February 16th 2012 2:00 am PT

Xbox 360 System Update rolling out

I wanted to let you know that the team has just released a system update for the Xbox 360 over Xbox LIVE. Starting today when you sign in to Xbox LIVE you’ll receive a prompt to accept this mandatory update. If you are signed into LIVE already, you may be signed out and asked to accept the update and you’ll be back online in a few moments.

This update will increase performance and is part of our continued effort to provide the best possible Xbox LIVE experience. In this update, we are providing a fix to a color issue that some were experiencing, and it will be immediately notable in the dashboard. The fix is also being applied by partners to their apps on Xbox LIVE, which we expect to roll out over the coming months.

 

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

  • CyberSkull

    Before & after screenshots?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P6ALTUJ7KUEGF4DZF6YP2L2SNI DaleG

    Goodbye modders and piracy thieves

    • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.coy Patrick Coy

      If you think this gets rid of them you have no idea what you are talking about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sid.the.sloth Dahlon Lyles

      Lol! This barely patched the RGH mod on phats, and didn’t get anywhere close to affecting slims. 

  • Anonymous

    THANKS for the update.  XBL and MSNenger did not exit all day yesterday for once but that was before the dashboard update today, so not sure why that is.   As for the colour fix it looks good so far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=172600631 Tommy Kirch

    if its suppose to take a few moments then why the hell have i been trying to get this thing downloaded for a couple of hours

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    Black levels in Netflix are still as useless as ever, so I guess every single video app is going to have to be updated to fix this blunder. How long will that take? A week? A month? 6 months? 

    Considering the big push on video this is a monumental cock-up.

  • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Dustin

    I have the Xbox 360 S with Kinect. The dashboard and marketplace are much faster now, thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Dustin

    I have the Xbox 360 S with Kinect. The dashboard and marketplace are much faster now, thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Over 5 years since the 360 launched, stacks of minor and major updates, hundreds of games launched and Microsoft STILL cannot work out a way to allow me to change my country of residence from IRL to UK :(  I know that this imposition derives from content licensing restrictions but I am left in the situation were I’ve no choice but to keep accessing content that, due to my changed location, MS should NOT be allowing me to use.  This stupid restriction ENSURES that MS break their agreement with content providers.

    Freedom of movement in the EU doesn’t exist in the world of XBL!

  • Anonymous

    Over 5 years since the 360 launched, stacks of minor and major updates, hundreds of games launched and Microsoft STILL cannot work out a way to allow me to change my country of residence from IRL to UK :(  I know that this imposition derives from content licensing restrictions but I am left in the situation were I’ve no choice but to keep accessing content that, due to my changed location, MS should NOT be allowing me to use.  This stupid restriction ENSURES that MS break their agreement with content providers.

    Freedom of movement in the EU doesn’t exist in the world of XBL!

    • Zidane ThirtyEightThirtyEight

      I have the same problem, many years ago when I lived in the UK (military) I chose UK as my residence (not thinking). 
      And ever since then I haven’t been able to see or do so many things that my friends have been able to and download specific things etc.

    • http://www.bazajaytee.com Bazajaytee

      I have the same problem.
      100k+ GamerScore. I moved to Sweden from the UK and kept the UK dashboard and content. Five years later I have moved to Los Angeles and STILL have the UK dashboard and content.

      I know it is possible to change your country since they allow it for new Xbox Live supported countries so why not between existing territories.

      I’d even pay the 800 MS Points it costs to change your gamertag and only be able to do it once every 12 months or something but come on Microsoft. Setting up an new account purely to get the correct dashboard is crazy, especially since you got us so invested in our accounts with GamerScore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/russ2992 Russell Morrow

    Microsoft should also address the problem with Netflix that will no longer let you watch videos in a party with friends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/russ2992 Russell Morrow

    Microsoft should also address the problem with Netflix that will no longer let you watch videos in a party with friends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    AFTER I DOWNLOADED IT MY BF3 GAME SAVE GOT CURUPTED HELP I WAS A LEVEL 30  I CANT GO BACK TO 1

    • http://www.bazajaytee.com Bazajaytee

      Your Battlefield 3 profile isn’t stored on your HDD. It is stored with EA on their servers. A corrupt save won’t reset your rank back to 1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    but its making me reset the brightness like i just got the game help

    • http://www.bazajaytee.com Bazajaytee

      Yeah all that kind of stuff will need resetting but when you get back in to Multiplayer your stats and unlocks will all be there. You might need to set up your kits again when you get in game but you’ll have full pick of what you had before.

