Xbox One dashboard showcased in live 12-minute video

Friday, 8th November 2013 11:20 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s dashboard has been shown off in a new 12-minute ‘live’ demo, courtesy of Microsoft. It shows how the console’s many apps and UI features work of-screen so you can get a feel for how it will work in your living room.

The clip was published by Microsoft last night and sees Yusuf Mehdi and Marc Whitten playing around with the interface and discussing Xbox One’s myriad features.

It follows Stace’s final Xbox One pre-launch hands on impressions. Check out what he through through the link.

What do you make of the above?



  1. Ireland Michael

    What a hideous, bland mess. That entire interface is utterly charmless.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. VibraniumSpork

    ^^^ I don’t know, I kinda like the Tile thing. Each to their own I guess.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. CyberMarco

    Be lazy as fuck, with the power of Kinect and teh Cloud! -.-

    #3 1 year ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    Yeah, I think it looks clean and efficiant.

    Im actually really liking Windows 8 on my PC, don’t know why it gets so much shit.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @2 It works okay as the main dash, but making it part of literally every menu and page just looks horrible.

    Metro works well when it compliments a design, but when it’s the whole damn thing, it’s just painful to look it. Empty space and giant boxes everywhere.

    And this is coming from someone who actually likes Windows 8 and the current Xbox 360 dashboard.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. TrickyAudio

    I like how you can finally change the tile colour, thats nice. But there is a lot going off on that screen, its more Windows than ever.

    “Xbox go home” could have been worded better, always makes me chuckle.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet


    Im guessing you can customise the boxes to have pictures attached? Not sure about that though…

    #7 1 year ago
  8. CyberMarco

    Can it read the skeleton of the dog? :P

    #8 1 year ago
  9. monkeygourmet


    Why do you have the ‘skeleton of a dog’ in your house… o_O

    Serial killer detected…


    #9 1 year ago
  10. Hcw87

    Looks pretty damn smooth to me.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    Frankly I’d prefer a list to a bunch of random tiles. Sure the tile is fine just for the main menu when I want to enter a category such as my videos folder but it’s just a pain browsing through hundreds of videos- especially when many interfaces go by most recent rather than alphabetical order. I was probably one of the few that preferred the XMB to the Xbox 360 UI. Not as pretty but much tidier, in fact I’d preferred Sony kept it for the PS4 while simply modernizing it.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Fin

    Man their UI is slick as fuck.

    Pity about the system :’(

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    @11 The XMB will still be on the PS4 interface, but it’s accessed above the main feed area, which looks to be the first thing you see when logging in.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Obernox

    Next-gen UI sucks :( XMB and the FIRST 360 dashboard were the best.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. FeaturePreacher

    It’s a first draft I guess. But I hope the windows 8 influence doesn’t pin the xbone interface down. An album cover flow interface would be nice in the future.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. DrDamn

    Does look pretty swish and categories are simplified from before too – which is good. Voice commands seemed to be picked up quickly and multi-user stuff is clever. I don’t like the reappearance of pins so much – I’d prefer the interface be more customisable like a phone. Pins still seems like a work around for the usual route being a bit cumbersome. They seem more prominent than before though, which is good.

    Overall I expect feature wise it is better than the PS4 UI, both look to be huge improvements on before – certainly in terms of speed and underlying design. Sony haven’t hamstrung themselves with reserved memory/resources this time either, so I’d expect lots of room to develop from both.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Swedish_dude

    It’s something “cool” to show your friends the first 5 minutes. But why the h*** would I be talking to my xbox when im alone? It’s going to be much faster to just press the “home” button.
    Kinect doesn’t ad anything that I want or need, it’s ugly first of all, i dont want that above my LED, it’s destroys the whole esthitics. It’s going to be too much hastle trying to get the damn thing to hear what you are trying to say. Unless microsoft has revolutionized voicerecognition we all know what its going to be like, try SIRI.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. TrickyAudio

    @14 truth!

    #18 1 year ago

    Looks slick!

    #19 1 year ago
  20. monkeygourmet


    “both look to be huge improvements on before – certainly in terms of speed and underlying design.”

    Agree here!

    BTW, Are you installing a SSD in your PS4?

    #20 1 year ago
  21. monkeygourmet


    Unplug it?

    #21 1 year ago
  22. polygem

    i think it looks solid. looks like it´ll be easy to navigate and fun to use. i really like the dash navigation with the lb rb buttons. it´s just smooth.
    i am sceptical about the ps4 ui. i liked some things about the xmb but the psn store really is a complete clusterfucked disaster. i am pretty sure that the ms ui and marketplace will be better…unfortunately everything else about the x1 is a turn off for me. everything but the ui and the controller.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. TrickyAudio

    @21 Thats probably what I would do If I were to buy an Xbox, but it’s gash you have to pay for something you’d just unplug anyway.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Bomba Luigi

    What I really miss and no one wants to do anymore is… Options. Why does everybody want to force one Specific Design on the User? MS, Sony, Nintendo or right now YouTube again, why not give People a set of Designs to chose from? You liked the Old Xbox 360 Dashboard from a few Years ago? Fine, use it if you want, or use the new one, because Options.

    I really don’t understand that. Options are a good thing, because the more Options you have the more People you can make Happy.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. polygem

    seriously, i liked those…

    #25 1 year ago
  26. viralshag

    I think it looks great.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. DrDamn

    “BTW, Are you installing a SSD in your PS4?”

    Too pricey for the size I’d need. 500GB will do me for a bit, might invest in an SSHD further down the line.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. TheBlackHole

    My daughter will love using full screen skype – that functionality really is awesome. Auto tracking etc is very cool.

    The upload studio looks very cool too. Intuitive.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. mal617


    #29 1 year ago
  30. monkeygourmet


    Make sure she doesn’t ‘dun goof’! :)

    #30 1 year ago
  31. livewired500

    Well, looks pretty much like Windows8 which everyone loves to complain about.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. fearmonkey

    @31 – Yeah but here it actually can be usefull, since it has Kinect and a controller. Windows 8 gets alot of grief as its a touchscreen OS for many people that dont have touchscreens.

    It’s pretty much an enhanced version of the 360 UI, for better or worse.
    It also copied Steam’s activity feature I see, which is a good thing to add.

    I just can’t see myself talking to my Xbox they way they are doing in the video, I’d rather just use buttons.

    A better use of Kinect would have taken the tech they did with Milo, and making that an AI that you can naturally talk to, that remembers Birthdays, family members, but nothing too elaborate. If Seaman on the Dreamcast could do it, any current machine could.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. IrrationalGamer

    This isn’t representative of the Xbox experience until I see tires, Doritos, Home Depot, and the like taking up the biggest blocks and getting in the way of the fun. Can’t wait to see the Youtube clips after the One is out in the wild.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    @32 The main problem with that is that Milo was never actually a thing, and was nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

    Seaman was incredibly basic, contrary to our nostalgia. An interface like that would manage a few canned phrases at most… and personally speaking, I really don’t want technology trying to emulate people anyway. If I want to talk out loud, I’ll go talk to an actual human being.

    #34 1 year ago

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