Xbox Home Skype Xbox Assist feature error

The Xbox Series X controller rests on the Xbox Series X on the table.

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we do this for change. We do this to game console 5. It’s only fair that we do the same for Xbox.Earlier this month, Sony Announce It removes the barely used Accolades feature from the PS5, which allows you to award rewards to other people in multiplayer games. This sparked a thought exercise: What other features could be removed from popular gaming platforms without much fanfare?

The Xbox’s user interface has been honed for about a decade, and it’s pretty polished. (The Xbox Series X/S uses the same UI as the Xbox One; it’s common across console generations.) There’s always room for pruning, though. Here’s a look at the features Microsoft could wipe out of the Xbox without causing too much commotion.


Pin to homepage

Xbox's group feature shows Forza, Gears 5 and more games.

While the Pin to Home feature is certainly questionable, it’s not an indictment of Groups, which are awesome and should definitely be around forever.
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You can permanently pin any game to your Xbox: just hover over its icon, click the hamburger button, and select “Add to Home”. Maybe I’m overlooking a use case, but the logic behind this always throws me off. If you play a game so often that you need to permanently pin it on your home screen, it may already be on your home screen as one of your most-played games. (The top row of the Xbox UI shows your six most recent apps. Your game library is actually there too.)

game club

Every Xbox game has a so-called game club, accessed by looking at the game’s “game card” (in the menu that pops up after clicking the hamburger button) and then switching to the “official club” icon.Here you can view information related to a specific game, from a tracked list of achievements to a “News” story (you can Favorite Gaming News Site). In the Progress tab you can also find a real-time count of how much time you’ve invested in this game – good stuff!So it’s not that Game Center is completely Useless, by itself. What’s more, they unnecessarily obfuscate the information you’re actually looking for, an aspect that becomes crystal clear given how easy it is to access it on competing platforms like PlayStation and Switch.

Skype

We’re in the age of Zoom, but the specter of video chat apps that were ubiquitous 5 years before the internet age isn’t going away.Yes, Skype is I really like the Xbox. My only question is… uh, why?I guess part of it is intended as a voice chat replacement, but pretty much every chat option is better, including Microsoft’s own, or Recently added Discord integration (great for cross-play).

Rest reminder

Of course, in the console’s settings, under the Preferences menu, you can set automatic break reminders in half-hour increments. (These notifications only pop up when you’re playing a game, but the clock starts from the moment you turn on your Xbox.) But come on, no one wants their Xbox to behave like their parents. Plus, free time is more valuable today than ever. If you can reasonably spare a few hours to play the game in a row, you’ll get more motivation.

Events tab

By default, the Xbox’s Home screen includes an Events line item that lets you quickly see if any live service game is running an active event.The My Events tab now shows details about the event Marvel Avengers, Ark: Survival Evolvedand Destiny 2– Two of which I’ve never played on Xbox. (mine The Avengers Account is on PlayStation; I have never touched ark.) So, it’s obviously not always relevant. And, if you’re a regular customer of service games, you probably know what’s going on through official social channels, news sources, or in-game.

Xbox Assist

Xbox Assist is a built-in encyclopedia of FAQs, tips, and other system-level guides. For example, if you pop up the “Troubleshoot” menu, you’ll see a walkthrough that will tell you how to launch the game you’re having trouble launching, and give you the option to check the status of Xbox Online Services. But you can’t open these guides at the same time as the Xbox part you’re having trouble with, which means you’ll have to memorize suggestions or work between the two apps. Plus, we all know that people go to one place for simple answers: Google.It’s much easier to have all this information Xbox Support Page in a web browser.

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