Conversation Piece: Entertainment on Xbox

With a recent preview update, the entertainment tab on the Xbox One dashboard has been replaced with a tab for Game Pass. Naturally, Xbox wants to play up Game Pass. It’s their Netflix system for gaming, and (in all honesty) it’s a great value for what it offers.

But… what about entertainment?

If you were to pick up a shiny new Xbox One, and all of the tabs you see across the top have nothing to do with entertainment (to be clear we’re talking about Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, etc…), how would you know that entertainment is a thing you could do with an Xbox One?

I, personally, don’t see why entertainment can’t still have a tab on the dashboard, but that could possibly create a slippery slope — then you’ll want a clubs tab, accessories tab, etc.

So, let’s talk: How much of a focus, on the Xbox dashboard, should entertainment have? It worries me that something that truly adds value to this console is getting this de-emphasized… Am I crazy?

Author: Marques Lyons

We should all view today as another chance to better tomorrow. Microsoft Xbox MVP. Fitbit user. Wokeish. Music connoisseur. Disney enthusiast. UC Irvine alum.

2 thoughts on “Conversation Piece: Entertainment on Xbox”

  1. I think that the overwhelming majority of people who purchase – or are gifted – an Xbox are already well aware of its entertainment capabilities. While a separate tab can group all those apps into an easily acquired section, it becomes redundant when a user can just pin the desired apps to the main screen.

    Also, with the proliferation of devices like Roku and Fire tv – as well as smart TVs, I won’t be at all surprised if most people used those devices instead of the Xbox for streaming content.

  2. I hear you. I think they’re testing out the Game Pass tab for a couple possible reasons. They want to boost visibility of the service to non-subscribers, or make discoverability of the available titles better for subscribers.

    I also agree that I don’t want to see more tabs, like Clubs, Accessories, etc, but I would like to see the Community tab change into a “Hot” or “Top” tab, where it’s less high volume posts from people I don’t know, playing games I don’t play. I’d like to see more of a general tab where they use (buzz word alert) AI or machine learning to highlight games and entertainment they think I would enjoy. Highlight apps, movies, games, Calendar events from the Community Calendar, etc. Maybe even make it an Xbox focused Cortana tab? I guess if you do that you run into the question of promoting apps by developers that aren’t paying those advertising dollars for those promoted slots? Hmmm.

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