After the rather underwhelming launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft has spent the entire generation playing catch up to its competition. And, while Phil Spencer has managed to steer the ship away from complete disaster, there’s still a long way to go. With the upcoming Xbox Series X, however, Microsoft is not only launching a new console but is also paving the way for the next-generation of the overall Xbox experience.
Xbox Updates: Then and Now
Since the console’s inception in 2013, constant updates and upgrades have helped improve the performance of the Xbox One. The console’s software has grown tremendously compared to the time when it first came by.
However, until now, the Xbox UI has been rather lackluster in comparison to the competition. The new Xbox experience, however, is a breath of fresh air and will definitely make the fans happy.
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It is clear that Microsoft has worked hard to take suggestions and implement them. Initially, they launched a new Microsoft Store on the console to make amends. The more recent reviews suggest that the performance of the store has improved greatly. Even the design is much more aesthetic. General ease of usability has become much more refined as well.
New Xbox Experience
Xbox’s Cross-platform Updates
In my honest opinion, I commend Microsoft for finally having taken the initiative. These improvements were much needed. Regular updates like these keep their console and experience on par with their competitors. Moreover, memory consumption is said to be more efficient now. Space up to 40% is intended to be freed up.
However, I would argue that there are still many problems that need to be addressed. Microsoft needs to figure out how to reduce download times of video games. Understandably, the game size depends on the developer but the download servers for Xbox have also been struggling lately.
Improvements also need to be made regarding the in-store applications offered in the PC store. Most of them do not run smoothly and often hinder the experience. Although the Microsoft Store has been improved, it is now time to better the compatibility of the apps within as well.