There was a bit of controversy around the time of the Xbox Series X’s release when gamers learned that Microsoft’s next-gen console, which was (and continues to be) heavily advertised as the most powerful gaming system ever, only featured a 1080p dashboard. Xbox fans were taken by surprise because that seemed like a poor match for modern TVs, practically all of which leverage 4K panels.
The Xbox Series X’s relatively low-resolution dashboard will soon be a thing of the past, however. Microsoft has revealed that it is working on a new user interface with an increased resolution that will take better advantage of 4K displays.
This has been confirmed in the release notes for the latest Xbox Update Preview in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring, which notes that insiders can begin testing it today as part of a new update that also introduces system fixes.
“With today’s update, Alpha Skip-Ahead Insiders on Xbox Series X consoles connected to a 4K display can begin flighting an increased resolution UI,” Microsoft writes. “This change means Home, Guide, and other areas of the UI will be displayed in a higher native resolution for increased sharpness and text readability.”
Unlike the Xbox Series X, Sony launched its PlayStation 5 consoles with a 4K dashboard. The PS4 Pro also features a 4K UI, so Microsoft’s decision to upgrade the resolution of the Xbox Series X’s dashboard definitely seems overdue.
Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox Update Preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox consoles.