Microsoft continues to improve the experience of its Xbox One gaming platform, and you are invited to become a part of this process via the Xbox Insider Program.
Microsoft set up the Xbox Insider Program for one purpose: test out new features before unleashing them to the public.
Fortunately, there are no stringent barriers that would prevent you from becoming an Xbox Insider yourself. If you think that your feedback would be valuable, simply follow these quick steps to join the Xbox Insider Program:
- Go to your Xbox One dashboard.
- Look for “Xbox Insider Hub” and download it.
- After it finishes downloading, launch the app and click join.
You will find that the interface is very intuitive and your Xbox Insider profile is not much different from your regular gaming profile. You will progress through the ranks, starting out as an Omega user that is able to test updates before they are released in different categories:
- System updates
- Gaming-related updates.
Here is what Microsoft is preparing for the next phase of streamlining its Xbox One experience.
Revamping the Xbox One Home Screen
The Home screen is the first thing you see when you turn on your Xbox One. Microsoft intends to make it as user-friendly and intuitive as possible. This translates to getting into something with as few actions as possible.
Therefore, you will now see that the Twists from the Home’s top area are removed. In their stead, Microsoft added individual buttons that immediately launch what you need: Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community, and Microsoft Store.
Other tweaks to the Home interface will continue to roll out.
Xbox Insider Program Changing How Voice Commands Work
You may have noticed that there is a trend to integrate cloud-based computing into all online services — and Xbox One services are no exception.
Regarding voice commands on Xbox, this means that talking to Cortana through your headset will no longer be possible. Instead, you will have two options to make that happen:
- Using Xbox Skill via the Cortana app available on Windows, iOS, and Android.
- Through Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker.
Changes to Xbox One Home, digital assistant, and voice commands will roll out to the public this fall — but Insiders will get to test them first via the Alpha Skip Ahead ring.
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