Xbox One Dashboard Themes In Development
For whatever reason, the ability to customize or theme a system’s dashboard has been a desired feature among gamers. The last generation of consoles had this simple feature, but for whatever reason, these new system’s didn’t. However, that’s been changing. Nintendo had an update for the 3Ds to allow themes, as well as Sony’s Vita. Sony also announced themes were coming to the PlayStation 4. That put Microsoft as the only company not implementing some sort of customizations with their game OS. Though it seems like they’re already underway fixing that.
Newly Xbox boss Phil Spencer has heard the concerns, and confirmed that themes, along with backgrounds are on the way for the Xbox One, thanks to his interview on the Inner Circle Podcast.
“You will see it; I’ll announce it here. Themes and background pics are something that we are working on, and screenshots; I know people beat me up on screenshots…I know people like to customize the look of the dash…we are going to deliver on them.”
This confirmation, along with other noticeable changes within the Xbox brand, shows that Phil Spencer has a deep understanding of gaming enthusiasts want for Microsoft’s console. He clearly grasps the notion that the Xbox One shouldn’t be touted as an all-in-one entertainment box, but it should be at the heart, a gaming machine — just with extra features. And when Microsoft first announced the Xbox One, they did the complete opposite, which I think has damaged the system’s image and brand.
These minor changes are essential for Microsoft to get back on track.