Microsoft kills another start button with Xbox One controller, is just trolling everyone now


See those two buttons in the center? Don't even think about calling either the start button.

Microsoft, killer of start buttons, subtly vanquished yet another start button last week – so subtly, in fact, that most people didn't notice.

In its ongoing effort to purge the world of start buttons, Microsoft is calling the two contextual buttons on the Xbox One's controller the "view" and "menu" buttons; the Xbox 360 controller's buttons in the same location are called the "back" and "start" buttons. In a statement released to IGN, Microsoft said the view button, located on the left, can "change views or provide more information in games and apps" while pressing the menu button brings up "context-specific menus which game and app developers can design to enhance the user experience."

Possible uses of the view button include "viewing a map during a role playing game, displaying a leaderboard in a first person shooter, and enhancing the navigation of the console's user interface," according to Microsoft's statement. Examples of tasks performed by the menu button include "bringing up in-game menus, showing video playback options, and accessing commands on the console's user interface."

Microsoft's last high-profile start button axing came when the company removed the iconic button from Windows 8. Angry mobs forming across the Internet have reportedly resulted in Microsoft's decision to add the button back in Windows 8.1, though the company has yet to reveal any plans to make up for all the hurt feelings and tears shed over the button's removal.

Source: IGN | Image via Microsoft

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Since MS is on the cruise everything which starts with Start now they should start introducing End button. End button to Desktop, End button to Xbox, End button to tablet ..Yada..Yada..Yada.

With the number of people here that apparently don't know what the start button is, I see why Microsoft renamed it.

Haha oh noes MS what have you done.
Great article, made my morning

Also a good way to pick those members out who've had a sense of humour bypass haha

lol... you obviously didn't read the article or don't own an Xbox, unless you can give a clear explanation on how they 'lost their way'? They didn't remove anything, they are simply giving the controls better labels and useful functionality. That button that used to have the 'start' label didn't launch the Start screen, which is why it makes sense to re-label it as "Menu".

Might take some getting used to, but I'm sure there's no missing functionality involved.
If anything, I'm sure MS enhanced what the buttons do on the controller, but we'll see.

How come every time someone claims to 'enhance the user experience'; the end result is the user getting F'd in the A? Just something I've noticed in my years...

How is this f'n the user in the A? It's not getting rid of anything, it's just renaming the controls lol. That button never actually launched the Start screen anyway, it launched a menu.

omg, why I don't want to get used to having no start button I like "start to play" "start to pause" etc etc, my gameplay will be effected greatly the learning curve of this console will be high.

Mark my words anything "without" a brain wont be able to use this! Especially the COD and FIFA players they have no chance without the start button.

Since when has it been called a Start button? I have always heard it being referred to as the Guide button or
a Menu button, sometimes a Dashboard button, but never once have I heard it being called a Start button.

Ugh. This means that you MUST use the KINECT to get back to dashboard, etc. I have a very bad feeling that the console will either bark at you if you unplug the KINECT or it will be totally unusable without it.

what part of this don't you understand?


Examples of tasks performed by the menu button include "bringing up in-game menus, showing video playback options, and accessing commands on the console's user interface."

AmazingRando said,
Ugh. This means that you MUST use the KINECT to get back to dashboard, etc. I have a very bad feeling that the console will either bark at you if you unplug the KINECT or it will be totally unusable without it.

They're talking about the "Start" button. You know, the little one labeled "Start" to the lower right of the Guide button? You do know the Guide button, right? It's the big one with an X on it that takes you to the dashboard and ISN'T AND NEVER HAS BEEN THE START BUTTON.

This article is simply just attention-seeking.

If you actually read the descriptions of the renamed buttons, they become MUCH more useful than they currently are.

The only reason they even had a button called start is because that's what nintendo decided to call it way back. it made no sense on any of the modern consoles since the first xbox at least. Games that required you to click start instead of just A was plain annoying.

At least now they have suitable names and functions.

The Xbox 360's startbutton opened a startmenu. Just like the PC's startmenu this was a small menu that did not fill up the whole screen. This little menu then allowed many of the same functionalities as the startscreen. In that sense the Xbox 360's startbutton functioned similary to the PC's startbutton.