      If the save is corrupt, the main thing you will lose is the campaign progress.

  • Anonymous

    Okay just some ideas for future updates?
    1) while 100 friends may not seem like much, new friends are sometimes hard to recall experience with. If there was some way to put a personal “sticky note” on someones gamertag for aid in remembering who someone is, thatd be awesome.
    2) the beacon idea was wonderful! Unfortunately the notification is very obstructive to the view of games and other apps where they are allowed to show. I think if we were able to edit whether or not your friends’ beacons showed up with their gamertag, itd be a very useful feature.
    3) last one. If at all possible im sure many people would enjoy hearing, but not seeing their notifications. Having the notification sound play, but not having the notification itself show up would be useful for hardcore gamers who cant afford to be blinded during battle.

    Thank you for hearing me out….gt ; CS Rattlesnake message me with comments or opinions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gareth-Simpson/706960211 Gareth Simpson

    MAJOR NELSON WILL THIER BE ANY UPDATES IN RELATION TO THE FRIENDSLIST INCREASING OR BETTER STILL  HAVING A CLAN LIST SO CLAN MEMBERS CAN GO ON IT WITHOUT TAKING PRECIOUS FL SPACE :)

    THIER WAS RUMOURS OF A BARN/CLAN THING ON THE PREVIOUS DASHBOARD BUT IT NEVE CAME TO LIGHT

    • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.coy Patrick Coy

      Never use the internet again.

    • Anonymous

      This isn’t ps3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    thanks but im guessing ill have to start over in campain

    • http://www.bazajaytee.com Bazajaytee

      Yep

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    why

    • http://www.bazajaytee.com Bazajaytee

      Not sure why the update would have corrupt your BF3 save game, Microsoft would need to field that question. Have any other save games you had been corrupted too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    that sucks but id rather keep multiplayer than campain thanks for the help

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    luckly no

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    alright will do ill be back ill go check multiplayer

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    everythings good in bf3 mp but everything i have they mark as new so i have to click on each one so theres no little orange thing near the classes

    • http://www.bazajaytee.com Bazajaytee

      Yeah, thats gotta be annoying. I hate having those icons show up  :)

  • http://twitter.com/DarkSneaky Osmin Mendoza

    Just bring netflix party back :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    worst update to date

  • http://twitter.com/golfbraniac Kevin van Dijk

    Anyone else have any problems getting the Xbox to actually DOWNLOAD the patch,or get his/her USB to be noticed with it?

    • Aaron Erickson

      Mine won’t. And frankly, the user experience around what happens when the download fails is utterly disgusting. It just infinite loops you, blaming your connection (even though that isn’t the problem), having you test it, then in the midst of testing it, making you download the update – which puts you at step 1.

      XBox live is great when it works, but the people who design the user experience around error cases should find another occupation.

  • http://twitter.com/23_tolife Keith McGovern

    Did it fix the poor layout of the dashboard and media applications that are difficult to navigate and cater only to kinnect users?

    • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

      IMHO, the big problem with the Metro-ification of the dashboard is that it LOOKS similar to the Metro on Windows Phone, but it doesn’t ACT like it. If it did, you could pin your favorite apps to the home page and all this stuff about “difficult to find” this and that would go away.

      Another thing they need to do, though, is enable voice control no matter where you are in the dashboard. If I want to check my messages, I have to go to Social, open my profile, and then click Messages. I SHOULD be able to say “Xbox – Messages” no matter where I am in the dashboard and have the messaging app open. Same goes for every other app–Netflix, Hulu, etc.

      On my Windows Phone 7 Samsung Focus, I can activate voice control and say “Open (app name)” and it will do it–no matter where I am in the UI. Xbox 360 needs to adopt that level of Metro functionality.

      LOOKING like Metro is fine, but it also needs to BEHAVE like Metro–and right now, it DOESN’T.

  • Vagner Ranieri

    The color corrections was fixed but the downgrade videos (even 1080p videos are showing in donwscaled 720p) is still there. The “team” that made the dashboard for Xbox 360 maybe works to Sony or Nintendo… What a hell they can’t fix the resolutions for videos and pics? After this Metro Dash my Xbox turned in a pice of sh*t to reproduce photos, videos and streams. Only I have miss the blades dashboard?

    • Anonymous

      Interesting, it doesn’t seem to apply to HD-DVD playback as that outputs 1080p as always.

