Original Xbox Dashboard Now Available on Xbox Series X|S

Microsoft is rolling out the May update for the Xbox Series X|S and users can now select the original Xbox dashboard animation as a dynamic background.As reported by Tom Warren of The Verge, Microsoft rolled out new dynamic backgrounds today for the Xbox Series X and Series S. One of them is called “The Original” and it is the glowy green orb made famous by the original Xbox back in 2001.

You can check out Warren’s preview of the dynamic background below.

When the Xbox was first released in 2001, there has been a growing nostalgia for Microsoft’s first game console.

The original “Duke” controller, for example, was comically large when it first came out but now is a cherished bit of gaming memorabilia. Hyperkin recently re-released the Duke controller and IGN spoke with Seamus Blackley, who was one of the original members of the Xbox team, to talk about it.

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Something else about the original Xbox that you might not know is that the boot screen, the one where a neon green blob is generated by some machines, has been lost forever. But that’s because there is no original “video,” the boot screen and logo are all generated algorithmically in real-time.

Other improvements to the Xbox Series X|S coming in May’s update include even faster Quick Resume times, passthrough audio options, and even stronger family controls for gamers with kids.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.

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