October 15th 2012 9:01 pm PT

New Xbox 360 dashboard update starts rolling out today



Many of you have been involved in the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta and have been busy getting an early look at the latest Xbox LIVE features. Today we’re starting to roll out the official release of the update to Xbox LIVE subscribers around the world. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across subscribers and regions over the course of the next week. Our initial deployment will reach approximately three million consoles worldwide, 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.

In this update, you will see the following features.

  • 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.

What about Xbox SmartGlass? That’s coming too, but not until Windows 8 launches on October 26th. When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom.

Yesterday, we shared all the details about Xbox Music, our brand new digital music service. Xbox Music begins rolling out today on Xbox 360, it will launch with free streaming on all Windows 8 PCs and tablets on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 as devices arrive in market. Xbox Music combines all the different ways people love to enjoy music, creating the ultimate all-in-one music service.

For all the details on Xbox Music, check out the Microsoft News Center.

The 2012 Xbox LIVE update is beginning its rollout today and we expect all Xbox LIVE subscribers to have access to the update in the coming days.

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

  • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

    I’m anxious to get this update because of the supposed caching of the games library. Our main Xbox shows the list of download games incredibly slowly. I’m hoping this caching will solve that. Has anyone with the beta noticed the download games showing much more quickly?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.d.gonzalez.58 Kevin D Gonzalez

    I had the beta so it’s no surprise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thesweetlenny Christopher Barber

    Isn’t Xbox Live 8 bucks a month? What is all the complaining about “you need Gold for everything now”? Buck up. It’s the best online service available. I bought a year subscription for 40 bucks at Best Buy last January.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001750223271 Sean Williams

      Had gold, cancelled it this year.
      It might be fine in the US, but in the rest of the world pointless.
      The only thing it allows you to do is play online games, and for those that don’t play many games online, there is no additional functionality.
      You need gold to use IE, I have a PC..
      You need gold to use Kinect, I will do it on the PC.
      Why do they need to make these items require a gold account?
      They haven’t enabled Kinect voice yet in most countries, not even English….
      and even though my settings are set to English my dashboard is all in Dutch because of my region setting on my Live account.
      Until they realize that the world is a lot bigger that the US then I for one will not pay for a Gold account. Enable English as a second language then fine.
      I won’t complain about having to pay the 60 ( yes SIXTY euros ) it cost us.
      So imagine, having to pay more money for an inferior service and not complain?

    • cdnrailfan

      because things like a browser shouldnt need a gold membership to access it…….. or netflix which also is a subscription service….. no other device charges you just to access the netflix app….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

      I take it you don’t have kids – also the ‘best online service’??? Maybe in the U.S. – but not in Britain. I get a better selection of apps on my TV.

  • http://twitter.com/DeiJaVu Edwin D.

    Annnnnnd I still can’t use the full features of ESPN3 on my Xbox, even though I can on my computer less than 10 feet away.

  • http://bit.ly/n77abtme Nate

    Hooray!! (Ewok drum/flute music from end of Star Wars 6 begins)

  • Johan Möller

    Any news about added voice recognition support for sweden? Asked this before but i have never gotten an answear: Why can’t i enable english recognition in sweden?

  • http://twitter.com/BubBobz neil

    i fear this may be the final dashboard update. it has gotten progressively more ugly and ad-infested over the years – and I seriously doubt the microsoft boffins can actually make it worse for 2013
    so, there will be “more tiles”, but i predict most of these will be locked down for ads

  • BostonSup

    Looks like the full features from the above description. I don’t know what anyone can really disclose that hasn’t been mentioned already by MN. To be safe, just wait until you get the update to go on the public release.

  • Dave Bentley

    This is awful, again. I’m so sick of the dashboard being optimized for Kinect and littered with ads. You guys really need to figure out if you want to charge for Gold or let ads dilute the screens of our own televisions because YOU’RE THE ONLY COMPANY DOING BOTH.
    There needs to be a setting to just revert back to any given dashboard. Metro is terrible. It truly is the worst thing to happen to Xbox. Personally I used to be a huge MS fanboy until Metro. I nearly shed a tear of nostalgia when I canceled my Live today, hoping they would use this year to address all of the extremely valid complaints. I feel like they just don’t listen to us.
    The “Home” screen should be ENTIRELY customizable too. It’s called “Home” not “The main screen where we let you go to a new screen and look at a few apps (of course that option is somewhere amongst these advertisements for add ons to new games, services that require another subscription, or whatever the hell else is on there.)”

