Today when you get home and boot up your Xbox 360 – probably so you can take on pirates and ninjas in Borderlands 2’s new DLC, you could well be greeted with a Dashboard update, because the new one’s started rolling out today.
I read a rather exceptional piece by The Penny Arcade Report’s Ben Kuchera this weekend - highlighting just how damned profitable all those adverts that bog down Xbox Live are for Microsoft - and it really makes me question why on earth we still pay for the service.
Some of you might be using the new Xbox Dashboard already, having been plucked from a group of hopefuls to be in the preview program. You’re under NDA, so you can’t tell us what it’s like. That’s ok though, we’ll get to test out the new dashboard - along with everybody else - on December 6.
Are you excited about the new Xbox 360 Dashboard? Not the bland interface changes or more Kinect integration but the cool things like Beacons, Cloud Storage and Facebook? Okay scrap the Facebook… I’m excited about the other two though.
Well if you want to be one of the first in your area with the new Xbox 360 dashboard then all you need to do is head on over here
What would another year of Xbox gaming be without a yet another dashboard update. Love or hate them, theyâ€™re mandatory, and thereâ€™s no getting around them. The latest update is clearly designed to make full use of the Kinect system, but don't think that those of us who prefer digital menu navigation with a regular Xbox controller are going to be left out as well.
Nick de Bruyne
You may have caught some information during the Microsoft E3 2011 Press Conference that mentioned new features coming to the Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE soon, but following the briefing, they fleshed out the details as well as announced a couple of really great new ones.
I especially love the idea of the beacons. Hit the jump to see what nifty new features are headed your way.
Woops! Its seems that flashy new disc-storage capacity increasing update destined for Xbox 360â€™s might be causing a little bit of trouble. The update, which readies the console to use an extra 1GB of DVD storage space has reportedly been causing some test users to receive dis-read errors, preventing them playing retail games on their machines.
Microsoft is aware of the problem, claiming that it only affects a â€œsmall percentageâ€ of users.
Itâ€™s been quite a while since the last major dashboard overhaul and while we all know a new one is coming with Kinect we donâ€™t know what it looks like.
Well we didnâ€™t, after the break there are 8 new shots of the dashboard and a video run through courtesy of PlayStationInformerâ€¦ yeah ironic isnâ€™t it.
Honestly the dashboard is exactly what was expected and all you will really notice is that all the icons are bigger to accommodate the fact that motion control isnâ€™t quite as precise as analogue sticks and buttons.
It feels like mere years ago that the first mention of Facebook and Twitter coming to the Xbox 360 was announced and now itâ€™s finally nearly here.
As you may have guessed I am now overly enthusiastic about the idea and I am flabbergasted that it has taken Microsoft, the world renowned software company, this long to implement it after it was announced.
But if this is something that appeals to you then prepare to be amazed as Microsoft has announced that Facebook and Twitter functionality will be released in a public beta later this month.
I presume the beta will be similar to the last one where you will need to register your interest with Microsoft and then get randomly chosen to give it a bash.
Nick de Bruyne
A scary man in tights, crazy rally cars, old airplanes and an evolution of Space Invaders is where it's at this week as well as a good deal of gaming news and crazy talk from the podcast team.
- Batman: Arkhum Asylum demo impressions
- Hands-on with Heroes Over Europe
- Space Invaders comes back to life, in your pocket
- DiRT 2 powersliding its way into our hearts
- Starcraft 2 delayed - Korea takes a moment of silence
- Fat Princess developers deal with idiots
- Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition - move it or lose it, sister
- AVP confirmed for 2010
- A look at the new Xbox 360 Dash Update
Nick de Bruyne
In only a few days the first of two major updates is hitting adding a lot of new functionality to the Xbox 360 Dashboard.
Avatars will now be getting their own Marketplace so that you can pimp out your mini-me with gear and goodies and this will also usher in the Games On Demand service which will allow you to download full Xbox 360 games straight to your drive.
All of the information on the update can be found by clicking through the link below but I just want to give a reminder that this August update will not include the Facebook, Twitter and Last.FM sections just yet.
Nick de Bruyne
Gametrailers have released a video showing off the new interface for the Xbox 360 Dashboard that will be included in an update soon.
The video starts with Netflix, so don't pay attention to that bit because it will only make you sad. The interesting bit comes up next and shows off the Avatar Marketplace and how you will now be able to buy clothing an items for your Avatar according to the game you have selected, such as Halo 3 clothing and accessories and Monkey Island bling and chickens.
Check the short video out after the jump and also let us know what your take is on the whole Avatar Marketplace. Are you looking forward to pimping your avatar or could you really care less?
Iâ€™m not entirely sure that I am happy about Twitter arriving on the Xbox 360 at all, I am already bombarded through so many virtual channels all day long that they idea of random strangers being able to bug me while I am gaming doesnâ€™t sit incredibly well with me.
However I do enjoy Twitter so I am interested to see how it works.