Xbox 360 Dashboard update is now available

 

I am happy to announce that the latest dashboard update has now been officially released and is in process of being rolled out across the LIVE service. For many of you, the next time you sign in to Xbox LIVE, you will be prompted to receive the update. A couple of things to keep in mind over the next few hours as the update is deployed:

  • You’ll be prompted to accept the update when you sign into Xbox Live sometime in the next few hours. 
  • Regardless of what you have heard, it’s not geographically based. No one area of the world will get it before another. 
  • If you keep signing out and then back in again, this will NOT force the update…it will only anger people on your friends list who will keep getting a notification. every. time. you sign. in.
  • Be patient, everyone will eventually receive the update

Here are a few of the features that we are including in this update:

 

ESPN on Xbox LIVE*

3,500 Sporting Events A Year – Access more than 3,500 live and on-demand global sporting events from ESPN3.com a year, including college basketball, college football and college bowl games, MLB, NBA, international soccer and more.

Out of Market Games – Catch your favorite college team games. Check out the huge catalog of out of market games and enjoy them on the big screen.

The Best Ways to Watch – Enjoy HD programming, DVR controls, plus access to hundreds of clips from ESPN3.com, refreshed daily.

Games at a Glance – Keep up on real-time score information using ESPN.com’s score feed without leaving the game you’re watching. View scores for leagues and games currently in the ESPN.com feed and select “Watch Live” or “Watch Replay” to jump straight into that game.

Predict the Winner – Pick what team you think will win. While watching selected games in college football, college basketball, MLB, and NBA, you will be prompted to vote for your team of choice. You’ll also see the percentage of votes among the Xbox LIVE viewing community.

Voice Chat – Voice chat with up to seven other friends while watching the big game.

My Sports – To customize your ESPN on Xbox LIVE experience, click on the “Events, Highlights and More” slot on the homepage and browse by sport to pick a specific league that you want to follow for the season. The league that you select will now automatically display in your My Sports Channel.

Zune Music*

Zune Pass – Zune Pass is a monthly subscription service that gives you unlimited, on demand streaming of millions of songs at launch from all the major music labels and thousands of independent labels.

Enhanced search – Search the broad library to find your favorite artists, albums, songs and playlists.

Social – Connect with like-minded fans on the Zune online community and get new music recommendations. Zune Social also lets you see friend’s Avatars and listen to their recently played songs or check out their favorite artists.

Smart DJ – Instantly create customized playlists by selecting an artist and have Smart DJ find songs that complement your selection.

Netflix* Search – Experience a streamlined search function making it much easier to find the movies and TV shows you want to watch.

 

Improved voice chat quality – The audio codec is updated to improve Xbox LIVE Party audio quality. So grab your friends and jump into a multiplayer game or catch a big game with friends via ESPN3.

 

Improved Gamertag creation – Choosing a new Gamertag? If the Gamertag you’re looking for is already taken, your Avatar will spin a wheel and we will provide five other Gamertag suggestions at a time for you to choose from.


Streamlined in-dashboard virtual keyboard
– We’ve taken the existing QWERTY keyboard in-dash and made it easier to use for scenarios that involve repeated text entry, when signing up for LIVE within the dashboard for example.


Improved Xbox LIVE Marketplace UI and browse experience
– The Game Marketplace has been re-organized to provide streamlined access to the gaming and video content you want, reducing the number of steps to get to a download.


Easier to get on a wireless network
– Trying to connect to a wireless network? Now you can see a list of all the wireless networks within range when you go into network settings.  From there, you can select a new network or further configure the network you’re connected to.


Ability to sign-out other controllers in the sign-in UI
– We’re adding the ability to sign-out profiles on other controllers in the sign-in UI within the Guide. This is especially useful when playing games like Rock Band.


New browse experience for 100% completed games
– You spent a lot of time and effort earning those Achievements, so we’re giving you a new and better way to browse all of them.


Updated Family Settings
– Xbox 360 continues to lead the industry in efforts to create tools that help parents and caregivers choose the right play and viewing settings for their families. We are enhancing the core Family Settings tools for all Xbox LIVE members:


Family Programming
– When turned on, Family Programming disables display of all mature content on the dashboard and can be turned on or off with a protected password for individual members (per account). It also highlights all family-friendly entertainment.

Intelligent Default Settings – Your Xbox automatically customizes privacy and activity settings for each member, based on age (child, teen and adult). These settings can later be individually customized.

