Xbox website changes design to resemble Xbox 360 ‘Blades’ dashboard

Xbox celebrates one of its first consoles as the Xbox 360 ‘Blades’ dashboard design is featured on the main page of the Xbox website.


Retro gaming has grown in popularity over the years, as what was new gets old, and Xbox celebrates retro gaming in a unique way. The official Xbox website has received a retro facelift to celebrate a classic dashboard design.

The Xbox website has returned to the Xbox 360 era with a home page that resembles the original dashboard of the seventh generation console and the second Microsoft console. This dashboard is known as the “Blades” design and it was launched with the Xbox 360 and remained the platform’s user interface until 2011 when it was revamped as part of the new Xbox experience. Xbox 360 fans who discovered the platform with the Xbox 360 Slim may not have come across the Blades Dashboard, but others are inundated with memories just by seeing it.

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The Xbox home page moves from page to page in the same way as the Xbox 360 UI using the Blades dashboard design. The revamped page currently has titles like Back 4 Blood, Far cry 6, and Nickelodeon Star Brawl within Blades, while little text bubbles direct Xbox fans to the Game Pass, games, consoles, accessories, game, and login pages. Taking those links will strip the Blades dashboard aesthetic in favor of the modern Xbox website design, suggesting that the Xbox 360 facelift was customized specifically for the homepage.


In 2011, Xbox overhauled the dashboard to use a tile system rather than the rounded edges of Blades and Gamerpics that Xbox 360 fans had become accustomed to. Since then, every Xbox that has been released has featured tile design. Microsoft released the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S last year, and consoles are keeping the tile design on a larger scale, with pins, games, and apps shown in full 4K.

The Xbox 360 was originally released on November 22, 2005, and Xbox may have prepared their website early in anticipation of the sixteenth anniversary. Many franchises that started with the Xbox 360 generation continue today, such as Alan wake, Forza Horizon, Weaponry of war, and Minecraft. It’s currently unclear whether Xbox plans to update the Xbox Series X / S to allow gamers to choose the classic Blades dashboard design in the future.

Xbox fans are no strangers to the Xbox 360 thanks to the full backward compatibility offered by the new consoles and the inclusion of various 360 games on Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox Series X / S also features a classic animated original Xbox dashboard background reminiscent of the original Microsoft console splash screen. The Xbox dashboard has evolved several times over the years and the design of the blades of XboxThe website is celebrated by many online gamers.

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