New dashboard update brings higher-resolution UI to Xbox
Microsoft’s decision to bring the Xbox One’s dashboard over to the Xbox Series X/S was a positive in many ways, but there’s one area where it has unquestionably lagged behind the PlayStation 5: resolution.
When connecting a PS5 to a 4K television, the console’s dashboard runs at a crisp and detailed 4K. Over on the Series X/S, however, even the newer model of Xbox still only displays its dashboard at 1080p, even when connected to that same 4K display.
While this hasn’t been a big deal for some, it definitely has for others—and, thankfully, an upgrade to that resolution is now in the works.
If you’re a member of the Alpha Skip Ahead ring of Xbox dashboard testing, a new build is going live later today that offers an option where “Xbox Series X consoles connected to a 4K display can begin flighting an increased resolution UI.” Although we don’t yet know how high that “increased” resolution will be, I have to assume it’ll at least be 1440p if not a full 4K. Given it seems that this boost is only for the Series X specifically for now, my guess definitely leans more heavily toward the latter.
If you’re not part of the Alpha Skip Ahead ring, then you’ll simply need to be a bit patient, as there’s a number of levels Xbox dashboard testing goes through before it gets released to the general public. However, you can at least now know that that bump is coming.
Mollie got her start in games media via the crazy world of gaming fanzines, and now works at EGM with the goal of covering all of the weird Japanese and niche releases that nobody else on staff cares about. She’s active in the gaming community on a personal level, and an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming, consumer rights, and good UI. Check her out on Twitter and Mastodon.