  • Guest

    to stream Netflix for about the same price as a Gold subscription.

    Also that box will doubtlessly work better than the Xbox Netflix app. The PS3 one certainly does, it has a better picture and a better UI as all the Kinect functionality just makes the Xbox app more clunky t

  • http://www.facebook.com/chomskyknows Marcus Roof

    i like all the new stuff. but is it just me or does it take everyone 5-thousand years for various apps to respond? it can take up to a minute just for the “my games” section to respond. it sounds like this wasn’t fixed? if this is due to the processor having to constantly think about serving ads and not my own content, then it encourages people to block them with their routers.

  • xLoCk0nx

    My hard drive got corrupted because Microsoft constantly released new builds of the beta during the preview programme and this would have required a significant amount of rewriting on the hard drive. I lost everything – all my file saves and downloads. I can redownload dlc but i cant replace all my progress on games. I phoned Xbox customer support and they refused to accept any liability, and would not replace my hard drive. They did offer to order me a replacement 250 GB HD for £106 over the phone but i went on anazon and ordered a 320GB one for £65. Moral of the story? DONT take part in Microsoft’s dodgey preview programmes.

  • xLoCk0nx

    I agree the pin functionality sucks. I thought it was going to allow you to customise your homepage but I was disappointed to find out it was a whole separate page that is probably slower to access than manually accessing apps from the relevant sections of the dashboard. Internet explorer works well but the lack of video support is a massive limitation of its use – you can’t download the plugins etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746013505 Charles J Barbour

    Got the update threw my xbox 360 in the middle of a game and now my xb360 will not connect to xbox live. Internet connect is fine. Been on hold for nearly an hour now with 18004myxbox. I can’t be the only person with this issue!

  • Deryk Hiley

    Haha, you know why they changed if from “quick play” to “recent?” Because it took almost a full minute to load the “quick play” section.


    Its awful, I loved the Blades dashboard but since they have introduced the Metro look its got worse and worse. Between Kinect, 3rd Party Apps, less focus on games, no new IPs, not much exclusives the Xbox is really going downhill. MS see the Xbox as an entertainment hub now and a games console.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamcoolpoole Adam Poole

      I dont like you :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001750223271 Sean Williams

    Had the beta,
    I live in Holland, but am English, system settings set to English. Most of the dashboard transformed to Dutch. Kinect voice still won’t work as my region is Holland ( my Uk regioned account works fine ) even though I have the system set to English.
    Why is Microsoft being so picky on insisting only the official languages of the country in which you reside can be used. Do people not emigrate? Glad I am not moving to China or the like when I wouldn’t be able to understand a word to start with. I understand Dutch, but really wish it could be in the native language.
    To be honest there is NOTHING in this update worth having if outside the US / UK Wow… I can pin a game to my pins section in profile.
    Only slight benefit ( and not sure if to do with the update is that the Kinect sensor does appear to be sharper and more reactive..

    • http://twitter.com/boe2BE Boe2

      Try Belgium: Dutch interface, French videos, English games :|

  • Brian Kvalheim

    Loving the new update. I like the IE, though it should support flash. Response times are faster. I also like that it shows my account email in the upper right corner of the homepage. Not sure what ads people are seeing. Here, at least in the U.S., I am only seeing gaming and media related content on the tiles that I can get from the marketplace. Love it. It shows me new content on the marketplace I wouldn’t have noticed before.

  • dexter999

    Why can’t I pin what I want? If I pin Xbox video, I MUST pin Xbox music? I can’t pin Media center? What’s up with the giant pin icons? Force the ugly, advertisement ridden, awkward home page on us if you must, but at least give us the damn pin menu to customize.. Terrible update. My gold subscription will not be renewed. I’ll just get another roku.

  • http://twitter.com/DaryusP07 Daryus Patton

    and Xbox does it again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.mclean.31 Jeremy McLean

    Any chance we’ll be able to delete games that we have played that have some achievements in them?

