A Zwift newbie here with only 2 1/2 hours or so in my legs, but I wanted to share some thoughts regarding the interface. I know Zwift is still in Beta, but there do seem to be a few obvious things missing (or perhaps I am just missing them - please point out if I am).
Firstly, there does not appear to be any obvious way of changing settings after the initial screen. I can’t see a settings button or anything like that?
Second, I don’t understand why I am forced to ride the London course Monday - Thursday. I tried out the Watopia course for the first time last night and road the ‘Hilly Route’, which I loved (I love climbing). I bought a trainer for use in the evenings during the week (and when it is raining) when it is simply not practical to go out after work. If I’m riding at the weekend, I will be outside on my bike not indoors on a trainer! Please give us the option to change the course.
Finally, when just going on a ride, there is an option to select what ‘route’ you want to do. Why is there no information about these routes when scrolling through? It seems like a pretty obvious oversight that would not occur with any regular game company. The first time I loaded up Zwift, I had to faff around trying to look at Zwift’s website on my mobile to decipher what ‘London 8’ and ‘Classique’ were. Is there a plan to implement an information window which tells you basic information about the routes you are selecting (i.e. length of lap, elevation gain, maybe even a small 2D course diagram with a gradient heat map?). Something like that would add a lot to the experience in my view.
Generally, taking the above into account as a whole, the user interface is quite ‘flashy’ with its bright colours and swanky music, but there appears to be little of substance to it at the moment. Is there a plan to improve the interface throughout the beta?