A Tour Of The Xbox One’s Slick User Interface And Features

By Ishaan . November 8, 2013 . 8:30am

Microsoft’s Xbox team has shared a demo video of the Xbox One, showing off a number of the console’s features, from biometric sign-in, to the customized user interface, to suspending and resuming games, to instant-switching between users using Kinect, to webcam calls with Kinect and more. You can watch the demo below.


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  • Darkbeat

    I’m getting more excited about the Xbone than I was 4 months ago, but I couldn’t help making this


  • Tom_Phoenix

    Dave: “Xbox, stop spying on me.”



  • DesmaX

    That interface is great. Better than the PS4 one

    • Godmars

      That was unnecessary.

  • Mir Teiwaz

    To me it looks way too cluttered with crap I don’t care about. Coincidentally, that’s the same issue I have with the Windows 8 main menu.

    My personal favorite main menu is probably the XMB from the PS3 and PSP. I honestly wish they had kept that for the Vita.

    • Sergio Briceño

      I don’t like either, but I specially hate the XMB. It’s not easy to tell what everything is used for and where to find it in the beginning. The new PS4 interface looks a lot like the SEN interface and even if it’s not too practical, at least it’s a step up in my opinion.

      • Mir Teiwaz

        To me it all felt rather self-explanatory. I had no problems at all finding anything with the XMB menus.

        I don’t care for the new menu that the Vita has. Too much wasted space.

        • Sergio Briceño

          It’s just a matter of getting to know the interface I guess. On the Xbox One, everything is there to see, you’re right though, most of the stuff you probably don’t need. But on the XMB to know where everything is you have to take a tour of the entire interface at least a couple of times until you memorize it. I hate to have to learn how to use a console interface, I’m oldschool, you know from the days you would just insert a cartridge and go for it.

          • Mir Teiwaz

            What is so difficult about the XMB? If I want to access my games, I go to games section. If I want to go to the PSN store, I go to the PSN column.

            It felt so easy for me that it boggles my mind to hear someone say they had a difficult time figuring it out.

          • Sergio Briceño

            I thought it was easy to understand with the comparison. The metro interface shows pretty much everything on screen and I see how you don’t like it, as you don’t necessarily want every option at the same time taking up screen space, the PS4 new interface sort of does this too, in a lesser degree. The XMB has everything sorted, true, but it only shows so much at a time, some features you don’t even know the OS has them because you have to press up on the stick for about 5 seconds to scroll all the way up, then press X and press down for another 3 seconds until you find it.

            Yeah, well, that is for the hard to find things that you usually never use, but some other things that you often use you had to find first sometime. Personally, I’ve had trouble with the XMB for the first couple of weeks, then it was pretty easy to use, but I didn’t like having to learn where everything is. The metro interface doesn’t have this issue at least not for the most part with the important features and it seems neither does the Xbox One or PS4 interface.

            There, hope you boggle no more.

            Edit: Then again, if it felt natural to you, then maybe it’s not a matter of getting to know each interface like I thought, but a matter of taste instead.

    • Cazar

      I really can’t wrap my head around why they opted for this interface. It was designed for Windows 8 with tablet PCs in mind. The Xbox one is not a tablet.

      • Mir Teiwaz

        I guess they were thinking that people might actually use that kinect they were forced to buy with the console. That kinda makes it like a tablet. Sort of. Maybe.

  • So it uses a bit of some of Windows 8’s Metro interface.

  • ShadowDivz

    Not bad. im not getting any next gen consoles yet, but the Xbox One doesn’t seem too bad.

    I’d still go PS4 though.

  • artemisthemp

    I am pretty impressed by Xbox One functionality, but the Metro/Windows 8 ain’t me

  • Chee Yang

    The UI is looking good. It’s good they’re forcing consumers to use the Kinect.

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