    • kevgallacher

      No as you have unlocked achievement.
      Do you really want the gamerscores to be able to go down?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Moura/100000624997354 Ray Moura

    What about Portugal? can’t I use the voice recognition my kinect has to offer in my country?? that just isn’t fair, even spain is able too, spain is right next to us!
    Why is xbox so sloppy in Portugal, I know it would be a bit risky for microsoft to start publish and offer support in a country that’s sony based, but that’s the biggest reason of why it is sony based…because microsoft doesn’t advertise here, doesn’t even have a clue where we are -.- and hey, for my surprise, on kinect’s launch day, shelfs went empty…day one!! now say that this is not a country to bet on in terms of xbox… I love my console, but if microsoft doesn’t come to Portugal more vividly, I would have to change my mind on the next generation…like thousands of others in the same situation as me will do…just keep in mind.
    Congrats on the dashboard, W8 and good luck for the new xbox.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-McElligott/1029605333 John McElligott

    what happens with my zune account

  • http://twitter.com/Blindimpulse Keith

    Yes lets all complain about a service we elect to use. You have complaints about the xbox then go play another system. Xbox above all else and i stress the ABOVE ALL ELSE part is gaming platform. All this extra stuff is just that extra. Remember playing your NES 100% games no netflix no music service, and certainly no internet. Even modern gamers do not complain about the NES and often replay and tribute to it in some way or another. Then you have XBOX 360 that you can choose to subscribe to the service and watch movies instantly in your house without wasting gas to rent one. Allows you to listen to music either by downloaded songs on your hard drive that you can then play during game play. Or streaming from live broadcasts from all over using apps like iHeart Radio. All this from using one device that doesn’t have to do any of it. Yeah it’s a valid point and about the only one I agree with is that there shouldn’t be advertising content on Gold subscriptions on the dashboard. Perhaps only in the apps that are free to us. Not to mention the fact that your complaining about what more your computer to do that is likely sitting in arms reach of where your gaming room is. Want to use online features that aren’t yet perfected on the 360 (Still a GAMING console) get off the couch and use that computer. While there read up on some local and national news so you have something valid to complain about that has to do with the world, and not your living room comfort zone.

    • http://twitter.com/boe2BE Boe2

      If you want to know: I did stop using the Gold service and XBLA games almost a year ago.
      I do remember my NES being 100% games. That’s EXACTLY how I want it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

      Oh look – another Microsoft apologist. Let’s think about this strategically, friend. People are writing here because we care about Xbox Live and we want to see it survive the next 10 years, ok? There’s plenty of choices out there nowadays and more are on the way. Microsoft needs to stay on the top of the pile and the ONLY way they can do that is by listening to what their customers are trying to tell them. Get a grip.

      • http://twitter.com/boe2BE Boe2

        I don’t really care about xbox particulary, I care about a good gaming device/service I can easily use from my couch: Xbox used to meet that requirement pretty well. With Steam Big Picture mode coming up, the xbox360’s lifespan really seems too long already.

        Granted, steam has a long way to go before it can actually replace a console, but they ARE working on it, and they ARE working on hardware as well.

  • kevgallacher

    I wish Microsoft would get away from this rolling update nonsense.
    So a small amount of people get the update at first while most have to wait weeks or possibly months to get it. Why can’t they just release it properly, at least give people a chance to force update it. If people aren’t bothered about it they can wait.

    • Blacula79

      They do this because if the update ends up being glichy and/or bricking peoples xboxes, Microsoft will only have to resolve issues on 3 million consoles instead of 35 Million +. It makes sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaDaDarksiide Jordan Webster

    I fire my xbox up expecting the update but i never got it but my mates and my brother whos in the same room does and ive restarted my xbox several times yet nothing sort it out !!!

    • The Dukenator

      Just keep checking.

  • mitch

    A new dashboard for the A(dvertisement)BOX sorry i mean XBOX I bought this thing because people said the ABO, oops almost said it again! people said the xbox was a gaming console and the PS3 was an entertainment system, well now we have an advertisement system and and entertainment system, who will fill the void and receive my money next gen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Noah-Throop/1030695690 Noah Throop

    i am on internet not on my 360 from this messag

  • http://www.facebook.com/gino.steuth Gino Steuth

    Ahhh!! this update Removed the Quickplay option!!! oh never mind its called recent now =_=

  • zoompooky

    First, the update breaks the Family Programming option… or are Lil Wayne, AMC’s The Walking Dead, and various “M” rated game ads now all considered “Family Friendly”?

    (In fact, if auto sign-in is off, it ignores the family programming option completely)

    Second, why don’t they give us the option to turn off panes we don’t want? Music? pfft. I’m not going to listen to music on my Xbox… ever. Never ever never.

  • zoompooky

    You can set content controls per profile. It’s on the “Family” menu.

    Unfortunately this update seems to have broken a whole bunch of the Family Programming settings.

