Editor’s comment: Microsoft is currently testing Night Mode with select Xbox Insiders. Some might argue that these quality of life improvements are long overdue, but at least Microsoft is finally addressing them.
The new feature can be found in the Settings menu for Xbox Insiders participating in Alpha Skip-Ahead Ring, an invitation-only program that allows contributors to test upcoming builds of the Xbox OS. As highlighted in a quick demo by Tom Warren of The Verge, users with access to Night Mode can adjust the brightness of their display as well as the amount of blue light to filter out.
Additional options include the ability to turn off HDR and change the overall theme. These options can be manually toggled or activated on a schedule.
The brightness settings even carry over to the controller and console, so you can dim the corresponding LEDs accordingly.
The idea here is to make it easier to fall asleep after a game, but these features can also be useful if you’re sharing a space with someone else trying to get some sleep (like in a dorm or other roommate situation).
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we can probably expect this feature to seep through various preview channels in the coming weeks or months before it becomes an official feature on all Xbox consoles in a future update.