- May 4, 2013
Microsoft, killer of start buttons, subtly vanquished yet another start button last week – so subtly, in fact, that most people didn't notice.
In its ongoing effort to purge the world of start buttons, Microsoft is calling the two contextual buttons on the Xbox One's controller the "view" and "menu" buttons; the Xbox 360 controller's buttons in the same location are called the "back" and "start" buttons. In a statement released to IGN, Microsoft said the view button, located on the left, can "change views or provide more information in games and apps" while pressing the menu button brings up "context-specific menus which game and app developers can design to enhance the user experience."
Possible uses of the view button include "viewing a map during a role playing game, displaying a leaderboard in a first person shooter, and enhancing the navigation of the console's user interface," according to Microsoft's statement. Examples of tasks performed by the menu button include "bringing up in-game menus, showing video playback options, and accessing commands on the console's user interface."
Microsoft's last high-profile start button axing came when the company removed the iconic button from Windows 8. Angry mobs forming across the Internet have reportedly resulted in Microsoft's decision to add the button back in Windows 8.1, though the company has yet to reveal any plans to make up for all the hurt feelings and tears shed over the button's removal.
Source: IGN | Image via Microsoft