Microsoft Has Managed To Make The Xbox One Marketplace Even Worse…

I was hoping that the new Windows 10 interface would overhaul the Xbox Marketplace in a good way. It didn’t… When I looked on my friends list and saw my friends playing the Battlefront Beta, I’ll tell you guys all about later, I wanted to play too so I went to the Xbox Marketplace to find it.

I couldn’t find it anywhere. All that shows on the homepage of the marketplace is new releases, and most popular games. There are no categories for me to click on whatsoever.

One thing I love about Steam is how easy it is for me to find what I’m looking for. If I want to play a strategy game all I have to do is click on the strategy game option on the top of the page and it’ll show me all of the strategy games that Steam has. Why doesn’t Microsoft do something like this with the Xbox One?

The Xbox Marketplace, and Playstation even though I think the Playstation Store is a little better to navigate, is a pain in the ass to navigate. It’s one of the reasons why I don’t buy games for my Xbox One. The last game I purchased was The Witcher 3 for both Xbox One, and PC. I downloaded them both and only completed the Xbox version of the game.

That was months ago. I’m most likely going to get Battlefront on my PC just like I do all my multiplatform games. Everything about the Windows 10 makeover is fantastic. It has a few bugs that need to be worked out, but I expected as much and it’s not really a big deal. It’s small things like party chat that give me minor problems.

Hopefully Microsoft will keep tweaking the Xbox Marketplace and add some categories to it over time because right now I really don’t like it.

What do you guys think of new Xbox dashboard? What do you think of the marketplace?

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Author: Drakulus

I'm a hardcore gamer that enjoys every type of genre there is. I'm also a father of four kids, two girls and two boys, and love to write about whatever pops into my head.

14 thoughts on “Microsoft Has Managed To Make The Xbox One Marketplace Even Worse…”

  1. I don’t have many problems searching the PSN store. The only thing that deters me from buying stuff from there are the prices. Disgaea 5 is £59 on PSN and £37 on Amazon for example.

    Sad to hear that Xbox players have to make do with a naff Market Place. Very strange as a few years back the Xbox was regarded as the system with the best online features. Given that Microsoft has a pedigree in PC software you would think they could design a better UI.

    1. Microsoft still does have the best online features in my opinion. The only problem is the marketplace right now. I think both Xbox and Playstation could do better in that area, but Playstation has a slightly better store right now.

  2. I just updated to the New Xbox One Experience W10 interface and was hoping for something similar. Unfortunately, I still loathe browsing the Xbox marketplace on Xbox One.

    Every Tuesday Xbox has a Games With Gold sale for its Gold subscribers, and a Spotlight sale for everyone. The only problem is that games included in the Spotlight sale are rarely (if ever) advertised anywhere in the UI. Not the Home screen, not the store. The only way to even find them is to find a list of games included (usually I find these over at majornelson.com) and MANUALLY search for them. How is this helping?

    I wish they’d add genre tabs or at least more than new releases, top paid (who cares about this?), top free, demos, and early access. If you go to the Playstation Store, there’s a sales tab under games. I’m not a huge fan of either store’s layout, but PSN is definitely superior to Xbox’s marketplace.

      1. For being as consumer focused as Xbox has been lately, I’m surprised they make the store such a pain to navigate. You figure if you make it a more enjoyable experience, people will spend more money.

      2. True, but I guess most people still like to buy actual hard copies of their games. I like all my stuff digital, except my Wii U games, because I have four kids that like to mess with things.

      3. As someone who has primarily played console games since 1985, it was hard for me to let discs go. Something about seeing all of my games on my shelf, I don’t know.

        This console generation has made me appreciate going the digital route though. Being able to jump from game to game to game without swapping discs in and out has been awesome. If I’m unsure about a game, like Mad Max, i’ll buy the disc so I can sell it on eBay if I don’t end up liking it. But otherwise I go the digital route now.

  3. There’s still a lot of the old Xbox One interface in there right now which I hope goes soon but its a lot faster where it matters (friends, party, notifications). I will admit I tend to use the Xbox website for purchases if I can. 🙂

    1. I was noticing the biggest slowdown on my Games & Apps tab because I have 50-60 games uninstalled. The size of the uninstalled menu caused my Games & App tab to trudge along at a snail’s pace, but the new W10 update fixed that completely. The new UI is significantly faster, but the store interface really, really needs a facelift.

      1. I agree with all of your statements. I would like to add that my games crash more often now and some times when I click the Xbox button it doesn’t take me back to my dashboard. It just says error… it’s weird.

      2. Once I updated and BEFORE I restarted my console, my Home button wasn’t taking me back to the home screen but would instead just cause my game to crash. Haven’t had the problem since giving the console a hard restart.

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