Microsoft has not finished adjusting the Xbox One control panel, and the company has just announced that it will try some new Home experiences with Xbox Insiders. As of today, the company is starting what it calls "ABC" experiments with Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha rings, and two Insiders groups will see two different experiences at home.
A group will see a similar Xbox One control panel that Microsoft began testing in July, with four new content blocks for Game Pass, Mixer, Microsoft Store and Activity Feed that replace the previous tabbed interface. You can see how this new design looks like below:
A second group will see a different version of the Xbox One board without tabs, but with a single button for My games and apps instead of the four Content blocks available in the other Home Experiment:
A third "control group" of Insiders will continue to see the same Xbox One dashboard that non-Insiders are seeing. The removal of tabs apparently increases memory and performance on the board, but the Xbox Insider team will use this control group to make sure it is.
"Every step we take with the Xbox One Home dashboard allows us to adjust the placement and ease of use of buttons and tiles, increase the visibility of console functions, optimize the dashboard and menu commands, and transform Home at the center of all things Xbox, "explained the Xbox team today.
We still don't know when Microsoft plans to send this redesigned Xbox One board to all users, but hopefully it will be the last redesign before the company launches its next-generation Xbox "Project Scarlett" console on the holidays of 2020.
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