Microsoft has decided to test on their console another function aimed at reducing the contrast of brightness between the various elements present in the environment. Excessive light, especially in dark conditions, can be very annoying. Just look, for example, at how annoying the status LED on a TV can be in a darkened room.
With this in mind, Microsoft has published the alpha 2109.210804-2200 in the Skip-Ahead channel for Xbox Insiders, and in it, it is already possible to find this night mode that, as we can read in their blog, dims the intensity of the LED lights of the controller and the Xbox itself. In addition, this mode will also allow you to dim the screen brightness and apply software filtering aimed at reducing the amount of blue light that, as you know, tends to generate eyestrain.
Additionally, with night mode the Xbox will also disable HDR image enhancement, a technique that makes images much more vivid and have considerably more contrast, but which can become annoying in dark environments if the images being displayed are very bright or if they have particularly intense colors.
A very interesting aspect of this new feature for Xbox is that it can be activated manually, but it will also be possible to configure the Xbox to turn on and off automatically at the time we specify. This way we will not have to worry about activating it. And it may seem silly, but it is very likely that if we are quite immersed in the game, it will take us a while to realize that it is not active, and surely the reminder will come when the view starts to bother us.
There is no expected date for this feature to reach all Xbox users, and since it is currently only in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring, we will most likely still need to wait a few months.