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Microsoft Starts Multi-Month Design Experiment With the Xbox User Interface

by George Mensah

The Xbox user interface is getting a major makeover, but unless you’re an Xbox Insider, you won’t see the changes for months.

Ivy Krislov, Senior Product Manager Lead, Xbox Experiences, announced via Xbox Wire(Opens in a new window) that a “multi-month series of experiments” on the design of the Xbox user interface and homepage will begin this week.

The experiments will be visible only to Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring, and changes to the layout, design, and ease of access will be rolled out at random to those who are eligible to participate. Scrolling down the redesigned UI reveals more experiments with curated game channels and collections.

Insiders who receive the first experimental changes can look forward to a new “Jump back in” row for recent games and apps, easy access to system apps, curated gaming categories and recommendations, and “consistent design and visual identifiers with updated layouts to keep the experience familiar.”


Microsoft is soliciting feedback from those who have noticed the design changes via the Xbox Insiders subreddit (Opens in a new window). If you aren’t an Insider, that may be the best way to keep up with the changes. And, as for when Microsoft will release the new design to all Xbox owners, it will not be this year. However, the final version will be released in 2023.

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