The Xbox has gone through several visual periods over its lifespan, from an edgy yet somehow dull green alien thing to a modern look that could be described as “I know how to use Excel, but I can still have fun. to have.” But like you stumble upon a high school Facebook album, you can still hold onto a bit of the past. As noted by editor-in-chief Tom Warrenoriginal Xbox background is now an option for Xbox Series X / S.
The new (old) styling was added as a new dynamic background as part of Tuesday’s system update, which notably also brought improvements to the fast resume. Titled “The Original,” it looks like a higher-resolution version of the glowing green sphere that was in the center of the first Xbox’s user interface. Note: it is not the interface itself (Microsoft wouldn’t just give up tiles), but it is a recognizable part of it.
My experience with the original Xbox is admittedly second-hand. For me, it was the loud box that lived at my friend’s house and let us play Halo: Combat Evolved. But I think you can get a pretty solid dose of nostalgia just by looking at this background and remembering what used to be. A simpler, greener time, when consoles were consoles and not Metro-inspired (or I think Fluent Design-inspired) pseudo-Windows machines.
Microsoft and the Xbox team have been through a lot since the launch of the Xbox in 2001 – the Xbox One was positioned as a sort of cable box – but it lacks some charm in the current dashboard and user experience. That charm was exchanged for a much better, if more complicated experience overall, but the heart still remembers what the brain has forgotten.
For a longer trip down memory lane, check out our visual history of the Xbox Dashboard and work with me to figure out how the Xbox 360’s “Blades” can be crammed into Series X and S.