Microsoft is starting to test a new 4K dashboard for the Xbox Series X today. Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring will get access to the increased resolution for the Xbox dashboard later today, designed to improve UI elements for 4K displays.
“This change means Home, Guide, and other areas of the UI will be displayed in a higher native resolution for increased sharpness and text readability,” says Microsoft’s Xbox testing team.
Until this new 4K dashboard, Xbox Series X consoles had been running dashboard UI elements at 1080p. Native 4K elements for Home, Guide, and other parts of the dashboard will greatly improve how the Xbox Series X appears on 4K TVs.
It’s not yet clear whether HDR will also be supported as part of this new resolution bump, and whether the Xbox Series S will also see improvements to its dashboard resolution. The smaller Xbox Series S can technically output at 4K, so it’s possible this console will also see dashboard improvements.
These new Xbox dashboard changes come just days after Microsoft also started testing a new night mode for various Xbox consoles. The new night mode allows Xbox owners to dim their screens, controller LED brightness, and even the Xbox power button. Both the 4K dashboard and night mode should start rolling out to all Xbox Series X consoles later this year.