Microsoft announces the August 2020 Xbox Update with more UI changes

Today, Microsoft is announcing the August 2020 Xbox Update, and it's available now to Insiders. A lot of what's new includes part of the UI that we're going to see on the Xbox Series X. Indeed, both the Xbox One series and the upcoming generation both run the same Windows 10-based software, so a new UI for the Series X means a new UI for the Xbox One.

First up is improvements to the Guide, which you can see in the image above. Like previous updates to the Guide that we've seen, it's meant to be cleaner and easier to read. At the top, you'll see Home, My Games & Apps, and the things you were recently doing, and of course, you can customize what you see. There are also buttons at the bottom now for things that you might not be accessing all the time, but are still important.

There's a new notifications inbox, which can be opened by clicking the button on the bottom of the Guide. It combines messages, alerts, and more into a notifications feed, and it's coming to all of the Xbox apps soon.

There are some minor improvements to Parties and Chats with text previews, and there are individual volume controls for each Party member.

Microsoft is also adding tips and tricks in the guide, which are meant to make it easier to use for those using an Xbox console for the first time.

There's a new activity feed look. Everything should show up as the same size now, so you don't have to guess how your content is going to show up in the feed. Microsoft also said it made a bunch of other improvements in other areas.

The August 2020 Xbox Update is coming to the general public soon, but there are a few other features that are exclusive to Xbox Insiders for now. This mostly includes the rest of the Xbox Series X UI. The whole look and feel for the Xbox Series X should roll out to Insiders this month, and that includes all Xbox apps as well. Profile themes are on the way, and you'll be able to sign into multiple Xbox devices at once.

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