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Xbox One dashboard leaks, shows off Instant Switching functionality

The Xbox One dashboard has leaked in a new hands-on video, courtesy of one beta tester who is sure to be facing law suits in the near future.

Just over two minutes long, the video show the Xbox One dashboard in beta and even shows off the new Instant Switching functionality of Microsoft’s next-generation console.

Posted by a YouTube user by the name of Jackson Carter, the original video has now been removed, but that hasn’t stopped other users posting mirror versions of the video (one of which is included below).

The shaky camera footage showcases the Xbox One dashboard, which features Live Tiles or “Pins” similar to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone-style interface to the left of the home screen.

On the home screen itself are icons for the Xbox Live store, video content, settings menu, recently played game and something that’s called Savage Frontier. Although we’re not quite sure what this is yet, one Xbox developer has said it is “not an AAA game, internal demo developed with NASA.”

To the right of the home screen is a “What’s New on Xbox One” tab, followed by larger Live Tiles for Games, Movies & TV and other content types.

Also shown off during the Xbox One dashboard beta video is the Instant Switching functionality of the Xbox One.

The new feature allows users to switch between games, music, live TV, movies and other content using voice commands or using the Xbox One Wireless Controller. As seen in the video, the game continues to play in a window while users browse through the other content stored on their console.

This new functionality was given a proper showing during the Xbox One unveiling along with Snap Mode, which allows multitasking on the console. Multiple apps are shoved into a sidebar similar to that in Windows 8, with users able to pull out any they want to switch to with ease.

The YouTube user does say that the beta dashboard still “has a lot of bugs”, but with two months until the Xbox One release date on November 22, Microsoft still has time to sort out any issues.

Next, read our Xbox One vs PS4 comparison.  

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