Xbox One user interface overview

GameSpot editors break down what you can expect from next-generation console's UI.

With the Xbox One launch just two days away, GameSpot has prepared a user interface video overview to get you up to speed on some of the next-generation console's features and functionality.

GameSpot editors Carolyn Petit and Mary Kish walk you through the Xbox One UI, showing off the home screen, friend activity, GameDVR, and Snap multitasking functionality.

Check out the full UI overview video below and look for more Xbox One written and video coverage in the days ahead leading up to launch on Friday.

For more on the Xbox One, check out GameSpot's review roundup, featuring games like Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon, LocoCycle, and Killer Instinct.

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Eddie Makuch

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32 comments
zak_2099
zak_2099

Carolyn wants to do most of the talk and barely give the chance for Mary to talk.
Poor cooperation, make the video not interesting   

Bogmer
Bogmer

Wow looks a lot like windows 8 interface that I hate.  I'm totally happy I didn't pre-order this.

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

Looks incredible I love the innovated look and all the content. Definitely looking forward to my purchase this Friday. 

imrangr1
imrangr1

Props to Gamespot for 60FPS video. The UI looks much more snapper because it comparing other youtube videos.

sakaixx
sakaixx

machinima video showed xbox one voice works okay but with alot of flaws , as it can't hear properly if you shout or talking fast/slowly and you need to talk with proper vowel . as buyer I tought it was pretty neat talking to the console but doubt it would be my primary way of navigating the ui

Mr_Ditters
Mr_Ditters

I like the look of it.  Its easier on the eyes than the PS4 background.   Still not buying an Xbone.

pyro1245
pyro1245

I miss the days when software were called programs and apps were things you ate before a meal.

themc_7
themc_7

I need a legit, yes or no. I just read a massive article on Kotaku, that was very indecisive. It talks about great games, and great features, but then says lots of stuff is missing and things requires patches(that may or may not ever arrive). I'd like to see a pro's/con's, rating of of 10, no BS review.

Pre_ordered_PS4
Pre_ordered_PS4

I've watched quite a few Xbox One UI videos. The UI itself looks okay but the voice commands are very unresponsive to say the least. 

Not a positive sign for Microsoft, considering thats the Kinects main purpose

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@Syphon_Filter2 LOL!  That PS4 must really have your attention since you're still trolling X1 articles. Once I get my Xbox One tonight I wont be on any game sites for a long time, let alone PS4 articles hahaha.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@Bogmer Windows 8 interface is actually really great for anything other than a mouse and keyboard. Touch and Controller input lend themselves well to the tiled design. I'd like it better if I knew there wouldn't be ads thrown on every major tile. 

rolla020980
rolla020980

@sakaixx 

360 voice control worked well, so I hope this is just as good if not better. Besides, when people say "XBOX, I dun gunna wunna play me sum gayme on my sistum" it isn't going to work.

Manatassix
Manatassix

@themc_7 

7/10

There you go a completely pointless number with no justification or explanation.. just what you seem to want :)

imrangr1
imrangr1

@Pre_ordered_PS4 : Most reviewers talk fast and intentionally try to undermine the voice gesture by not following the tutorial and the way to control Kinect using voice commands. If you look at the UI while issuing voice commands its much better with green highlights.

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

@Pre_ordered_PS4 strange, I'm not saying you're lying or anything but I have watch UI videos on Gamespot, IGN and youtube and I don't see there's any problem with voice commands being unresponsive.  It works like how it should be. 

Manatassix
Manatassix

@Grenadeh @themc_7 

Um.. I loved my 360, much preferred it to the PS3. Used it as my primary console and bought significantly more games for it.

I'm buying a PS4 first.

If you are having such a hard time deciding they really aren't massively better than each other you should either wait for the thing that makes the decision for you. Or just flip a coin. Cant really go wrong.

The reason things are a bit unclear is that they are Both good and both subject to changing over time.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@themc_7 @pyro1245 @Manatassix Have you played 360?

If yes, get Xbox One.

If no, do not get Xbox One.

I base that on no research whatsoever other than what I've read but I assume if you played 360, you are used to the paywall and everything else you will experience, other than it being better.

If you are not used to paywall, get a PS3.