April 2nd 2009 7:00 am PT

Xbox 360 System update now available (no new features)

A few minutes ago, the team released a system update for the Xbox 360 over Xbox LIVE. Sometime over the next few hours when you sign in to Xbox LIVE you’ll receive a prompt to accept this mandatory update. This update addresses interruption issues that some Xbox LIVE users may have experienced when playing a limited number of Xbox 360 games.

There are no other changes or enhancements in this update…in other words no new features.

This update will be rolled out to all Xbox LIVE members around the world over the space of a few hours, so you may not get prompted for the update immediately.


Thanks for your patience.


Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • LittleBlueAlien

    @litheon – mostly because of costs? MOSTLY BECAUSE OF COSTS??
    so explain to me friend – wtf am I paying £40 a year for exactly? – the privilege for peer-to-peer discovery?

    Your opinion is no longer valid, mate.

  • Jamoodah

    About two hours after I did this update I got the RROD with one red light and Error code E73 (1021). I’m pissed. Thanks MS, didn’t have enough repairs in work so you had to send out a new “update” to screw more of us over?

  • oxidized

    Wow, and you guys wonder why Microsoft always keeps us in the dark, the second they say something you jump on them.

  • Protonus

    The terribly slow guide/messaging/friends that the system has had for hte last few weeks needs to go ASAP! I was terrible disappointed to find that hte new update wasn’t to address this!

    One of my biggest complaints with the 360 has always been it’s laggy menus! When you’re IN A GAME, and people are potentially about to SHOOT you, you don’t want ANY lag. You want to select things, check messages, send messages, open chat, etc, INSTANTLY. The Xbox is a 3 GHz+ machine, there is no excuse for ANY lag in it’s interface other then poor design. But it’s always been quite laggy.

    With NXE – this lag seemed to lessen “a bit” – not great, not even acceptable considering the speed of the hardware, but it was less.

    Then for some reason a few weeks ago everything went to hell and now it’s nearly unusable. I’ve sat after trying to select a friend, or send a message, or just change any screen in the “mini guide” – for as long as 30 seconds. When you’re simply trying to check something like a text message, IN GAME, while under live fire, this is an ETERNITY. It’s ridiculous!

    This needs to be fixed ASAP!

  • SalamanderSkill

    Total BS… In Australia we pay for such a laggy xbox live service…. Litheon saying chat features would eat into costs…. How about 99% of ALL PC GAMES HAVING FREE MP USING DEDICATED SERVERS??? Yet were pyaing for this lag fest riddled with adverising when I launch my xbox… yay?

  • SamF2000

    Thanks. the latest update fixed the dashboard lag issues which were getting annoying.
    Looks like things are running smooth again.

  • Shonk

    anyone noticed that the transition effect on pictures left and right
    since the update lag sometimes

  • General Cisco

    At first it would have appeared that my update had gone fine. Until today when I attempted to connect to live and I was unable to. I’ve narrowed the issue down to some bizarre networking issue. Keep in mind I have my Xbox connected over a wired connection NOT wireless. It is picking up a random 192.168.1.xxx IP along with a random and 22 DNS server IP.

    These 192 ips are now showing under my routers lan setup and the reset of my wired and wireless network is functioning normally.

    I’ve tried resetting my router, my xbox, cable modem, you name it I’ve done it.

    The only thing that has changed in the last 48 hours would be the the system update and since I can’t say for sure what that update included I am at a lose.


    Litheon knows way more about this stuff than you guys do, so to say that he doesn’t know is just stupid. You can pay for a 30MBPS connection but it’s not always that high. It fluctuates and like he said, it’s peer to peer and everyone has to be taken into account at once. Everyone getting dropped is probably a chain reaction of the host getting dropped or something.

  • ThePlayer2007

    i hope halo 3 was one
    cuz loading maps is too long

  • EJ1220

    I hope they fix the Party Chat lag-out thing soon its getting irritating now. You are talking with someone and bam! they are kicked out of the party. But, when they realize it. They either think you left or kicked them. It usually happens when there is like 4-5 people in the chat. I just hope they fix it soon!

  • Computerdude103

    I can provide proof of my connection speed, and proof of all the party chat drops. (and if you really want I can get proof that everyone in the party has ample connection speed also). Don’t bittorrrent or download anything else, and I’m generally the only one using the connection (somebody may be browsing web on a computer but that’s it)

    Litheon’s “we’re always right” attitude shows exactly why nothing gets fixed at Microsoft (and why this website is so crappy), and everything get’s released buggy. Instead of listening to our feedback, he calls us liars, and ignores the issues while contininues to develop more buggy features. This would also explain why Xbox Live (or a part of it such as the billing service, or the website) crashes at least once a month.

  • litheon

    The unfortunate thing about this litheon guy you’re talking about is that he doesn’t work at Microsoft. Ouch. Good effort though.

