Xbox One will launch with a new Dashboard. Taking obvious design cues from Windows 8, Microsoft's approach with its next-gen console is simplicity. With each Xbox 360 update adding more clutter and more ads, it's refreshing to see the company go back to basics. Whereas Xbox 360 had you swiping through multiple blades--a remnant of the original 360 Dashboard--Xbox One puts everything you need on one page.
You'll be able to quickly launch (or resume) the game you're currently playing by hitting the big featured box. Underneath that are four boxes that are dynamically propagated with your most recently used apps and games. Many apps, like your friends list, will reside in memory and launch instantly when accessed from this area.