Xbox One Guide Menu Revamp May be Coming, Snap Mode May Be Removed Entirely- Rumor

I sure hope this is right.

Posted By | On 24th, Nov. 2016 Under News, Rumors | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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The Xbox One UI has come a long way from the original confusing, bloated mess that Microsoft released with the console three years ago. Today, it’s mostly pleasant to use, and intuitive to figure out where things are- although some relics of the old UI still remain. These include the Guide Menu, which requires multiple button presses to get anything done, and the Snap Mode, which is never universally supported, and which seems to take away more utility from the player than it gives them.

According to a rumor on Windows Central, both of these may be about to get very significant revamps- the Guide Menu apparently is being reworked to provide instant access to recently used apps, features, and softwares, and also to display pins. All of this is being done to reduce the number of steps it takes to get anything done.

And what of the Snap Mode? Well, according to this rumor, it’s being removed entirely. It’s a relic of the old Xbox One UI, based on Windows 8, when Kinect was necessary to navigate the UI. It’s suboptimal to try and get Snap to work on a controller, and it’s not even properly supported – UWP apps don’t support it on Xbox One – all of which might be reasons as to why Microsoft are taking it away.

On my part, I say bring it. The Xbox One UI has come a long way, but still has a long way to go. If jettisoning legacy features that make no sense is what it takes to make the UI less convoluted, then by all means, Microsoft should go ahead.

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  • Biggest fan of moving snapped TV to Picture in Picture. That’s the big takeaway from all this imo. Can’t wait to watch sports in PiP while playing full screen! 😀

    • d0x360

      That’s not really what it’s main benefit is

    • Maybe so, but it’s the most practical imo. Having your gameplay screen reduced by a third just so you can multitask seems to negate the purpose of multitasking in the first place…

    • Aenea

      A third huh? At least it then renders in a native 720p? *ducks* 😀

  • d0x360

    Dash still has a long way to go? Considering its essentially got Facebook and YouTube built into it already how much more do you want? It’s fast, simple to use and boot instantly.

    If the Xbox dash has a long way to go then the dash on my ps4 must be a 3 year old beta.

    • Gamez Rule

      “It’s fast, simple to use and boot instantly” / “If the Xbox dash has a long way to go then the dash on my ps4 must be a 3 year old beta”

      When both consoles start up from normal power mode PS4 is nearly three times faster than Xbone, plus the menu system itself is also faster on PS4 than Xbone going from A to B etc, so don’t know why you thought the above.

      Example coming out of Destiny on Xbone to main menu lags big time, as does looking into your inventory, yet PS4 shows no lag whatsoever.

    • efnet

      Prove it.

    • Aenea

      That’s known everywhere, I saw a video a couple of months back *shakes head*

      I can’t give you a link to the video tho, you have to go look for it yourself, don’t expect me to go look for it!

      :p

    • Gamez Rule

      I have☺

    • efnet

      Took you 2 days to say that?

    • Gamez Rule

      I cannot always answer same day due to work etc

    • efnet

      Ever heard of a smartphone??? Lol

    • Gamez Rule

      Not everyone can use phones while working etc. But still I replied and that’s all what matters..

      I have shown videos backing up my claim, and showed a pic proving I own both consoles, so would be great for you to show a video showing Xbone being faster at cold boot up than PS4?

    • efnet

      Where is this video lol

    • Gamez Rule

      They are below☺

    • efnet

      LOL !!!!! this is the old dash and not the new xbox experience ui which surpassed the ps4 ui by 50% ….wow dude

    • Gamez Rule

      The new dash is still behind PS4 when booting up.. I even showed a video that’s 3 month old showing Xbone and Xbone S having a boot-up test faceoff and Xbone S was slower lol.

      My Xbone is up to date and the Xbone is still behind PS4-Pro boot ups, etc.

      IF you own both consoles you can do a video if you so wish to show us this 50% you posted about.

    • efnet
    • Gamez Rule

      That’s not factual… The user even made a disclaimer to state this LMAO!

      “Just for testing purposes sometimes I did the same task twice on the consoles – and the results were always a little bit different due to variable loading or delay times. I just wrote down all the times from the very first test.

      (( *So this is just for fun and nothing that people should take too serious, especially since this is still in Beta. The measurements were done quick and dirty.* ))

      People may get better or worse times depending on their button click performance, HDD and internet connection. I should add that I’m on a 50 Mbit connection with a 13 ms ping. The main reason why the NXOE is faster on pretty much everything is the new Guide that gets pretty much instantly snapped and performs very smooth after todays update. It scrolls instantly, there is no delay between switching from party to friendlist and the overall menu transition animations are much shorter. The PS4 UI is also super smooth and the differences are pretty minor here. Only the task times with the current public Xbox One UI sometimes are really bad. The overall experience really is not compareable to any of the other two consoles, because sometimes you just need to wait for something to load way too long. That said, the OS team at Xbox has done a pretty good job with the NXOE – especially with the focus on social interactions being accessible in a matter of seconds.”