The X1's menubutton seems to be something different altogether. It appears tied to the game itself. So it's not actually there to replace the Xbox 360's startbutton.

I wonder how people are going to access console functions while playing a game. Perhaps via Kinect? It did appear that at any given time the player can zoom out of whatever entertainment is running and directly access the startscreen. So basically you don't need a startbutton to open a startmenu that does half of the startscreen's functions. Just like on Windows Phone and Windows 8/RT you have one startscreen that functions as a desktop, startmenu and notification centre in one.

So it is spot on to say that Microsoft killed off another startbutton (and more importantly startmenu) in favor one of interface for everything known as the startscreen. It also makes perfect sense considering their new design philosophy and UI principles.

The Xbox 360's startbutton opened a startmenu. Just like the PC's startmenu this was a small menu that did not fill up the whole screen. This little menu then allowed many of the same functionalities as the startscreen. In that sense the Xbox 360's startbutton functioned similary to the PC's startbutton.

You're thinking of the big Xbox button, the article is quite literally talking about the button labeled "Start" on the 360 controller. In games, it was most often used to progress from the game's splash screen or bring up the game's in game menu (not the mini menu that is a part of the dashboard UI)

Ronnet said,
The Xbox 360's startbutton opened a startmenu. Just like the PC's startmenu this was a small menu that did not fill up the whole screen. This little menu then allowed many of the same functionalities as the startscreen. In that sense the Xbox 360's startbutton functioned similary to the PC's startbutton.

Sraf said,
You're thinking of the big Xbox button

It is called the Xbox guide button, not the start button.

HawkMan said,
The only reason they even had a button called start is because that's what nintendo decided to call it way back.

The Atari 5200 controller had a Start button. It was also the first console with a Pause button.

TRC said,
It was also the first console with a Pause button.

Wellllll first single pause button, the Intellivision could pause a few years before, but you had to push two buttons to do it. (One more bad design decision, the Intellivision had a bunch of those.)

Microsoft should just remove all of the buttons and replace it all with a flat square touchpad while claiming it's the future of computing.

I was going to crack a joke about being sued by Apple, but then I realized MS is like the one company that can actually do rectangles with rounded corners without fear of that.

[Quote Enron, "MS doesn't round their rectangles."]

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what separates men from boys!

EDIT: Forgot to quote Enron, haven't the foggiest what the quote syntax is in the comment section and the JS is bugged when pressing quote, so this will have to do.

This article doesn't seem to mention any button being removed, just that the 2 buttons on the controller have been changed, unless the previous Xbox button has been removed?

I'm not just reading it wrong am I

Livin in a box said,
This article doesn't seem to mention any button being removed, just that the 2 buttons on the controller have been changed, unless the previous Xbox button has been removed?

I'm not just reading it wrong am I

Well, it does seem like the Xbox 360 guide button has been removed. On the new controller the white Xbox logo at the top isn't a button I don't think? Or is it? I honestly can't tell or not.

It's already been confirmed that it is a button... I don't have a source for you, but I have read it on a site where the author was at the reveal and had physically handled the controller (MS was demo'ing the new trigger impulse features with non-gaming demos).

r1zzah said,
It's already been confirmed that it is a button... I don't have a source for you, but I have read it on a site where the author was at the reveal and had physically handled the controller (MS was demo'ing the new trigger impulse features with non-gaming demos).

Ok, I couldn't tell from the pictures because it's pretty flat it looks like.

One of the best news articles I've read since I joined this site two years ago.
Fun, serious and tackling a topic that hasn't been discussed extensively yet.

"while pressing the menu button brings up "context-specific menus which game and app developers can design to enhance the user experience."

So the exact same thing we have already with a pause menu but with a different name attached with an extra menu transition.

BlueScreenJunky said,
To be fair it didn't really make sense to call it a "start" button since most of the time it was used to pause the game or bring a menu.
Agreed. In fact I don;t think I ever used it to actually start a game. Can anyone here claim they actually have?

Omg ... now gamers are confused and won't know how to start the game. Their game performance will be decreased .... /s

MDboyz said,
Omg ... now gamers are confused and won't know how to start the game. Their game performance will be decreased .... /s

Don't worry, I'm sure Stardock will come to the rescue!