The New Xbox One Experience will be soon to be released.
The Xbox Team announced that the release of the New Xbox One Experience is on Nov 12. As stated by the team, this update is a “completely re-imagined Xbox One experience”. Many fundamental changes are expected to be delivered this time.
The biggest and most expected feature that New Xbox One Experience delivers is backwards compatibility. Last year, Xbox team still had no answer to users’ question on bringing Xbox 360 games to Xbox One. This year, they bring, not some, but many games from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Mike Ybarra, Partner Director of Program Management, Xbox and Windows Platform told Windows Central that backwards compatibility is a challenged they took on and win. “When we opened up the user feedback site, backwards compatibility was number one by a large margin and it was something we didn’t want to just ignore. We took on the challenge; we solved a lot of the engineering problems that existed, and frankly surprised ourselves in some ways.”, Ybarra said.
The plan for Xbox 360 games or appear in Xbox One library is that more than 100 games will be added this fall. Hundreds more will come in next months. Game records, add-ons, achievements and scores are saved. Users can play with other players on other game consoles. The team wants to brings as many game titles to Xbox One as possible but it depends on game publishers but they will add more 20 titles each month.
One critically function of the update is the integration of Windows 10 into Xbox One. So the old tile-icon-based interface which reminds us of Windows 8 has gone. To replace it, we have a vertically arranged home page with easier controlling features: 1-click access to Game Hubs, most recently used games and apps, and Xbox Live Community. The left bar allows users to access messages, notifications, or invites with leaving or pausing the game they are playing. Store is also rearranged and re-categorized for efficient exploration.
While adding some features to Xbox One, the New Xbox One Experience team also remove Kinect gestures. According to Ybaraa, the usage of Kinect gesture “was very, very low”. So they decided to remove it and make room for other features that may benefit users more. However, it will still work in games and ups that use Kinect gestures like Dark Dreams Don’t Die, Kinect Sports Rivals or Loco Cycle.
Mentioning the Xbox app which, since July, allows Xbox owners to stream and play Xbox games on Windows 10 PC screens, Ybarra promised that Xbox app on iOS and Android will be updated, just like on Windows 10. The Team wants to provide a common set of features on all OS, expecting users to be familiar with the app and have it across their devices.
It is still a question if the New Xbox One Experience is a game changing update for Microsoft on the game console market; however, Xbox owners and gamers are looking forward to its new features, especially the backwards compatibility.