Microsoft Exec: We Are Working To Improve Xbox One X’s UI, Confirms 3rd Party Webcam Support And More

Mike Ybarra also addresses lack of cross-platform saving for Fortnite on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Posted By | On 24th, Jul. 2017 Under News

We’re a ways off from the Xbox One X but Microsoft is doing it’s best to promote the sheer functionality and features that the console will ship with. Xbox director of program management Mike Ybarra noted on Twitter that he can’t wait for the console’s release since it will have “Power, capability,” and be “fan driven” while supporting “cross network” and being “game pass ready.” It’s worth noting that the “cross network” functionality is likely in reference to cross-platform play between the Xbox One X, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

However, when quizzed about the Xbox One X getting a new UI, one that provides a speed boost of sorts, Ybarra said that the company is always working to improve it. He also addressed the fact that some games like Fortnite don’t support cross-platform saving, allowing players to carry progress back and forth, by saying that it’s “developers choice.”

For streamers there’s some good news as Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Ybarra that, “USB is coming and that includes web cams.” We already know that the console ships with USB ports but will it support third party web cams right out of the box? Or will that be later (and if so, how long)?

As for those who install Xbox One games from an external HDD on to the Xbox One X, the games will support plug and play. Ybarra noted that, “You may have an update to take on some games depending on the game but plug and play.” That update could be in reference to certain games receiving patches for Xbox One X support like Gears of War 4 and Halo 5: Guardians.

The Xbox One X releases on November 7th worldwide for $499. It will be open for pre-orders fairly soon as per Phil Spencer.

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  • OldSocialist

    Couldn’t find anything to sneer at? You’re slipping.

  • Tensos Unders

    How about adding Dolby Vision as a firmware upgrade to the Xbox One S, Mike. It would be much appreciated.

  • Mr Xrat

    Xgimps told me the UI was perfect though over and over! Cute to see that Mike slug join the PR train to distract from those awful SDCC gameplay demos.

    • Michael W

      UI changes every couple of years unlike the stationary and boring PS brands… yawn.

      Your trolling is childish at best 2/10 would not lol again.

    • Mr Xrat

      Every time you tell us it’s perfect, which means every time you lied.

      Gotta do something for this cancerous fanbase’s OCD, I guess.

    • Michael W

      I’m telling you its perfect? I’m Microsoft now? I think you’re beyond delusional at this point. You can not point to a single instance of the use of the phrase ” perfect UI” by a MS rep.

      Do you know whats the best part about people like you. They keep people away from Sony. You do the exact opposite of what you’re trying to do every time you speak. No one wants to be anywhere near you, or your toxic fanbase so congratulations.

    • Mr Xrat

      We all know what you losers have to tell yourselves to stay vaguely sane. “Muh UI is so fast and so smooth!!!” A month later and, oh look, Xgimps are complaining about how trash it is. It’s why everyone hates you so much.

    • Doggystyle ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Slap yourself. Everybody has a PS4, you idiot.

    • Michael W

      60mil out of 7billion… thats not even 1%… Your math is a bit off.

    • Doggystyle ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      UI changes every couple of years “hoping to become as fast, snappy, and functional as the PS4 UI”. There, I fixed that for you. Hilariousness!

    • Michael W

      Or the PS4 is garbage PSx UI from 2003 and the ICE team is to stupid to fix it. Just like they still cant figure out how to change user names. Just a thought.

  • Triton

    The UI is good as it is, but its exciting to see a refresh and good to hear they are dedicated on improving it.


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