      It still seems washed out though but that seems to be more that you cannot calibrate the TV to look perfect for games and movies, games will look too dark or movies too light.  That has always been the case for me well before they broke the color space conversion.

  • Rafael D Rodriguez

    the apps are SOOOO slow! fix the Hulu Plus app!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sid.the.sloth Dahlon Lyles

    Hey Major, I love you. But could you at least be a bit more honest about your failed attempt at patching the RGH exploit?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Fitta/1828211478 Michael Fitta

    whenever i go back on bf3 everytime its currupted

    • http://www.bazajaytee.com Bazajaytee

      Try adding your BF3 save to the Cloud Storage and see if it corrupts there too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635320183 Jason Ackerman

       Use Modio and XTAF explorer and hash another gamesave if you don’t want to play the campaign again.

  • http://twitter.com/armorednole Armorednole

    I’ve streamed movies from my Win7 media
    player (not Media Center) without issues since launch. However, after this
    update the screen goes black intermittently when I start a video (some frames show fine..). As soon as I hit
    B, it goes back to the main menu and the screen comes back on like the video
    was out of range or something… I run 1080P over RCA component cables into an
    LCD TV. Is this a known issue?

  • http://www.facebook.com/stefangabbert Stefan Gabbert

    Finally I can forward and rewind music…Just joking. This FEATURE would be impossible to create. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001495514621 Kris Smith

    Could we get NetFlix Parties Back Please???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shaylon-Zellmer/100000604434170 Shaylon Zellmer

    how do i roll back the dashboard color thing? the theme i’m using is all messed up now with that fade to dark thing going on….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shaylon-Zellmer/100000604434170 Shaylon Zellmer

    ooo what he said -v
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001495514621 Kris Smith

    Ok Not a Joke at all Why the hell did this update a put a Gay-Lesbian section in my netflix?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=562713332 Iver Tieger

      it wasnt the update netflix added that a month ago

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001495514621 Kris Smith

        I guess it just didn’t pop up till now or something

        • Lee Rayson

          did you watch broke back mountain ? perhaps thats why it showing up

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DG6XZFMXJAZZOCTQ6FMILXJO7M Indiana Native

      oh  god, not a homophobe for movie selections on your list!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001495514621 Kris Smith

        Rephrase it so someone actually understands it please.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Martinez/100000171231494 Michael Martinez

      Because it’s the 21st century. Grow up

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001495514621 Kris Smith

        I probably am more grown than you watch what you say online little boy

        • http://twitter.com/AlBundylives Oliver

          Netflix only adds categories that cater to you.

          Seems like you’ve been watching some homosexual movies.

          • http://twitter.com/JodyMaccz Jody

            lol

          • http://twitter.com/JodyMaccz Jody

            lol

          • http://twitter.com/JodyMaccz Jody

            lol

        • Scottie V

          Oh no, not the internet tough guy! Who will ever protect us from this hardcore, angry little man? LOL at getting upset about a section present in Netflix, and an even bigger LOL at you being immature enough to threaten people (even vague threats) over the internet. We all know you’re not going to beat anyone up or teach anyone a lesson, and your reactions demonstrate that you truly DO need to grow the heck up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Trooper-Steve-Clay/596787670 Alex Trooper Steve Clay

      netflix has always had that section.. some decent movies in there even if youd ever actually take the time to look and watcha few

    • http://twitter.com/jkeno1 jason cherico

      lmmfao

  • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

    OH MY GOD WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR AVATAR MAJOR

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Crane/100000867632618 Steve Crane

    Please help :( I can’t install games to my Hard drive after the new update. How do you fix this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=562713332 Iver Tieger

    what about skype?

  • Anonymous

    My system isnt reading disc’s with the new update. Please help!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZEQL3WRXYM67FTRZQ4NSGGOSYI Anthony

       Unable to download update status code 396B-0000-0080-0300-8007-045D

      What an update! I can’t even download it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thaiger39 Thaiger NovaSoulz Adanoldo

    This update bricked my console, was working fine all day til this update now all I get is 
    396B-397D-B380-0F00-C000-000E

    Help

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002377816969 Kevin Luong

      Same here! i want to play the mass effect 3 demo i called microsoft about this you know what they said.. this update is not compatible with the older version of the xbox which maybe means they are forcing us to buy a new xbox Which im pretty sure they are gonna fix because a whole mess of people are gonna rage..

