Xbox Series X official walkthrough video reveals new dashboard design and lightning fast game access


MICROSOFT has given gamers a tour of what they’ll see when they boot up their Xbox Series X for the first time.

In a video posted to YouTube on Monday, Xbox’s Malik Prince and Harrison Hoffman took viewers on a walkthrough of the upcoming console’s dashboard.

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The Xbox Series X and S home screen has been unveiled by Microsoft in an official walkthrough video

The dashboard is the “home” area from which you launch games and apps, and is the first screen users will navigate when they power up the Series X.

Additions include colourful new dynamic backgrounds that change their shape and texture as you scroll through your apps, the video shows.

A revamped guide, or “over-game menu” as Harrison calls it, gives you quick access to things you might want to do while playing a game.

“This includes being able to quickly switch between your games and apps, check out your notifications, take a look at your messages,” Harrison says.

The guide should look familiar to anyone who has played an Xbox One

“[The guide gives you] all that at your fingertips without disrupting the game at all.”

The Xbox Series X and a second, digitial only version called the Xbox Series S are out next month.

“With both these consoles we’re talking about faster load times, higher frame rates and richer, more dynamic worlds,” Mallik said.

As well as the home screen – which looks the same on both the Series X and S – the hosts showed off a handful of games on the new system.

Gears 5 looks stunning on the Series X despite being a last-gen release

Gears 5 and Dirt 5 look stunning on the Series X despite being last-gen releases, with improved textures and frame rates.

Microsoft unveiled the User Interface (UI) of its new consoles back in August.

“This new user experience will be effortless to navigate, accessible and inclusive for all gamers,” the US company said at the time.

“You’ll spend less time waiting, more time playing, and you’ll always be connected.”

The Xbox Series X has a tall, boxy design that’s markedly different from previous models

Among the changes are a brand new design that looks sleeker and neater. Highlights include new fonts and tiles with rounded corners.

Customisation is also a key addition, with the new UI allowing you to easily add and remove tiles from the homescreen.

Microsoft has also added Customer Profile themes, which change the background of your interface. You can select those in your settings.

According to Microsoft, the update makes the UI “faster in every way”.

The Xbox Series S (left) and Series X side by side

Home now loads over 15 per cent faster when you boot your Xbox, and it’s a third faster to load when you’re returning from a game.

For the Xbox One – which also gets the update – the changes are relatively minor, but the UI will alter gaming as we know it on the Series X and S.

It’ll introduce Quick Resume, a new feature that makes jumping into and out of games easier than ever.

The tool allows players to reboot the console without saving and then almost instantly start the game up again from where they left off.

Microsoft introduced a similar feature with the Xbox One to resume a single game at a time from a suspended state.

The Series X and S, however, will have the capacity to resume multiple games from this state.

Quick resume will also allow players to quickly switch between games without saving. The process takes roughly 10 seconds, Microsoft says.

The Xbox One, of course, does not have the computing power to handle this, and so Quick Resume does not feature as part of its update.

As far as the new consoles go, the disc-free Series S and powerhouse Series X will ship worldwide on November 10.

The Series S will cost £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.

So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?

Sony has revealed the PS5 release date falls on November 12, but not everywhere.

That date only stands for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

In the UK, you won’t be able to get it until November 19.

The PS5 proper will cost £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.

In other news, Sony recently confirmed that more PS5 pre-orders are on the way.

The next-gen machine sold out within minutes when pre-orders launched on September 17.

And, a PlayStation fan has created an “all black” PS5 that disappointed gamers think looks much better than the real thing.

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