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Microsoft are testing 4K UI resolution for Xbox Series X dashboard

Published: 07:24, 17 August 2021
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Players who are part of the Xbox Insider program will get to test 4K resolution for Xbox Series X's dashboard, which was previously set at 1080p. The new resolution should make the UI much sharper and easier to use.

Xbox Series X console might be the most powerful console ever created but it still packs only 1080p resolution for its dashboard, which does not seem like a big deal at first but ideally, you don't want that on your super-expensive 4K HDR TV. The native resolution is certainly a way to go, especially for Series X.

Sony's PlayStation 5 rocks 4K resolution for its dashboard since launch which is one of the advantages that the blue team has at the moment. However, Xbox is finally upgrading its dashboard resolution. Players who are part of the Xbox Insider program have the opportunity to test a higher resolution UI on Xbox Series X when connected to a 4K display. 

"Home, Guide and other areas of the UI will be displayed in a higher native resolution for increased sharpness and text readability," the Xbox team say via the official blog.

Some players pointed out that 4K resolution could result in worse performance in games since it uses more memory but the Xbox team confirmed that there won't be any changes to available memory for games.

Microsoft Xbox Store screenshot showing Batman Arkham Knight with X|S badge Xbox Series X UI will be 4K for Xbxo Insiders

So basically, you get a nice bump in UI resolution but your games memory stays the same so the in-game performance won't suffer.

The resolution improvement is now in testing phase and should be officially launching later. Microsoft did not specify any dates, sadly.

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