Zwift has unveiled its latest lineup of updates, leading to an inevitable backlash from users unhappy with the app’s new interface.
The virtual training platform announced last week that it was rolling out a new user interface for almost all PC and Mac users who had set their preferred language to English. Changes include faster load times on startup, an improved event UI, new music, the ability to access the garage before starting a ride, and the ability to run through any world while doing a workout .
However, the updates were criticized by some indoor workout enthusiasts, who described the new home screen layout as “pathetic”, while others questioned the omission of the Zwift’s “Ride With” feature, which allowed users to automatically join friends currently on course.
While some members of The Zwift Online Forum were happy with the changes, others criticized the layout and scaling of the updated home screen, which one user said meant that “everything requires more clicks/scrolls than ‘previously”.
On Twitter, Hamish wrote, “Zwift’s new UI is pretty cool, but is there supposed to be that big blank area in the middle of the home screen? I also couldn’t scroll. Otherwise, I really like the other improvements! »
New #Zwift The UI is pretty cool, but is there supposed to be that big blank area in the middle of the home screen? I also couldn’t scroll. Otherwise, I really like the other improvements! pic.twitter.com/jLXTfJdMmz
— Hamish O’Neill (@hamishoneill) April 29, 2022
Some users have been downright more direct in their assessment of the new interface, with one saying that “we literally deserve a refund for that pathetic ‘updated’ screen that we’re forced to beta test “.
Another member described the updates as a “nightmare” and claimed it was now “very cumbersome” to access frequently taken routes.
> Zwift waives ban on user who exposed weight doping hack
The lack of the “Ride With” feature, which – unlike creating a scheduled Meetup event – allowed users to join someone already riding at any time, also proved a source of great concern. consternation among Zwifters.
A forum member wrote, “I just canceled my Zwift account because of this update.
“The ‘Ride With’ feature is important to me and the main reason I came to Zwift from RGT. Now I can’t use it because Zwift literally ‘forced’ this new (incomplete) update on me and others. Other users may not care about the “Ride With” feature, but this user does.
“So I’m not paying for something I can’t use.”
Responding to questions about the future of the “Ride With” feature, Zwift’s community forum manager said, “We’re still working on it, but no ETA to announce at this time. We know it’s a big priority to bring back.
However, not everyone is unhappy with the changes. One user argued that the new interface “feels more useful and provides access to things I want to be able to access before I start a ride”, and described the torrent of Zwift community reviews as a “classic” ne. may not please everyone. ‘ moment”.
We’ve reached out to Zwift for comment and will update this story when they get back to us.
> Wahoo buys the virtual training platform RGT Cycling… and lays off 50 employees
Zwift’s controversial redesign of its interface coincided with Wahoo’s purchase of rival virtual training platform RGT Cycling.
The launch of the Wahoo X subscription service will allow users to access all training content from the Wahoo SYSTM and RGT virtual cycle routes under a single login.
However, the announcement came amid reports of around 50 layoffs at the company, which Wahoo said were part of “strategic changes”.