In parallel with the Inside Xbox conference during which the list of the first games for Xbox Series X was unveiled, the console’s startup animation was officially presented.
Unlike the animation for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, this one does not display the name of the console, but just the “Xbox” brand name.
Yesterday, we followed live for you Microsoft’s announcements regarding the list of games that will accompany the launch of the console at the end of the year.
In this list, you will find very famous licenses, such as Assassin’s Creed, Dirt, Yakuza or Vampire The Masquerade.
You have certainly also discovered the new licenses, such as Scorn, Chorus and The Medium. More than a dozen titles will be available at launch.
And some will even be available before the launch, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which will first be released on Xbox One.
But thanks to Smart Delivery, you’ll be able to buy it on Xbox One and then play it on the Xbox Series X version. That’s one of the great news announced at this Inside Xbox conference.
And even though we haven’t had a chance to look at the console’s final spec sheet yet, the various trailers show that it’s going to have some in its belly.
Microsoft has not presented the interface of the console either. Will it be closer to that of the Xbox One, all vertical, or that of the Xbox 360, which advocates horizontal navigation (a bit like the old dashboard of the One)?
Will it still use the tile and block system, or will it evolve to a new way of managing games, communities and applications?
Towards A Little More Simplicity?
However, a first element of the interface was unveiled yesterday. Not during the Inside conference, but on Twitter.
Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson, director of programming and the Xbox Live network, posted the following message on his account: it contains a very short video unveiling the console’s startup animation.
An animation that you will see very often if you buy the console. So this information is important, especially since it certainly sets the tone for what to expect from the rest of the Xbox Series X experience.
The video is only a few seconds long. It simply shows the Xbox logo in full screen mode (see the image at the top of this article).
Underneath is displayed not the name of the console, but the generic name of the family: Xbox.
This is an important detail: the animation of the last two generations of consoles displayed their names at startup, as you can see on the screenshots below.
So there’s an effort to come back to something simpler (or even less ostentatious). Let’s hope that this impression will spread to the rest of the experience.