Microsoft reportedly planning Xbox dashboard UI updates

Microsoft is holding an event on May 21st which will be the unveiling of a new Xbox to replace the ageing Xbox 360. Over the past few months, various pieces of information have leaked about the next Xbox, including a reported spec upgrade and the launch titles.

The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is planning an update to the Xbox dashboard UI which will enter public beta around June or July. The interface tweaks will include new, smaller Live Tiles, similar to Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. Microsoft may also be looking into adding dark/light themes to the Xbox, an idea that has been lifted from Windows Phone and should appease those who like to play long into the night but are blinded by the bright white screen today.

According to the report, Microsoft is looking to make the transition from Xbox 360 to the new Xbox easier, and will allow new users to interact with the Xbox 360 via messaging, beacons and achievements. Microsoft is also looking to remove the current Points system in favour of currency and gift cards. 

Despite reports to the contrary, the next Xbox won't require an always on connection for games to work and could launch alongside an 'Xbox TV' or will allow the Xbox to interact with your TV as a set-top box

The final version of the UI update is said to be available in August. 

Source: The Verge

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Look, all I want in the new UI is the ability to set the background to whatever the BING image of the day is, automagically.

Ugh. I wish the UI would remain constant, or at least give users a choice. I f&%#ing hate how they keep moving things around.

Geezy said,
Ugh. I wish the UI would remain constant, or at least give users a choice. I f&%#ing hate how they keep moving things around.

Really? I love how they keep things fresh. Looking back at the original UI.. yuck. Times change. I recall that there were actually people back then who wanted to keep the blades. Just imagine if Microsoft had never changed that design....

Woah! Will the Xbox 360 receive a new UI revamp?! SWEEET!

I can't believe how great support has this device received... To think it will be 8 years old!

Sitting tight to see on what platform the next XBOX will be based on...
Windows 8.1? Something else?

May 21st is near and its going to be very interesting.

nMIK-3 said,
Sitting tight to see on what platform the next XBOX will be based on...
Windows 8.1? Something else?

May 21st is near and its going to be very interesting.

That would be the best way to go. Naturally a (at least slightly) different UI but if its the same under the hood then Microsoft can quickly be an app market for it. They could provide devs with the tools to optimize existing apps for both the controller and kinect and then have a 'xbox approval' proces in which existing apps become available on Xbox.

It would be the start of having the same app market on multiple platforms. It's a strength that its Google (Android and Chrome OS) and Apple (iOS and OSX) lack. It would be very attractive for developers to build for such an ecosystem. Not to mention how easy it is to port the app to Windows Phone as well.

My personal estimation was a special version of Windows RT, but since all evidence points that the next XBOX will most definitely be based on n x86/x64 processor it looks like, it will end up with a special version of Windows 8.1 -minus the Desktop, this looks is the perfect candidate.

Then integrate the current XBOX Market Place into the Windows Store.

I believe the above scenario is not far from reality, its going to push Microsoft's Ecosystem to tenth of millions of living rooms, its goes well with Microsoft's in-progress unification strategy and is offering HUGE advantages for both Developers and users.

4 more days to go!

I see this a lot, especially in gaming boards. Do they really bother you that much? I barely notice them. Maybe it's because I use my 360 for gaming, the store, and at most a handful of apps and that's it. I couldn't tell you when I last noticed an ad or what it was for. To me this is an overblown issue, as long as they don't increase the number of ads.

I click on most of the ads and download the free themes and avatar items they give you. I'm using some Sheraton hotel theme as my background and it is really pretty. My avatar has a new smartphone too. So don't think the ads are going away when users are interacting with them.

No suprise here. Microsoft is always improving upon the UI. It will be a long time before this next Xbox is the big brother. The X360 stil has a long time to go before it can be ignored by MS. I imagine both consoles will have a similar UI that fits within the unified design that Blue will introduce.

I agree, Xbox 360 will be around for quite a while after the next Xbox releases, especially with a $99 model at retail. I'm very interested if they manage to fit a similar OS to the next Xbox in the small Xbox 360's reserved OS footprint though.

Thief000 said,
I agree, Xbox 360 will be around for quite a while after the next Xbox releases, especially with a $99 model at retail. I'm very interested if they manage to fit a similar OS to the next Xbox in the small Xbox 360's reserved OS footprint though.

I don't think a similar OS but more like a similar UI. Just like they gave WP7 a facelift to look like WP8.

"Microsoft is also looking to remove the current Points system in favour of currency and gift cards."

Please don't get rid of XBL Rewards.