Microsoft is currently testing a system-level night mode for Xbox consoles. Users in the Xbox Insiders Alpha Skip-Ahead ring will have access to these options right now.
This new update will give you the ability to set schedules for when your console goes into night mode, including manual scheduling and automatic scheduling according to your time zone’s sunrise and sunset times. In night mode you can set several parameters to make gaming in dark mode more comfortable, like an adjustable blue light filter (which can affect the ability to fall asleep), as well as the overall brightness of the image on your display.
This mode also allows you to toggle HDR on and off based on the time of day, preventing games from booting up with super high brightness levels. The update will finally let you toggle the brightness of the logo on the Xbox controller, along with the console itself.
Since the update is still in testing, Microsoft might change it as they receive more feedback. Typically, updates in the alpha ring don’t take too long to arrive to everyone else. In other Xbox news, Microsoft is planning another livestream during Gamescom this month, with several updates on already-announced titles being shown during the stream.