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 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, refreshed daily.

Games at a Glance – Keep up on real-time score information using’s score feed without leaving the game you’re watching. View scores for leagues and games currently in the 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.



  • Shawcross

    Can’t wait till I can finally talk to all my friends who were not in the beta. 🙂


  • Atomicow

    Been using this for a few weeks. It’s not like the jump from the blades to NXE. In fact, it’s pretty much identical in terms of how it works. Just a bit cleaner.


  • Ganon255

    Great thanks, Major. I would like to request a Youtube app for the next update, maybe you can add it when you guys add Hulu support.


  • mrfusiononcar

    YAYA so the beta is over we can now blog and talk about it all openly.


  • Gonzo345



  • Gonzo345

    LOVE the new audio codec, simply love it.


  • madlulz

    Sleek, sexy, and modern. A great looking update with nice guide changes. The added functionality of Kinect will be seemless.


  • Gonzo345

    @mrfusiononcar Kinect beta is not over until the Kinect official launch, so be warned.


  • kiappariellos

    please ban people that played black ops pre-release with mod xbox


  • Glenn ZA

    The update means one step closer for us in South Africa to receive Xbox LIVE! Very very excited!
    Favourite feature though with this update must be improved voice chat facility and easier to connect with Wi-Fi.


  • HsitH

    Yeah, the new Audio Codec its a BIG improvement. Thanks Major, downloading now 😉


  • a peeking duck

    kiappariellos: those folks might have gotten their copy early because stores broke street date.


  • Agent Klutz

    My Halo Reach Beta hoodie for my Avatar is missing!! where did it go after the update? I went to the avatar marketplace and it redownloaded all my items but no Halo Reach Beta hoodie.


  • Randy No Arms

    @Agent Klutz – in the rare case that the initial update didn’t take, you can go back into the Editor and it will attempt to update it a second time. Another option is to go to the Memory section of your local storage, deleting the local copy, and downoading the Award again in the Avatar Editor. HTH!


  • reyalP LGSO

    The update looks really good. The new ESPN on LIVE feature is great, although I am not a big sports fan having the resources of ESPN at my fingertips may just change that.
    Heartfelt and sincere thanks for not adding Kinect navigation markers to the dashboard by default. Right at the last minute I got concerned I would see Kinect navigation symbols and markers all over the dashboard even though I don’t own one.


  • SAKY

    the new voice chat quality is nice. My friend and I have both had to disconnect and reconnet our mics to get them working after the update. Perhaps this should be a PSA.


  • kiappariellos

    ahhaha the game black ops is aviable on warez channel xbox-sky tracker..se7entis..and more and more

    please wipe the XBOXLIVE from the trash user


  • FlipperGameplay

    This is so much faster and better now. Browsing dashboard and marketplace without lag. Perfect.


  • metallicorphan

    i can’t sign in to,anyone else having problems??


  • seven16

    @majornelson now we got the highlight section with kinect games, are there demos planed or could infos about if we could download kinect games as games on demand on release date?


  • Ted Supreme

    Hey Xbox team, please change the weird 3D, in and out effect on the Friends List. I actually feel like I’m getting some sort of motion sickness here.


  • Stephan1237

    So this is the update everyone is talking about. All US only stuff and no new Holland/Europe stuff?


  • h725rk

    Is ESPN in Germany available?


  • UnsocialAl

    netflix streaming in canada if it works
    as of right now its not letting me activate my console will try again later to see if it is because of how new the update is

    and the new audio codec is upthere

    also the updating of messenger so it doesnt force all other locations to sign out is a welcome improvement


  • Sphyder

    Can the UK please get BBC iPlayer, 4OD and Love Film support. I am sick of these new features only being for the US, it isn’t fair. Facebook, Twitter and suck using a controller, I just use my iPhone.


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