fans may not know is, typically, it can take us three months to test really small features,” Krislov said. “Our hope is that by building this infrastructure we can test stuff, get your feedback, iterate, and get back to you with something better.”

The current version being tested by Insiders is the first of three planned Dashboard versions, and Kryslov’s team doesn’t expect a final version to be ready until “the end of this calendar year”, so much based on that time. Feedback may change — “The feedback we’ve got so far with testing is that the top line is blurring the dynamic background a bit more than some clients,” Kryslov said. “We have set up a meeting for tomorrow (September 17) to look at all that feedback.”

Discussing what’s shown when you scroll down to the home page, Krislov notes that “Today, most customers have their default content blocks, such as Store, Community, etc. game passetc., and then they’ll probably have one or two pinned games they really care about.” Other content blocks like Clubs and Friends are used far less frequently, and the bottom half of the dashboard isn’t used by most people. Because of this, Microsoft wants to make better use of space.

“People often don’t scroll down because they’re going to jump right into the game from the top of the home, which makes perfect sense,” Krislov said. “We started building the infrastructure where we can put different game channels in front of the customer with curation, with personalization, and with customization. As we move through these trials, which are now We are in the first one but we have planned two more, [we’ll be] For example, for customers who use their console to watch TV, we’re adding different content types, we’re adding a media experience — one of the most common pinned groups of people on Home are apps like these. Pinning with whom they want to watch TV. ,

The next Dashboard test is planned to roll out to Xbox Insiders in October, so we’ll look at the changes the team has then implemented based on feedback from the Insider Program. We recently wrote about some of these Fan-built concept pieces of other dashboard variants And ran a poll to see what you think of the Microsoft one that’s currently being tested. Of the 1,156 votes we received, 482 (41.7%) of you voted to ‘put it in the bin’, while 25% of voters think it is ‘fine.’

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