Xbox Insiders may soon notice a change in the way they make digital purchases on Xbox One. The Microsoft Store on Xbox is getting overhauled, with Microsoft touting it as being more than twice as fast as the previous Xbox Store, starting up in fewer than two seconds.
Alongside blazing fast speeds, the new user interface and search feature are being overhauled. Finding the correct edition of the game you’re looking for will be easier now, as you can specify which one you want from the game’s sales page. The update also rebuilds the wish list, letting gamers add games to their personal list and keep an eye out for sales on what they want even more easily.
On the latest episode of Xbox Live, Director of Programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb’s podcast, he walks through the update with Program Manager for the Xbox Store, Cody Bird. “We wanted to take this opportunity as we start getting into the Xbox Series X launch to do a real overhaul and rethink how we can make that experience the best it possibly can be,” Bird says.
Making the store the best it can be includes additional safety features to ensure accounts restricted by Family Settings only see content in the store appropriate for that account. It also means optimizing the store for use with a controller, as well as making it easier to find what games are included in your Game Pass subscription.
With Microsoft having stated the current Xbox One user interface is what players should expect to see when the Xbox Series X releases later this year, it’s good to know they’re working hard on updating some of the more dates features of the interface.