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New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Rolls Out Today

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Matt Gardner
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Dashboard Update, Internet Explorer, Xbo Video, Xbox Live, Xbox music

New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Rolls Out Today

Kills Off Zune

The latest Xbox 360 dashboard update is available from today, offering up integrated web browsing via Internet Explorer, delivering new streaming media opportunities with Xbox Music, serving up a banquet of improved search and personalisation options, and rebranding the video streaming services with Xbox Video.

Zune is no more. Well, the name at least.

"Our initial deployment will reach approximately three million consoles worldwide," announced Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, "with additional users being updated over the course of a couple weeks. Don’t panic if you don’t see an immediate update, just keep checking back in.

The big changes are, of course, the addition of IE, and Microsoft's Spotify-challenger: Xbox Music. Although the Windows 8 version will support ad-support free access, you'll need to pay the £8.99 monthly subscription fee for the Xbox Music Pass if you want to stream music via your console.

The Zune Video Marketplace is pretty much the same, the only change being the rebrand to Xbox Video, but it's certainly a striking symbolic change, and (finally!) n admission that the Zune brand has been something of a failure.

Here's  the full list of features, courtesy of Major Nelson:

  • Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination.
  • Internet Explorer for Xbox. With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos.
  • Recommendations and Ratings. Recommendations will allow you to discover new favorites, generated based on a number of variables including the content you previously viewed, what your friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community. You can now rate content yourself and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.
  • Pinning. Pinning lets you personalize the dashboard by saving your favorite movies, TV shows, games, music, videos and websites right to the home screen. It’s as easy as opening an app or a favorite movie and clicking “pin.”
  • Xbox Video. Formerly called Zune Video Marketplace, Xbox Video offers hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies for buying or renting in instant HD streaming.
  • Recent. Previously called Quick Play, the Recent view gives you a list of movies, games, apps or other types of content that you most recently accessed on the console.
  • Enhanced Search. The last Xbox LIVE update brought Bing voice search to Xbox so you could use voice to search for movies, TV shows, actors, directors and artists. This year we added genre search to the list, so now you can search for action, comedy, romance, drama or sci-fi. Bing voice search now includes results for video across the Web, including YouTube.
  • International Expansion of Voice Search. We’ve expanded our Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland.

 

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GetsugaTenshoS  Oct. 16, 2012 at 16:58

I've been in the beta for this since it started a while back. Good to see that it's finally out now, that beta lasted for a very long time. I noticed it was out when a friend was using Internet Explorer.

It's a very nice looking update and navigating the dashboard is made far easier with it. Also, I've not seen this mentioned anywhere even on the beta forums which is bewildering but your recent menu, games and videos stored on your hard drive will now load up instantly in the appropriate sections. You no longer have to wait a few minutes for everything to load up when your turn on your 360 or go back to the dashboard if you have a lot of content stored. The Pins section will take a while to load up but other sections are nice and quick.

Now, I wonder how long it will take before I start seeing negative comments about the update and people moaning about how they want the blades back in the comments on most sites despite the current dashboard essentially being an updated version of the blades.

Reser  Oct. 16, 2012 at 18:00

I am surprised they do not just give the Xbox Windows 8 as well, since they are so determined to make it one operating system for all. It is pretty metro looking already anyway.

Would not be surprised if the new Xbox 720 sports Windows 8.

Last edited by Reser, Oct. 16, 2012 at 18:01
GetsugaTenshoS  Oct. 16, 2012 at 21:54

I am surprised they do not just give the Xbox Windows 8 as well, since they are so determined to make it one operating system for all. It is pretty metro looking already anyway.

Would not be surprised if the new Xbox 720 sports Windows 8.


Well you never know for the next Xbox that's released. The Xbox 360 wouldn't be able to support that OS. I think what MS are going for anyhow is more a unified platform where everyone connects with each other and has a similar UI but isn't necessarily the same.

The new Xbox could well support it in some form but I also have a sneaking suspicion that the next Xbox will have the same dashboard the 360 does at the time of release with more features.

Tsung  Oct. 17, 2012 at 10:25

The only feature I want removed from the old dash is the stupid advert tiles.. I could live with the advert tile, but the volume of the advert when I inadvertently highlight it is STUPID / ANNOYING. Made worse by the fact the other tiles make no noise, so you go from quietly navigating the menu to FULL VOLUME ADVERT..

