Xbox One "Surprise Me" Button and Customisable Home Dashboard in Testing

By Sean Carey,
xbox one surprise me button

Microsft has rolled out a new update to all Alpha Skip-Ahead testers that adds a new button to the upper right of the My Games & Apps section. The "Surprise Me" button will help players pick their next game to play by pulling a random game from their library and suggesting it.

Unfortunately, the feature is only available to those in the Xbox Insider testing program, specifically the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. It's currently unclear on how the feature works and what criteria go into selecting a game to play. Does it select a game that you've never played, or perhaps one you haven't played in a while? Redditor CaCHooKaMan has uploaded a video where you can see more of the feature.


Xbox Insiders are also getting a new way to manage their Home dashboard. Pressing the View button on the Xbox One controller brings up a new screen that allows users to add, remove or reorder what appears on their Home screen, as well as personalising it with a background and theme.

Customise Home screen Xbox One Dashboard

As mentioned earlier, these new features are only available to Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. This is the earliest phase of testing and is only open to Insiders who have been invited. Alpha Skip-Ahead testers receive preview builds of future Xbox One operating system releases. It will be a while before these features make it to the public, and that's if they make it at all.

What are your thoughts on the "Surprise Me" button and a new customisable Home dashboard? Let us know in the comments below.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.