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Xbox One and Xbox Series X August 2020 UX Update Improves Party Chat, Activity Feeds and more

Xbox One and Xbox Series X August 2020 UX Update Improves Party Chat, Activity Feeds and more

Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2020Tagged: Gaming, System Update, Xbox Accessories, Xbox Live, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X|S

Microsoft has announced that the August Xbox 2020 System Update will be rolling out soon for all Microsoft customers.

Xbox August 2020 Update

The August Xbox 2020 Update includes a variety of improvements, including bigger changes like a new landing page for the Xbox Guide, to smaller, more subtle improvements like individual volume sliders for party members. Let's take a look at what's on the way.

Xbox Guide

Microsoft took the first steps to update the Xbox Guide in May, simplifying the layout to make it easier for gamers to use. Since then, they've been refining it based on your feedback, and have implemented the following:

Improved Landing Page

The new Guide landing page is designed to be cleaner and easier to read at-a-glance. The layout makes it easier to navigate between the most recent things you were doing, the Dashboard, and My Games and Apps. For those of you who want to customize the Guide, you’ll have the option to change the order of the tabs that show up. They've also added buttons to the bottom of the page for important utilities like notifications, search, and audio settings, making it easier to access them from wherever you are.

Xbox Series X Guide

Connect with your friends

The August update includes a new notifications inbox, easily accessed by clicking the notification bell on the bottom of the Guide. This inbox combines all your alerts, game invites and message notifications into a single feed. Best of all, the inbox includes notifications from across all Xbox apps, including the new Xbox mobile app that Microsoft will introduce into beta soon. Acting on a notification in one place clears it everywhere, meaning you’ll always be up to date!

Xbox Series X Notifications

Parties and Chats made easy

In June Parties and Chat were combined into a single tab, making it easier to communicate with your friends and fellow gamers. Microsoft have continued to improve this experience to make it more useful, with the addition of a preview of the text in your new messages, while also adding a frequently requested feature – individual volume controls for each party member!

Xbox Series X Volume Slider

More tips and tricks for new Xbox gamers

Guide pages are now easier to read and understand, and shortcuts and button commands are more consistent. They've added hints tailored for new customers, helping them understand the purpose of each page, and how to get started using it.

Xbox Series X Console Guide

New Activity Feed look

With the new Xbox experience Microsoft set out to rethink how community and game developers’ content is displayed on Xbox. They wanted the focus to be on the content being shared and highlight the awesome screenshots, videoclips and posts players create.

You will notice all posts shared on Xbox are now the same size: no more guessing on how they will show up in the Community or Club pages. They have made improvements in the Game, People and Community Content Blocks on Home, videoclips auto-play, reduction of metadata over posts and display of engagement counts. New shortcuts have also been introduced for easier engagement with the post and for easier discovery of players and games the post relates to.

Xbox Series X Community

Xbox Series X Community Activity

Coming Soon for Xbox Insiders

None of this would have been possibly without the help of our Xbox Insiders. The feedback, suggestions and bug reports ensure Microsoft always delivers the best possible product for everyone. Not only is the August update live this week for everyone, but this month Xbox Insiders are also getting the first chance to play with some upcoming new features that you’ll see below.

A fresh look and feel

All the ways you use Xbox should feel inviting and familiar, whether you are on the couch relaxing or streaming your favorite game on the go. Microsoft have been hard at work updating the visual look of their apps across phone and PC for the past year, and now it is console’s turn.

Xbox Series X Visual Refres

Starting this week Insiders will be receiving a visual update to their Xbox One consoles to better match our other experiences on the PC and mobile devices. This includes some changes to our tile shape, fonts, and focus indicator across the experience. However, the overall layout of most of the pages will not be drastically changing, so you don’t have to learn a whole new UI when Xbox Series X launches.

Express yourself with Profile Themes

User Profiles on Xbox are an important part of our community experience: they are one of the top destinations on console, and your profile should be a space for you to express yourself through customization.

You will be able to select from several different Themes for your profile when this feature becomes available, including some game Themes from Xbox Game Studios – and more will be added more over time!

Profile Themes are also available in the Xbox App on PC and through Game Bar.

Xbox Profile Themes

Sign in on multiple devices

Earlier this month, Xbox announced that cloud gaming was coming to the Game Pass app on Android, and the fan response has been amazing. Thousands of gamers have played titles like Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4 on their phones. Gamers with an Xbox have enjoyed their saved games seamlessly roaming between the cloud and their console, picking up where they left off no matter where they choose to play.

To make that experience even more seamless, Microsoft will be making some changes to the way you sign in on Xbox. You will be able to sign in on as many Xboxes or Xbox Apps as you want, all at the same time. Now you can use your Xbox console as much as you want for other watching movies, using apps, chatting with friends, and more. When it comes to games, you’ll be able to play on one device at a time so all your progress, achievements and saves stay up to date and synced whichever device you choose to play on.

Want to use your console upstairs while your roommate uses the Xbox in the living room to watch TV? Maybe try out the latest cloud gaming game while watching a movie with the family? You will soon have the freedom to choose.

Mobile Gaming Accessories Designed for Xbox

Starting on September 15, taking your favorite Xbox titles with you will be easier than ever with the launch of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (sold separately); making that experience feel like home is where the hardware comes in. Microsoft's lineup of Designed for Xbox mobile gaming accessories including Razer Kishi, PowerA, SteelSeries, and 8Bitdo, are now available for pre-order or purchase today.

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