Still I guess Microsoft has my money so they don't care... :/

GetsugaTenshoS  Oct. 17, 2012 at 13:31

The only feature I want removed from the old dash is the stupid advert tiles.. I could live with the advert tile, but the volume of the advert when I inadvertently highlight it is STUPID / ANNOYING. Made worse by the fact the other tiles make no noise, so you go from quietly navigating the menu to FULL VOLUME ADVERT..

Still I guess Microsoft has my money so they don't care... :/


I have to agree with you on that one. At the very least I'd like to be able to mute or set the volume of ads. The difference in volume is ridiculous, no need for them to be that loud.

RiKx  Oct. 17, 2012 at 16:04



Still I guess Microsoft has my money so they don't care... :/


I have to agree with you on that one. At the very least I'd like to be able to mute or set the volume of ads. The difference in volume is ridiculous, no need for them to be that loud.


no need for them at all on a service you PAY for...

UMOANINGBABYS  Oct. 22, 2012 at 00:02

WHY DONT U ALL SHUT YOUR WHINING :{ ADS = MONEY FOR MICROSOFT =BETTER XBOX APPS oO

Late  Oct. 22, 2012 at 11:27

Yes, I suspect they would've gone bust this year if they hadn't started putting loads of adverts onto the dashboards of their paying customers... :|




Damnit, I just fed the troll.

RiKx  Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:17

Damnit, I just fed the troll.


It's ok man, for every troll there is a chance that it's a genuine ignoramus. I'm glad your here to educate ;)

DivideByZero  Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:26

no need for them at all on a service you PAY for...


You get adverts on Sky One etc... a service you pay for.

You get adverts in News Papers and magazines, again, you pay for those.

I don't like it, I don't want it, but they are not really doing anything that hasn't been done before.

Tsung  Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:43

The problem really is with the sound level, on the TV there are rules regarding the volume levels of the adverts. On the Xbox the only rule seems to be as loud as possible. To the advertisers, it's counter productive, you make the tile so loud that I actively avoid clicking on. Congratulations... you have just failed to get my interest.

Interestingly it also fails Microsoft because now I know we are just slabs of meat to them, ready to sell to their next customer. Their customers are the companies that buy the adverts, not us, we're just the product they are selling :P

DivideByZero  Oct. 22, 2012 at 13:06

I agree.

Adverts on the TV always crank well above what you are watching and that is bad enough, without the jump from silence to rock concert.

Mind, I find the same volume issue in the PS3 when you look through your list of games... the odd game is so loud you start to avoid it in the menu.

BetterThanLife  Oct. 22, 2012 at 14:02

Interestingly it also fails Microsoft because now I know we are just slabs of meat to them, ready to sell to their next customer. Their customers are the companies that buy the adverts, not us, we're just the product they are selling :P


^^This

Also M$ need to use adverts for their own services because navigation on the dash is so utterly sh*t.

RiKx  Oct. 22, 2012 at 15:08

no need for them at all on a service you PAY for...


You get adverts on Sky One etc... a service you pay for.

You get adverts in News Papers and magazines, again, you pay for those.

I don't like it, I don't want it, but they are not really doing anything that hasn't been done before.



Agreed but when I started my XBL Subs I didn't have to put up with it. Now I do which is prob where the source of my disdain springs.

GetsugaTenshoS  Oct. 22, 2012 at 15:26

no need for them at all on a service you PAY for...


You get adverts on Sky One etc... a service you pay for.

You get adverts in News Papers and magazines, again, you pay for those.

I don't like it, I don't want it, but they are not really doing anything that hasn't been done before.

At the very least though, we can easily ignore them as the main menu items can all be accessed from the left column of panels and in the other menus where that's not the case, there's one advert at the most on each tab fairly out of the way.



Agreed but when I started my XBL Subs I didn't have to put up with it. Now I do which is prob where the source of my disdain springs.

Late  Oct. 22, 2012 at 15:29

Agreed but when I started my XBL Subs I didn't have to put up with it. Now I do which is prob where the source of my disdain springs.


It's your own fault for not reading the EULA. I started reading it when I bought my first 360, about six and a half years ago.
I read about an hour a night, and about I'm 80% of the way through it now.

(I think the butler did it.)

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