Microsoft has great news for Xbox One users. As of Today, November 12, 2015, Xbox One is compatible with Windows 10 and has rolled out an update for users called the “New Xbox One Experience”.
Now, Xbox One moves faster and navigates easier when trying to access any key menu screens, such as the Store or friends list. Xbox One also has a new home screen, guide, and community page to help customers share and find out what is going on in the Xbox community.
They’ve also overhauled the entertainment section and formed it into ‘OneGuide’ which allows users to find all of their on demand content in one place including Netflix, Hulu, downloaded movies, and more.
Another major bonus feature that Microsoft has brought into its current gen system is the ability to play games from the past.
This means that gamers can now bring some of their favorite games from Xbox 360 over to Xbox One. Unfortunately, every game is not available for Xbox One’s Backward Compatibility. However, Microsoft did release a full list of 104 games on their website that gamers are able to play on current gen.
In an interview with Game Informer, Richard Irving, partner group program manager at Microsoft, spoke about some of the some of the changes the company decided to implement in order to make the user experience smoother.
What was important to solve was how users get to that content simply and easily,” Irving explains. “We’ve done various UI refreshes over the years to improve that. Our model on that is to bring more of that to the surface. The horizontal scrolling goes between categories the way it has for many years now. The addition of a vertical scroll to really get you deeper within that category of content became a really important element for us.”
In addition to adding easier transitions through apps and allowing for a friendlier user experience, Windows 10 will bring “Cortana” to Xbox One in 2016. “Cortana” is the Windows virtual helper. The artificial intelligence is currently available for other Windows 10 devices, but unfortunately, Xbox users will have to wait for its integration into the system.
Though backwards compatibility is the most exciting news of this update, at its essence Xbox One is now Windows 10. In a fully detailed blog posted by the Director of Program Management for Xbox, Mike Ybarra wrote, “The New Xbox One Experience is a complete transformation of Xbox One, integrating the speed and versatility of Windows 10…We also wanted to meaningfully improve how gamers interact with Xbox One and redesigned it to make it the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever.”
He also mentioned that many changes implemented in this update were because of feedback from Xbox users via their feedback site. The official Windows 10 update launched at 12 am pst and the backwards compatibility launched at 12 pm pst for Xbox One. More updates are schedule for release in order to continue to improve their Xbox One social experience.