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

  • IX Tempest XI

    Lots of BIG UGLY WHITE BOXES that make it hard to look at, and the voice quality is rubbish now – it sounds like people are all sat in plastic boxes with walkie talkies. Not sure why anyone thought for a second that it’s better.

    They really need better people in the Q&A teams.

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  • kiappariellos

    too much white in new dashboard..dont ‘ like much
    how to change color on dashboard ?

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  • hyghwayman

    Updating my 360 as I type.

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  • tozOL

    When my avatar tries to update the clothes, get error code 80070005 tried this now a few times, any reason.
    I have even tried defaulting my clothes in case some not compatable, even though all were fable items.

    So anyone, Major, reason?, fix,??

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  • hyghwayman

    Update complete on my system, will have to wait until tonight to check it out, work is calling.

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  • snoopydoggy

    No ESPN for the UK? And you don’t even tell us that! Thanks!

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  • Legitti

    This update is so shit.

    Where is “Browse all new content” button on Marketplace?
    That wasnt handy? C’mon. Also this sucks for regular players like me whos never gonna get kincet or what ever it is.

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  • Jonners117

    1. Too many white boxes (big, ugly, white boxes) means that I have to sit further away from my TV!
    2. The thumbnails of videos in Zune look horribly stretched and pixelated!
    3. Gold membership is now apparently orange membership!
    4. Descriptions of Achievements (In white text!) don’t stand out against light grey backgrounds!
    5. All text looks slightly more grainy as if its been through a video recorder!
    6. Motto doesn’t stand out (it just gets in the way) when viewing my profile! (More white boxes on top of white boxes!)

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  • metallicorphan

    i still wish i could see all of my background of my premium theme,changing the ‘dome’ to a ‘fog’,doesn’t help

    Major when will those 800 points(for spending 2400 points in October)be dished out?..i wanna buy the FX2 tables with them🙂

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  • davidkenobi

    Really great update. THX all the Xbox Live team !

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  • The Bill Payer

    Finally! I love beta’s but I was getting bloody tired of that one. My only complaint was I couldn’t use my Avatar clothing really. lqtm

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  • A Place for Us

    Finally. I was getting annoyed on a the daily updates.

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  • MrRolfson

    Sweet!

    But I wish ESPN would be available in Belgium too😦

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  • Stephan1237

    The Xbox team only loves United States / UK.

    Other countries doesn’t exist for them🙂

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  • jakula

    Hey I’ve got a problem with my turtle beach x41, no mic and audio is lowered when party chatters talk… Anyone experiencing the same issue ? Otherwise pretty cool update

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  • Euphoric Fusion

    Voice chat is just simply horrible now. How the hell is this an improved codec?!?!?

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  • SteelCougar307

    The update is awesome in general; however, all the white boxes and 3D flipping everywhere gives me a headache. This, coming from someone who sits at a computer and plays 360 games all day!

    Please give us some options to theme and tweak the dashboard and blades. Thanks

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  • Aqualung812

    People that were in beta: Please, stop your complaining about how frequent the updates were. You signed up for that.

    Everyone else complaining about how white it is: I agree, and I commented on multiple threads during the beta about how there needed to be an option for a darker theme. Not everyone wants their Xbox to look like a Wii. No one from Microsoft ever addressed my (and many others) concerns about the white.

    Please, if you don’t like the inability to change colors (like the Pre-NXE 360 had), let Microsoft know. They ignored their beta users that complained about this, so now it is time to hear from everyone. If enough people complain about it, maybe we’ll have the option to change the color of our console again.

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  • driver1775

    The upgrade to the Zune integration is very nice! I especially like how the music continues while you browse for more. It would be nice to have that carry over into the Xbox’s main menu system, or even throughout the games.

    ESPN wasn’t updating for me, but I’ll be excited to see it when it does.

    I do miss the more cartoonishly proportioned Avatars, though — and there was a glitch via the dashboard in upgrading the Avatar Items I’d purchased or won. It took a few tries for it to import them over.

    Great job, Major!

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  • Saint TJ

    Everything looks a bit better, then you get hit with the white and some tiny text. I’m sure that there aren’t any gamers out there with vision problems, right?

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  • Oatmeal25

    The Terms of Use text shows up in French instead of English. I could look at the terms of use but I don’t understand the language so I don’t know what I am agreeing to.

    I believe I have everything marked as English in my profile and I am located in English-speaking Ontario. My ISP’s HQ (Cogeco) is in Quebec so maybe you’re assuming Quebec IP addresses are French?

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  • I DLord I

    Lots of monster sized white boxes… ow, my eyes.

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  • CochransLac

    Im soo glad ESPN3 isnt dumbed down, great update.. The audio codecs didnt update on some movies I stream from the cpu though, no big deal I still like it.

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  • dirt junkie 77

    What have you done! OMG it’s awful! Bland and very boring! Worst of all the only good thing with the old dashboard; the guide button menu, you’ve ruined as well! I miss the first dashboard more than ever now! It wasn’t perfect I know but it had a charm about it and more importantly, wasn’t this bland inoffensive pile of crap.
    Just wanted to say thanks MS, ever year you keep making the PS3 better and better. And not only in terms of value anymore.

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  • ii Washii x

    To bad i had to send my xbox for repair!

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