8 Disastrous Failures That Killed The Xbox One

8. The Cluttered UI


Formed of a mesh of variably-sized panels, the Xbox One's dashboard has always felt less like a simple, accessible front-end serving as a gateway for its user's needs and more like a busy storefront populated with bright colours and attention-grabbing images - all splayed out on one cluttered screen vying for your attention. It's a visual noise that could be better filled with more relevant information.

The PlayStation 4 by no means provides a perfect alternative, by the way, but it's clean, uncluttered and navigable without first having to Google an answer for how to access any particular feature.

Adverts, deals, promotions; these things all exist on Sony's platform too, but they're either tucked away in the segregated storefront or kept hidden from view, ready and waiting to show themselves only to users actively looking for relevant details.

Simplicity, to an extent, is key for a frustration-free experience, something Microsoft seemingly forgot in its quest to make the Xbox One's UI look like a digital catalogue.

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