Xbox One is dropping the Xbox 360's 'Guide' interface, Microsoft has confirmed.

Instead, pressing the Xbox button on the Xbox One controller will now take players directly to the dashboard, shrinking down whatever content they're currently running to the background.

Xbox LIVE's Larry Hryb and corporate VP Marc Whitten discussed the changes to the Xbox interface on this week's Major Nelson podcast.

"I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I became accustomed to the new dashboard and the fact that when I hit the Xbox button whatever I'm doing shrinks down, and all of a sudden there's the whole dashboard," said Hryb.

"The fun thing about 360 - and we've been doing this for a long time - is you had the dashboard and you had the Guide, but you couldn't get to the rest of the dashboard because then you would leave your game behind," added Whitten.

"Now that it's all one thing, and all of the power of Xbox is there right behind that Xbox button, ready for you to say 'Xbox home', 'Xbox resume game', your ability to go instantly in and out of that, it just changes how free you feel moving in between experiences."

Whitten also confirmed that the Xbox One GPU's clock speed had been improved by 6 per cent since E3, increasing from 800MHz to 853MHz, and that final dev kits were now in the hands of the developers.

Xbox One launches this November.