      • http://www.facebook.com/thaiger39 Thaiger NovaSoulz Adanoldo

        Yeah They r trying to tell me to send it for “repair” but why should I pay 100 bucks cause their update bricked my perfectly working console?
        Microsoft kindof dropped the ball on this 1.

        • Anonymous

          Wait…they’re telling you you have to pay to have it repaired? If the update did brick your console there’s no way in hell I would pay for repairs. That’s on them to fix for free.

          • http://www.facebook.com/thaiger39 Thaiger NovaSoulz Adanoldo

            Yeah, They told me it’s probably ”outdated hardware” But they cant tell til they get it, and I would have to pay 99 bucks. 
            Nows heres the kicker, if it turns out thats what it is, I dont get a refund, but I get “updated hardware”
            Screw that, why wouldn’t I just get a new console?
            Better yet, why didn’t the update know it wouldn’t work, and not try to install?

          • http://twitter.com/JorisTheWise Joris Springer

            Can you imagine, my Xbox is just 4 months old, so that can’t be the problem.

  • Richard Nunya

    With all the changes made to XBL over the years, why are music game add-ons *still* not on their own page?  I swear, every time I go to look at the new add-ons each week, it’s 90% full of Rock Band or Lips songs.   It’s annoying, and should be separated from actual games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Culver/100001331178336 Ryan Culver

    I was really hoping this update would put the party feature back on Netflix. I am sure you get this question all the time Major, but when will you guys decide to bring that back? Who’s to blame? I need to know who doesn’t get my money..

  • neil walker

    Instead of fixing colours why not fix, oh, I don’t know, something a bit more important like security. For example, to stop hacked accounts from being drained of credit card money (as you refuse to allow people to remove cards who have paid for Gold by CC) why not prompt for the 3 digit security code or 4 digit expiry date before purchases? I’m sure it won’t affect impulse purchases too much.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adamdjt Adam Daniel John Thompson

       Neil, unfortunately you can’t stop people from giving away their bank or xbox details after falling for “free MS points” scams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662759580 Ryan Boisselle

    Is anybody ever positive on here?

    • http://twitter.com/dalton_matt Matt Dalton

      Man. Seriously.  

      • http://twitter.com/drswank Brad Hicks

         Thirded. Entitled gamer babies.

        • Anonymous

          Entitled? A lot of people complaining here are complaining about issues that they are now experiencing with their consoles after this update. When you pay hundreds of dollars for a console…you are entitled to have updates NOT break your system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Adanac/100001237455741 Joe Adanac

    Okay, the colour problem may be corrected but apparently this still hasn’t fixed the fact that 1080p videos (game trailers etc.) are all downscaled to ugly 720p. Microsoft, you do realize that completely compromises your console’s claim to be a worthwhile media playing device, don’t you?

    • Anonymous

      Thats because MS only want 1080p for their Zune service.  Another example of how MS treats its customers.  If you want 1080p video i.e. Netflix etc then use a PS3 least SOny dont shaft their customers.

      • http://twitter.com/smashalots chris

        Nope u just get hacked there and all ur info stolen

  • Richard mitchell

    What would be a great update is fixing the constant dropping from Xbox live that I am experiencing. This has resulted in an estimated 40 losses in NBA2k12 and Madden12. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-Ramsgate/1826021235 Randy Ramsgate

    after reading all this id rather not download the update, but i gotta. i hope nothings crashes. true what everyone is saying bout the videos and games pictures. the resolution is shockingly appalling.  why cant they fix the damn blades resolution , its looks blurry on every setting.   i need my fix of gotham imposters so im gonna try getting online very soon .   fingers crossed.

  • http://twitter.com/Tap_Untapped Bret Stewert

    My console no longer recognizes my wireless controllers (but it oddly lets them turn the console on) and it also no longer reads my MU or Thumbdrive

    • Juan Manuel López Castilla

      Have you tried to install the update again? Maybe there are some files wrong. My console has been updated correctly and i can use my external hard drive and my wireless controllers (both of them)

      • http://twitter.com/Tap_Untapped Bret Stewert

        I uninstalled the update, cleared the cache and redownloaded it again, no change

  • Anonymous

    Ohh great, another unnecesary fix. Can anybody confir how long the download and instal took? I’ve been hearin the fan roar for the past 20 mins and I get a black screen!

  • Anonymous

    Ohh great, another unnecesary fix. Can anybody confir how long the download and instal took? I’ve been hearin the fan roar for the past 1:30 mins and I get a black screen!

    • Kevin Daniel

       Mine took less than 5 minutes..

 

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