The announcement of a revamped Xbox One Guide last week by Microsoft left everyone wanting more information about it. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra fulfilled that wish by giving a quick glimpse of the upcoming newly updated Guide for the console.
Ybarra gave a peak of the Guide while on Microsoft’s streaming platform Beam after requests from users in the chat. Further saying that Xbox Insider members may be getting the new Guide update by next week.
What’s in the new Guide
First off, instead of the double tap that users must do to open the current Guide, the new one opens up with a single press of the Home button with easy access to recent apps and games as well as to the Xbox Store for quickly switching between them. As previously, single pressing the Home button was for accessing Xbox Home, now that option is also in the Guide.
Recording and screenshot functionality are also available up front to users when opening the Guide; done using the Xbox One controller’s face buttons for easy access to not miss anything users may want to save. Going into the new recording options also lets users adjust settings such as recording length and find older recordings.
Although not shown on stream, last week Microsoft announced that the integration of Beam would also come to the console. This will allow users to stream gameplay straight from the Xbox One without needing a separate streaming PC as before.
The announcement also detailed other upcoming updates to the Xbox One that’s arriving with the Creators Update sometime in April. These include a new Cortana design, a new achievement tracking overlay, easily accessible controls for background music and a Gamerscore Leaderboard.
Xbox One’s controversial decision to not include the Guide at launch to having one that resembles the Xbox 360s’s Guide four years later has been quite a ride to be on; looks like they are finally embracing the Xbox Guide with all the upgrades coming with the Creators Update.