It looks like the Xbox Dashboard is getting a higher resolution upgrade for the Xbox Series X in a forthcoming update.
Xbox Insiders are currently able to download the latest Xbox Update Preview from this week (spotted by Eurogamer). The patch notes reveal that one of the big changes includes a much-requested update for those playing on a 4K display. “With today’s update, Alpha Skip-Ahead Insiders on Xbox Series X consoles connected to a 4K display can begin flighting an increased resolution UI,” it reads. “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.”
While the update doesn’t out-and-out state that the dashboard now runs at a native 4K, the transition between the dashboard and games playing in 4K should theoretically now be much less jarring. It’s a feature that has been requested since the console was launched back in November, as the dashboard currently runs in 1080p. This can result in a “flicker” effect on some displays, as they change between the dashboard resolution and a game running at 4K.
The PlayStation 5, meanwhile, has supported a 4K UI since it launched back in November. While the Xbox Series S doesn’t have true 4K, it can upscale images when connected to a compatible display. It’s currently not known if the improvement will be coming to that console too.
There’s no word on when the Xbox Dashboard update will arrive for everyone else. But until then, members of the Alpha Skip-Ahead program can download the preview update now via the Xbox Insider app.