Title Exceptions – Allow your family members to play specific games above the console’s designated ESRB/PEGI (etc.) rating as you deem appropriate.

* Xbox LIVE Gold account required to access these features. Not all features available in all Xbox LIVE Regions.

 

Update: Boot to disc is currently unavailable. See this Support Article for details. This WILL return in a future update.

 

Comments

  • TANK 2old2play

    I had high hopes for ESPN but it’s been kind of a letdown throughout the beta. I want to watch on demand pro level sports, not College level sports or obscure things like cricket and soccer. GIve me NFL. MLB, USTA, NBA… that’s what I want out of ESPN. If what’s on there now is all we’re going to get out of it, it’s another pointless add-on to my dashboard like facebook, twitter and MSN chat.

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  • Skip Freethrow

    This new dashboard update really should have the option to revert to the NXE dashboard. I don’t like being pushed new software updates for hardware (Kinect) I don’t own or intend to own.

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  • uzivatel

    @MACPH1ST0: the searing white majorneson.com probably did that already

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  • Sausage Villan

    wow you made the dlc easier to look at by adding CATEGORIES !!! way to innovate yet for some reason you took away the ability to look up my soecific game’s dlc with how having to browse the innovative categories … i liked it before when i could just press Y when i was on my game and go to downloads now it’s just play game or install/delete game

    so PLEASE can we have an option to go back to the old dashboard i like it just fine and come on the old adage is if it aint broke don’t fix it; not if it aint broke, break it … i aint never gonna buy a kinect and to be honest with you they way you have been treating us microsoft i aint never buying another xbox when this one breaks or when the next console wave comes i am going to go to sony or to say i am going back to sony

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  • JayCee500

    Some new features are great! Glad to see some improvements!

    Couple of comments below. They already have been brought up but the more we are posting our opinions the more chances Major should read them.. (yes??):

    – Colors are excessively bright on certain HDTV’s. I now try to avoid staying long times on the dashboard or I end up getting a headache. Maybe add a choice background color, or the background changes depending on time of day?

    – I also do have this seemingly new loading time when scrolling around on the Dashboard.. is this by design (I doubt it)?

    – New chat I’m not sure yet. The mic’s voice recognition is better for sure but something keeps bothering me when I play a game. It seems like before the feel of the chat was sounding like the other person was on a earphone.. now I feel like the person is literally talking in person, 1 inch from my ear… which is kinda uncomfortable. We tried moving the mic away but that made it sound like a cheap conference call. Don’t know how this could be improved.. I guess you changed it to account for family games coming out with Kinect (multiple chatting from across the room) ?

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  • Arent Argento

    @Sausage Villan
    “i liked it before when i could just press Y when i was on my game and go to downloads now it’s just play game or install/delete game”

    This is the biggest problem I have with the update. It is annoying that you have to navigate to the marketplace.

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  • KEVN38

    I like it. Thanks for the dashboard update.

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  • NeoVampyre

    Okay so today I discovered my major complaint about the new dashboard! In short, after spending the past four years doing everything I can to keep secure my closely guarded gaming secret and key to the safety of my gamertag, Xbox has decided to clearly display it on the My Xbox/Profile page – MY HOTMAIL ADDRESS!!! WHY!!!! Hell I know it and clearly don’t want anyone else to do so, why not go the whole hog and just display my password underneath it as well! I thought Microsoft was security aware and seems to spend a lot of time advising people about security, phlishing and keeping sensitve data safe and then they go and do this?!?

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  • Indigo0086

    A prettier coat on the same convoluted, unintuitive and uncustomary service that is Xbox live. Still find it funny that “My xbox” isn’t the first thing you see when you sign in, but Spotlight (Microsoft’s Advertisement Red-Light district.

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  • QuiCkz AleX

    I like it. Thanks for the dashboard update.

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  • Lohengriehn

    Nice new dashboard. But please lower its brightness. It really blinds people.

    And there is a problem with your messenger. The chatname of chatpartners is their email-adress now:-/
    Havent figured out how to change that back like it was before the update. The name looks like this way now: a@b.com . Now imagine someone with a longer email-adress….

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  • Shawcross

    I miss my boot to disc option. Hopefully you guys update it soon

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  • NautoAce

    Not bad, I like it, it felt that the Xbox Dash Board merge w/ the old NXE, still there still room for improvement, it’s not perfect.

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  • X PeCH

    no espn for europe …laaame!

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