    • efnet

      Lol there’s no winning with sony fanboys is it?
      Several sites did the comparison you can google the video if you want …
      The new ui is faster period .
      I have both as aswell and i get things done faster on my xbox one s ui…
      But hey you can feel however you want about it lol its not that serious to keep going back and forwards over a topic thats been proven by sevwral sites already and yet you still refuse to take heed, oh well .

    • Gamez Rule

      Then do a video showing this 50% UI speed over PS4 you chat about then? I even showed a video that’s 3 month old showing Xbone and Xbone S having a boot-up test faceoff and Xbone S was slower lol…3 months old and both behind PS4 times.

      Forget the other sites, I own both and can tell you xbone is not as fast as PS4’s UI. I’m far from a fanboy as I own all the consoles apart from Wii-U, and know the pros n cons of each console. I don’t need sites to tell me what I already know☺

      Read this… 3 month old.

      https://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/4w4hs8/the_xbox_one_menu_has_become_frustratingly_slow/

    • efnet

      You’re still talking boot up time…. im not talking about boot up ….

    • Gamez Rule

      I’m on about loads of UI functions, like shown by my post about destiny etc. Truth is the Xbone’s UI is laggy when compared to PS4.. Even the link here shows peoples problems

      https://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/4w4hs8/the_xbox_one_menu_has_become_frustratingly_slow/

    • Aenea

      Don’t bother with efnet, he makes claims and when pressed on it he can’t provide proof for it, actually wants you to go find it yourself instead. If that tactic doesn’t work he starts with the insults. If you do this more than once with a different topic he will eventually block you…

      Fun fact: my reply here to his “prove it” to you was in jest ‘cos how he reacted on another topic a few days ago, but he apparently didn’t like that either so immediately went with insults…

      He’s a ‘special’ kind of person…

    • efnet

      Whatever you say then lol

    • Gamez Rule

      If I’m wrong I will admit it… Show the 50% speed you talked about from your consoles UI and if correct I will say I was incorrect. But like all the other people with Xbones and PS4’s the UI is more laggy on MS’s console.

    • efnet

      No you wont….but its ok though, do you✌

    • crazy_black_man-

      Don’t mind d0x360. He’s an idiot cleverly disguised as…an idiot.

    • Aenea

      And don’t mind efnet either, he’s an Xbox fanboy troll, already caught him in three lies in the past week alone and once it’s clear you see through him he stops replying…

    • crazy_black_man-

      Yep. He claims he hates arguing with people but all he seems to do is argue with people in game forums because nobody loves his Xbox. He’s a joke. When he loses an argument he will start with the insults and fall back on boasting about his income, and how many game consoles he owns. Hes made a name for himself in game forums everywhere. The dude is pathetic.

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      Yep, you got a media system and gaming second with a 720P GPU.
      or worse now with titanfall 2 doing sub HD.
      But least you get snap and tv first

  • crazy_black_man-

    Most truthful Xbox One criticism ever written from Pramath. Not only just a criticism, but also a first time public admission that the Xbox One UI is crap now, and has always been a hot mess since the console was first released. Slow down Pramath. You are wide awake now, or as the hip kids would say, you’re finally ‘woke’. Now lets write an article about those cheaply built controllers breaking so easily, and then the loud fan on the One S. Take your time and gather your thoughts. You’re woke now.

  • Mr Xrat

    LOL I remember when Xgimps told me this was a system seller. “TRUE NEXT GEN” they said.

  • Aenea

    Now give me a video of proving your other claim, still waiting!

    Apparently you can Google and post links so why don’t you do that with the other topic too, huh?

    As for the UI I honestly have no idea which one is faster or is subjectively better. I do see tho that what you linked is over a year old and not done with the most recent firmware (or with the Pro!), I also don’t get why you feel it has been ripping off the Xbox One’s UI? Especially since X1 seems to have added communities now as well. I think it’s a back and forth of borrowing each others ideas…

    Not sure why you behave like such a fanboy about it, especially since you claim you own both…

    • efnet

      Claim to have both?
      Ok buddy, i see youre nothing more but a troll, enjoy the blocked list with the rest of them.

