The original Xbox One dashboard was developed with Kinect at the forefront of its mind, all the way from the user interface to the foundational elements that allocate system resources.
However, Microsoft has been going through all its original decisions and revising them to create a greater focus on speedy access to features using the dashboard – but there still seem to be performance issues. It seems that Microsoft is ready to address these as a matter of priority.
In a recent blog post discussing a new Game Mode for Windows 10, Microsoft was happy to announce that performance improvements were not set to only affect Windows 10:
“Every Xbox One will see an update coming to the Guide that will make it faster to complete common tasks,” explains Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering for Xbox. “Through one press of the Xbox button on your controller, you’ll be able to pull up the newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of your screen no matter what you’re doing.”
Improving speed will also be central to Microsoft’s plans to re-develop its popular “multitasking experiences”.
Incorporated in the new guide, Ybarra claims the capacity to record clips, make length adjustments and gain direct access. Additions by Microsoft will also include achievement tracking overlay, Gamescore leaderboard, music control functions and an improved Cortana design.
Users of Xbox One are acutely aware of the sluggish response time with the dashboard and will welcome improvements that speed the processing up. It is not clear when the new guide changes will be in place according to Microsoft, but it is thought that these may align with the planned Creators Update release for Windows 10 PC’s in April.