  • The Dukenator

    For the record, the dashboard update is version 2.0.16197.0.

  • http://twitter.com/Vincent604 Vince

    I still want iTunes on Xbox Live. I know people will say that Apple and Microsoft won’t do it, but look at Google bringing Youtube to XBL, so it’s definitely possible.

  • MrRadiolips

    Not much of a difference at all. Really disappointed in this supposed new dash. I thought we payed for xbox live to create innovative features. Renaming sections isnt very creative. I have a feeling that next gens #1 console wont be xbox. Hope they create a steam box. Seems that valve has it right!

  • http://twitter.com/droozilla Droo World Order

    Why would I want IE on here?

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Buster Wolf

    Haha, this update was nowhere near ready for launch! But then going ahead and releasing beta builds as full products is nothing new after Happy Wars and Full House Poker…

  • http://twitter.com/Byyys Byyys

    You need Xbox gold to launch Internet Explorer on the xbox?… Playstation users must be laughting at this, you can use the browser on that FREE!.. how is this competition in business? As its a microsoft product, it should be free for sliver users too. bbc in england fought to have the iplayer app free regardless if the xbox user paid for live or not! makes me laugh!

    • GERMIN4T0R

      Yeah and MS spat the dummy out the pram having to give Silver users iPlayer. Microsoft and the Xbox are now a complete joke.

  • Russell Gorall

    I was in the beta for the beta, and I just have to say I love Google Chrome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.lovascio Ashley Lovascio

    why wont my update work im going crazy this is such bs ive restarted my xbox ten times i am connected to the internet what the hell is going on can someone help me all my friends got it and im in the same area “?

  • http://twitter.com/alexisfire999 matthew

    i have already been using smart glass and i have had the final version of windows 8 since leaked in august and this update should have gone to everyone at once not just 3 million people

  • http://twitter.com/toohats toohats

    So, Xbox Music has a free add supported verision – if you have a PC, but if you are on your Xbox on Xbox Live which you are paying, for you only get 30 seconds of a song. How is this an improvement?

  • Xenokai

    Just so people know there was a fix in this update that hasnt been talked about and people who use the Official wireless headset will be happy about, with last June’s update it had a issue that if your wireless headset synced or resynced it would cause the entire system to pause for a sec or 2 even during gameplay. I think some people might of thought it was lag but if you was using a wireless headset then it was probably this issue. Its fixed in this Oct 16th 2012 update.

  • http://twitter.com/boe2BE Boe2

    Take a look at windows 8, that’s how you do it right. They got the tech, but I got the feeling the 360 just ain’t up to the task.

    • http://twitter.com/Textstudios Text studios

      …Windows 8 is a microsoft product so yes it does work it it is very fast on the xbox all it needs is flash player which the xbox is capable of doing just like the ps3 but unlike ps3 xbox dont want u to be able to download files like jtags and stuff so they block downloading the next update for the internet they will hopefully add in flash player

  • MrRadiolips

    Windows 8 design should have nothing to do with xbox dashboard. It makes the whole xbox a giant commercial for windows 8. I think next time their should be a voting system on what your consumers want instead of already having a crappy idea and forcing us to use it.

    • Volitar Prime

      If it was supposed to be a commercial for Windows 8 then it backfired. The interface is done so poorly here that it has turned me off from the whole idea. I’m going to stay as far away from Windows 8 as I can.

      • MrRadiolips

        Same here.

  • http://twitter.com/Dubravko_ Dubravko

    Does this current update fix anything else besides what is in this text.
    What about Fanatec wheels etc. Nothing is mentioned?!

  • mitch

    awww did my comment not get approved because it was so damn true

  • http://twitter.com/fernandofogaca Fernando Fogaça

    The recommendations should take more in consideration the games I OWN to show similiar ones. The impression I have is that it recommend more games like I’ve demoed instead. That’s not smart because if I didn’t bought the full version it might have a reason, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/stuntz0rZ Scott Zmolek

    Thanks for telling me about the update! i went to go d/l and it was not there! Thanks for wasting my time !!!

  • http://twitter.com/Kira_Urahara Kira キラ

    I am disgusted that I have to pay for XBL but still have to deal w/ ads. The dashboards have been a mess since the Kinect systems came out. Fail.

  • http://ronaldlocke.tumblr.com/ Ron Locke II

    What be nice if its not there already you click in middle button on your controller and you can access all the pins you pined for easier access to pin menu instead of clicking on it..