    • Aenea

      Yes, you claim to have both, don’t you? Hence why I don’t get why you say on one hand that you own both but on the other are such an obvious Xbox fanboy. Or was that a lie all along as well? We never did got to see a clear picture of your supposed PS4 Pro with actual light, just a dark video.

      You also still need to provide proof for your claim that those VR headsets are confirmed to come out for the Scorpio.

      You’re just one of those crazed out Xbox fanboy trolls believing in fantasies, hearing things that aren’t there and spouting nonsense.

      And if you block everyone who is going to call you out on your crap am sure you won’t see many posts pretty soon!

      Good luck to you!

  • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

    Shame the Kinect wasn’t removed from day one.
    Instead they weakened the GPU to 720p so it covered the cost of something that was an epic fail.
    Snap in TV to make a stuttery and laggy UI

    • crazy_black_man-

      And throughout all this, Gamingbolt had the audacity to criticize the PS4 for not having “folders”. PS4 had the fastest, most efficient UI available on a console, while the laggy crashing dashboard on the Xbox One was snapping stupid 2nd screens, taking up valuable screen space, and it had no background music for over 2 years. Hilariousness!

    • Luke Skywalker

      “had” as in past tense. the xbox dashboard evolves along the way, too bad you can’t say the same thing about the ps4. a lot of people uses the snap functionality on the xbox (and it’s something not available on other consoles). background music was added and it’s testament to the evolution the dashboard is going though in UI and features. it’s hilarious that you try so hard but fail every single time.

    • crazy_black_man-

      What is the last thing you successfully snapped to the dash board, and when was the last time you did it?

    • Luke Skywalker

      my amazon fire tv, did last night while the whole lot of kids here were watching tv and playing games. it was fun hearing them go “OH COOL” and then started shouting xbox snap this and that. the girls wanted to the tv which was the fire tv to be bigger which is the drawback on the snap feature that I would love for them to change and make it resizable.
      I hope you shut up about things you don’t know and actually start being a reasonable person because you’re making yourself look like a fool all the time.

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. Amazon Fire tv. You really needed an Xbox for that? Jesus Christ. LOL. You’re the one making a damn fool of yourself.

    • Luke Skywalker

      I answered your previous question so you jump on something else. it’s been clear to me but now it’s even clearer how much of a fool you are. I don’t need an xbox for the fire tv, I have the xbox to play games, for shows and movies, just as I don’t need the Kinect for skype but I use it to skype sometimes when i’m playing games or watching tv. i’m a cord cutter simple as that and the fire tv fits the bill just fine from kodi to sling it all works.
      so once again, start being more reasonable and stop looking like a fool all the time.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Fool, fool, fool…LOL. There’s no sting to that. Man up and throw a punch. You’re a cord cutter, and you thought that dashboard crashing, hard rebooting Xbox One would have been the best solution for your situation, huh? You calling me a fool is hilarious. I hope you’re enjoying your purchase in between all those crashes and error codes.

    • Luke Skywalker

      not trying to throw any punches if you think that’s what i’m trying to do. not trying to sting you in anyway or incite an argument. i’m simply just trying to tell you to wise up.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Wise up? Like you? LOL. Really?

    • Luke Skywalker

      well don matrick did a number on the xbox franchise when it came to deciding the hardware. I know it was him who pushed for the media centric side of the console because that’s what he pushed when he took over in the xbox 360 time.
      even though I use my Kinect all the time, it definitely wasn’t a necessary addition they should have made it an optional buy from day one, it raised the cost while stifling the console’s budget. and on top of that because it was baked in they had to redo the OS in order to take it out this caused a delay in a lot of features. but I’m sure Microsoft has learnt their lesson here and have moved forward. their next console should be back inline with their first and second.

    • crazy_black_man-

      It was baked in? LOL. Ok. And those ‘always online’ issues are apparently still “baked in”, right? Oh, and just for my own amusement, what exactly do you use your Kinect for?

    • Luke Skywalker

      what you are talking about?
      what always online issues that are apparently still baked in??

    • crazy_black_man-

      I just love how I don’t need an “offline mode” on my PS4. The games run whether I’m online or not. No menu hassles. No checking in to see if I own the software license to play a game I already own. None of that stupid control freak bullsh**.

    • Tomaterrrx

      Lol you can’t ‘weaken a GPU to 720p’. What is that supposed to mean?