  • SkyyPlum

    Unreal, this update has made my 360 near useless. All I can do now is play arcade titles and watch movies from Netflix but I can no longer play any discs because after this update I get unreadable disc errors on every game where as before the update my games worked just fine.

    Tell MS I said thanks a lot Major for ruining my 360 and I hope they are willing to pay me the 400 in change instead of me paying them for their mistakes.

  • Warrengonline

    Well, twiddle dee dee, guess what, the update fixed Fable 2!!!! Thanks MacPh1st0!!! And THANK YOU MICROSOFT!!!!! Awesome job, awesome!!


    Unbelievable how some people talk. SkyyPlum really? I never heard anyone saying that the update ruins their xbox, maybe there’s another problem ;)

  • SyxxPac 1038

    What ever keeps the fun in place. I’m tired of playing outside. I wanna stay in and play vidya games, i tell you what.

  • SkyyPlum

    princeworm, explain how all my discs worked before the update then? Plus, I’ve read of plenty of people having trouble after system updates for the 360 over the years and I’m not the only one having problems after this one. And after this update it sometimes takes 3 or 4 tries just to get my system on. I wouldn’t be upset if this stuff was happening before the update but it wasn’t and I have every right to be pissed off.

  • AntiGollum

    Since this update, every video I play through the Video Library has the info bar/video controls visible. Usually they go away after a few seconds, or when I press the Info button on the 360 remote. They don’t anymore. This happen to anyone else?

  • MetalGearFloppy

    @ Litheon

    When the drops happen, sometimes it’ll be everyone dropping, sometimes just a few simultaneously.
    If staying connected to party chat were just down to individuals connections then these simultaneous drops wouldn’t occur would they? Otherwise it’d be one heck of a coincidence.

    Also, thanks for your guess at what bandwidth is being used by the party chat function, but I’d still like some kind of official word on it.. not too much to ask, someone at microsoft must know and it can’t be super secret classified information.

    I actually though you worked for microsoft, my bad, sorry, nice connection setup though.

    I’m not going to go into specific details of me n my friends connection speeds/setups (it could end up looking like a “My pipe’s bigger than your pipe” situation), but suffice it to say I/we have been around gaming and “teh interwebz” long enough to know that these drops from party chat are highly unlikely to be down to our bandwidth.

    This issue of party drops, along with the very poor performance of marketplace do need addressing in some kind of official manner, there’s a heck of a lot more people affected by and getting pretty annoyed by them than actually complain about them here or on various forums.

  • CaptainKicker

    Ever since this update was realesed, i’ve got some few problems, like when i press the dashboard button, to look what my friends are doing, it sometimes freeze for 20 seconds, and returns to normal. Also, my theme dissapear when i’ve played a game.

  • SkyyPlum

    So, Major are the problems stated here and around the net getting looked at or just brushed aside? I planned on getting Godfather II and LSL but not now since I wouldn’t even be able to play them. I’m sure gaming companies would love this trend to continue…………

  • threeleggedcow

    God forbid MS use the $50/year towards servers! lol

    FIX THE LAGGY GUIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • dirtybolle

    thank you xboxlive team finaly i can play normally online (halo 3 works perfect now, fable 2 i will test later.

  • oO MG81 Oo

    When will the laggy NXE guide be fixed??. I’m really tired of it hanging or freezing on me.

  • Makavelo

    Yay for P2P technology! i pay $50dlls for a very laggy service.

  • MeS FEAR

    When we will get the 1 vs 100 feature???….it was shown so often

  • PhreQuencY8

    For you guys complaining about a “laggy” guide (wrong terminology, slow is actually an easier word as well), try this:

    1. Turn Auto Sign in off.
    2. Turn the 360 off.
    3. Turn it back on, signed out.
    4. Clear your cache.
    5. Reboot.

    My guide was so unbearable slow on the NXE I was about to send my system in. Make sure you follow the steps because it does work, or at least help. Deleting the marketplace content file might help as well.

  • PhreQuencY8

    Also, is there any list of the games that were fixed, or is there no list? Does it just affect a bunch of them?

  • Lynas

    If I’m filing complaints about people or sending messages playing COD 4 / 5 it’s horrendously slow.

    We shouldn’t have to use a “Hidden Feature” to make things work temporarily and as for flaunting a new feature that uses P2P technology instead of hosted.. well.. bad crack.

    I’d have my old dashboard back in a flash.

  • Perfect Code

    Xbox Live runs like crap for me on my Comcastic 30Mb/5Mb connection. Even with my $200 gaming router, DOCSIS 3.0 modem, etc. Hurray!

  • KiloOscarZulu

    The update didn’t fix the disconnection issue I was having with my friend playing RE5 co-op campaign over Live :( We still get disconnections without reason. The interesting thing is that the private chat that we have going doesn’t drop out when the session disconnects, so we are both still connected to Live without issue. It seems the game is buggy.