- 01-06-2012, 05:52 AM #1
After a few weeks, I have to say it certainly looks nice but I don't think it's actually that suitable (certainly for non-kinect xboxes anyway - and I can't use a kinect as my lounge setup doesn't really allow it) and not as functional as the previous version of the dashboard. And quite a few other xbox owners I know agree.
Makes me wonder how it'll go down on non-touchscreen devices running Windows 8...
- 01-06-2012, 05:56 AM #2
I detest the new Dashboard, it's a pain in the bum to navigate. (I know the bumpers move the top menu selections etc)
But no, alas i much preferred the previous dashboard.
Far easier to get what you wanted, and faster.
- 01-06-2012, 07:06 AM #3
Got my XBox/Kinect about the same time as the change, so it's all I know. Seems to work fine for me, and now that I repositioned my Kinect (top of TV) it's pretty easy to navigate.
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01-06-2012, 08:35 AM #4
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I think it's OK. It looks great, but it isn't functional AT ALL. It requires a lot more user actions to actually reach the page you want. Starting up the Zune Marketplace is horribly slow, and now required to view saved videos... :dry
The Companion App is quite disappointing as well. I would love to use it as a remote, when watching a DVD, but that's not possible. I would also love to swipe and tab the screen to navigate, instead of having to use the onscreen Xbox buttons.
But oh well, perhaps in the future.
Haven't tested it with Kinect actually, should do that. Last time I used Kinect was around the time Gunstringer came out.
- 01-08-2012, 09:26 PM #7
The two things that I actually like about it are the use of bumpers and the quicklist (or is it quickplay?). If it weren't for those two things, I wouldn't use my 360 for anything besides playing whatever disc is in the tray (I can use a computer hooked up to the TV faster than scrolling over to Netflix, Zune, etc.). My parents have a Kinect (yes, I'm ashamed that they do and I don't) and when I visited them for Christmas, I realized just how useful it is. The best part wasn't even the use of your hands. Voice control was the most useful when on the dashboard.
- 01-08-2012, 09:30 PM #8
I hated the old dashboard, old, slow, and cubersome with many illogical navigation paths (especially the marketplace).
The new Metro dashboard is much faster to get to what I want, where I want, when I want.
Imagine it like Windows 7 - some people are stuck in their way with XP/Vista's old way of User Interface, but Windows 7's GUI is, without doubt, superior and more efficient for the end user (not that it matters, I've had a short arguement with someone who would refuse to use anything but the old "up" button in Windows Explorer.... not kidding. The address bar is now clickable, and he'd rather click "up" several times, because he liked it more).
- 01-08-2012, 11:35 PM #9
The new Dashboard kills the old one. I can use one blatant observation to support this. Basically, the new Dashboard takes the old Dashboard, puts the menu headers horizontally instead of vertically (which allows for easier viewing of which menu is where), and then takes each huge tile we use to swipe through horizontally and makes them smaller and all viewable at the same time. How are either of these bad?
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- 01-09-2012, 06:33 AM #11
I just find it clunky navigating a grid of squares with a joypad. You can tell Metro is a UI designed for touch, and I understand MS want to push kinect, but to be honest Kinect games have no appeal for me at all (I have a Wii that does that sort of thing better anyway), so it's a bit annoying they've gone for a UI that works best with an add-on that not everyone will need or even want.
Also, the Bing results for content on your xbox and on xbox live are a bit hit and miss - it usually finds everything, but the order can be quite strange. And finding game add-on material is more cumbersome than it used to be.
I think it could work, but could have done/still do with more user testing.
- 01-09-2012, 12:12 PM #14
All the kinect games I've played have been simplistic mini-game affairs (with the exception of Child of Eden) or limited versions of/add-ons to "proper" games because that's more or less all you can do without buttons of some form. It's a great idea, but for games playing it's always going to be a bit hamstrung by that issue.
- 01-11-2012, 05:22 AM #16
Like I said, the bumpers and quicklist are the saving graces in this new UI. I just wish they were emphasized more or that there was a tutorial when you start up the new UI for the first time.
01-11-2012, 07:47 AM #17
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I like the new dashboard. It's quick to navigate, simple to use, and looks nice. My only complaints are, 1, the adverts (as stated in a different thread), and 2, there seems to be bug in the social section. The people you can see online are in fact, either not online or doing something completely different to what's indicated. There's zero correlation. Regarding the adverts... I'm a paying gold member so the dash doesn't need to be subsidised by adverts.