    • Luke Skywalker

      I think what he means is that they used up the budget available and split it between the console and Kinect. I believe they had to lower the specs on the console in order to fit the Kinect in so they could hit the price point. if they had made a more powerful console the Kinect would’ve priced it out of affordability. notice when they removed the Kinect the price instantly dropped to about $350 indicating it took up $100 to $150 of the cost. so the xbox was pretty much a $350 console but just imagine if they had put that $150 into making a better spec’ed console? it would’ve been a beast.
      – look at the xbox 360 even after RRoD people still stuck to the console I believe it was due the console actually played games better just like I think if the xbox one was spec’ed better it would be selling way better than it is today.
      – I love my Kinect, it’s a great piece of tech but I honestly don’t think they should’ve hard bundled it in every box. I honestly think that was also a don matrick move.

    • crazy_black_man-

      “but just imagine if they had put that $150 into making a better spec’ed console? it would’ve been a PS4”

    • Luke Skywalker

      when you’re quoting someone maybe you should learn to actually quote correctly. I said “it would’ve been a beast”, I never said anything about a ps4.

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL.Oooh….so you did.

    • Luke Skywalker

      what?? you must be delusional. I seriously believe you’re delusional now. I have no more words for you.

    • crazy_black_man-

      I’m agreeing that you said “beast”. Why would you call me delusional?

    • Tomaterrrx

      I see where you’re coming from. But if Xbox One was $400 at launch without Kinect but better specs then that would mean that Xbox One would cost more than the PS4 today. I still don’t understand what he means by ‘720p’, though. 90% of games run at 1080p and only the most demanding titles like Battlefront or Battlefield go down to 900p/720p

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      was already weak, games like titanfall 2 on the xbox weaker it to sub HD resolutions of super salty 560p.

    • Tomaterrrx

      I just thought you got your words wrong, but no. You’re just another fanboy troll. Give me screenshots of when the resolution goes down to 560p, please and tell me how often it goes down that low. I’m sure that your precious Playstation will only play the game at slightly higher resolutions than Xbox, but obviously since it is the great and powerful Playstation I’m talking about, you don’t care because you are deluded.

      Btw weakening a ‘GPU to 720p’ makes utterly no sense. I doubt you are in any position to talk about gaming tech (probably a 12 year old screamer) which goes to show why you are so easily deluded. You may think I’m being a bit harsh, kiddo but you people are the reason that makes me think sometimes why am I in this gaming community.

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      Eurogamer . net has the review.Salty tears of Sub HD inTitanfall,its all there.

      II’m not deluded the Playstation was designed for games first and NOT a weak TV media box that gaming was an after thought
      The laggy and stutter Kinect friendy xbox IU shows its meant to gaming that bad, you guys just want to surf the windows store or laggy snap TV

    • Tomaterrrx

      Let me get this out of the way your English is pretty terrible. Random spaces, full stops in weird places, you can’t even get your capital letters right. Smh!

      According to your source, Titanfall 2 runs at around 800-900p on Xbox 1 while at around 1000p on PS4. So if, in the most intensive scenes, you say Xbox 1 drops to around 560p (which I highly doubt), then PS4 would be at around 600-700p (which is below HD, fyi), no? Yet you act as if PS4 NEVER drops below HD (720p) but you are wrong. You may not realize it now, but when you reach the grand old age of 20, you’ll realize that you are nothing more than a troll.

      Stop acting as if it is still 2013, ***hole. Xbox is nothing like it was now than it was 3 years ago. The new Xbox UI is actually faster than PS4’s UI for basic tasks like sending messages, or inviting friends to parties. If you want proof just ask and I’ll spoon feed it to you because you obviously haven’t gotten your facts straight since 2013.

  • Aenea

    1) my name is Lisa, so I’m not a dude
    2) the picture above doesn’t prove a damn thing, could be a screenshot showing on your Xbox.
    3) the video you showed was bloody dark, the light bar proved nothing either
    4) back then I tried to help you with your issues, I asked for a clear photo so I could see it indeed does get proper ventilation, instead you started with the insults and ignored it
    5) for all I know you borrowed one from somewhere to talk crap, or ordered one and returned it without keeping it, so videos and pictures still don’t mean 100% sure you have one
    6) I don’t really care if you own one or not, but if you keep saying you do and behave like the obvious Xbox fanboy troll as you’ve been doing lately it’s no wonder people don’t exactly believe your claims
    7) you made a claim yesterday about VR headsets, you kept replying to me until I asked you for proof to backup your claim, you didn’t want to, was too much work, even tho you little 5 year old brother would be able to
    8) there isn’t one article that backed up your claim, every game journalist in existence missed what you apparently heard in that event stream
    9) once you realised you were wrong you didn’t just come out and admit it, nope, you started with the insults, like now, and then stopped replying

    YOU are the ‘special’ kid here who needs help. Go get it!


 

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