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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Incoming?

Jonathan Lester
Games news, Microsoft, Patch, PayPal, Title update, Xbox 360

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Incoming?

According to a leaked internal memo sent to Joystiq, Microsoft are planning to roll out their next Xbox 360 dashboard update on May 19th. As well as support for the new Xbox 360 disc format (which provides "additional storage on a game disc and an additional layer of copy protection"), this new patch will reportedly include PayPal functionality that will allow British and European customers to directly pay for Microsoft Points and Xbox Live subscription without the need for a credit card.

Microsoft have spoken out to say that they have "nothing to announce" on the matter. We'll keep you posted.

Considering the recent PSN woes, are you worried that PayPal might provide a potential weak link in Xbox Live security? Or will it be a convenient boon that helps to create more competition over subscription and points prices? Drop us a line in the comments!

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Kris Lyons  May. 10, 2011 at 12:22

I welcome PayPal as a payment method, for a number of reasons.

It's always nice to have some options, as obviously not everyone has a credit card. Paypal only requires a bank account, and potentially opens up the marketplace to people not old enough for credit cards. Also - I remember the process of having a credit card I didn't want tied to my account removing was pretty intense. Had to make a number of phonecalls to MS Support to get it removed! (Think this has all been ironed out since my issues with this 2-3 years back now).

Kudos, MS. It's a good step forward.

Gunn  May. 10, 2011 at 13:34

Well yeah you'd always assume using a credit card is safest option, I'd be a lot more worried if I knew the PSN hackers had my bank account details. Depending on the integration I guess it does open the door to the potential that if your account is hacked, then perhaps they can get access to your paypal account, but I'm sure PayPal is aware of this and would hopefully like the credit card companies cover the bill

ODB  May. 10, 2011 at 13:43

With the MS takeover of Skype I'm sure at some point they'll integrate it into XBL. Imagine how many extra units they could shift if they integrated it to Kinect...Full screen video and voice capture.

Matter of time and I wouldn't be surprised if its coming sooner than people think

ODB  May. 10, 2011 at 14:10

BOLLOCKS! Should have stuck a bet on!

From Engadget:

"It was pretty much known about since last night, but Microsoft and Skype have now obliterated any lingering doubt in the matter: the Redmond-based software giant will acquire the internet telephony company for a cool $8.5 billion in cash. Xbox and Kinect support are explicitly mentioned in the announcement of this definitive agreement, as is Windows Phone integration -- both the gaming and mobile aspects being presumably key incentives for Microsoft to acquire Skype. Importantly, this purchase shouldn't affect Skypers outside of the Microsoft ecosystem, as Steve Ballmer's team promises to continue "to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." Skype was first sold for a relative bargain at $2.5b to eBay in 2005, who in turn sold most of it off to Silver Lake in 2009 at an overall valuation of $2.75b, and now Redmond is concluding proceedings by tripling those earlier prices and offering Skype a permanent home. A new Microsoft Skype Division will now be opened up to accommodate the newcomers, with current Skype CEO Tony Bates becoming president of that operation and reporting directly to Ballmer. The deal is expected to close by the end of this year and you can read Microskype's full announcement after the break. "

Jonathan Lester  May. 10, 2011 at 14:12

Haha, we're running that story in 3 minutes...

ODB  May. 10, 2011 at 14:37

I'd also like it put on the thread that I beat you to A) Posting it and B) Predicting it

I posted my thoughts originally on AVForums a while before that too! I honestly don't get why no one saw this coming?! Its so obvious!

Gunn  May. 10, 2011 at 14:52

Your neighbours bitterwallet mentioned the story at 8am this morning, were you just waiting for a confirmation first?

ODB  May. 10, 2011 at 15:07

Its been roughly known for a few days I think but its only been confirmed (with all the XBL details) this afternoon

Jonathan Lester  May. 10, 2011 at 15:16

Ah, the Skype buyout was only confirmed as of about 1300
GMT - and it was only really suitable for our Mobile and Consumer sites without the Kinect/XBL support confirmation.

@ODB: Haha, I'd have beaten you if we didn't leave a clear hour between 1 and 2. Seriously though, credit where credit's due - and especially for predicting it. :) It'll be very interesting to see where this rabbit hole leads.

ODB  May. 10, 2011 at 15:39

Its weird though...I was discussing it at work this morning too...knew it would happen but didnt think they'd be as far as they are with this plan

Makes complete sense though and if they do this right it will be HUGE...seriously huge. Might not seem that big to some but if you stop and think about this its much bigger than people think.

This will turn this console into an effective global communication tool...a family ueable one at that. It will legitimise owning one for many. Imagine that...people working from home will suddenly be able to video conference from their own living room on thier/their kids games console. This is big now but wait until the next console comes out (rumoured to be announced relatively soon), motion control, global video and comms...this is fucking HUGE

Matt Gardner  May. 10, 2011 at 15:49

The possibilities are massive, I agree.

But this... 'if they do this right' ...is really the crux of the matter. It'll be very interesting to see 1. How Microsoft hope to recoup the enormous amount spent and 2. Whether or not they can realise said potential. I hope they can, I really really do.

ODB  May. 10, 2011 at 16:02

TBH I think they'll do it right first time....the amount of money involved they'd have too. However I think they'll take their time with it...its a new market they are aiming at so they can afford to take it slowly as its obviously a long term investment...all they have to do is maintain Skype as is to keep users happy, everything else is a bonus. I'm guessing they will integrate into Messenger too...which 360 has already (though why anyone would currently use it...it takes long enough to type codes in let alone using it for IM purposes!!) so maybe its a complete overhaul and integration plan

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