Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com Updates this week

 

This week, both Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com will receive small updates that I wanted to make you aware of.

 

Xbox LIVE Dashboard update:

On Wednesday, January 19th we will issue a mandatory dashboard update that (re) enables the ‘Boot to Disc’ option in the Xbox 360 dashboard. After you accept the update, you’ll be able to set the option to boot to the Xbox 360 dashboard OR directly to the game you have in the tray when you power up your console. This option can be found in the System Settings.

 

Xbox.com update:

Additionally, on Thursday January 20th the Xbox.com team will ship an update that contains a small update to the Gamercards. We’ve updated the Gamercard look and feel a bit and removed gamerzone from the card. Other than that, the same amount of information is on the card. Here is an example:

 

New Design

 

 

Most people may not notice these small changes but I know many of you appreciate knowing the details when we issue updates.

 

Comments

  • ElektroDragon

    I would have appreciated a better looking Xbox logo on the new card. Maybe one that is actually in color? Looks kind of blah.

    Also, do we not get a new XBLA game at all tomorrow? Can you clarify? Thanks!

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  • MACPH1ST0

    Hmm I didn’t even realize that option was gone from the System Settings. But then again I’ve always had all my 360s set to boot to the Dashboard anyway. Any other changes coming with this Dashboard update or is that it?

    Also I hope there’s going to be a LOT more changes to xbox.com (other than an unnecessary change to gamercards) since the site has been AWFUL since the last major update! Achievement comparison and sorting is completely messed up now and hopefully the cookies for the site will be fixed too so I don’t have to clear them at least once a week just to make the site work.

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  • lewgiffard

    Excellent Major, appreciate the update!

    Any more changes to Xbox.com or solely the gamercards?

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  • rogXue

    Please don’t tell me that’s the final look. Looks plain with too much open space. Is that just proportioned incorrectly on the site? Looks like something that would have been released at launch. Going backwards if you ask me.

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  • Ark Hunter

    And enable Kinect always on spying LOL. Yeah, I didn’t know ‘Boot to Disc’ was gone. Did it accidentally get dropped/broken in some update?

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  • Chux

    Oh hey look, MS is putting back a feature that consumers requested. Other companies could learn a lot from them. 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    @ElektroDragon
    Spare Parts is the arcade game for tomorrow

    http://co-optimus.com/game/1912/xbox-live-arcade/spare-parts.html

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  • CrazyCake

    gamercards look cool, but i have the start up too disc feature i don’t know why an update is needed since i have it and my friend has it too.

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  • RavenousLou

    So they left in the meaningless rep and took out the online status and what the person is/was currently/recently playing? Ugh….

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  • RavenousLou

    Okay, maybe I’m wrong. The Major said the same amount of info is there, it just isn’t present in the mockup. We’ll see.

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  • Tjoeb123

    Uh, Major…I still see the option to boot to a disc. What difference will this make?

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  • SinedX360

    Hello Major,

    For the Gamercards informations about the latest games played, XBLIG games are not mentionned yet.

    Possible in the future ?

    Thanks
    Cheers

    Sined
    http://www.xbla360.fr

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  • Wiseguy

    Thanks Larry!

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  • Arsenic13

    So when can we rate games that we own again? It was removed from the disc tray area and my games. Why?

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  • ElektroDragon

    Thanks Daz!! I almost bought Spare Parts on PS3 tonight thinking it was exclusive!!

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  • AutomaticOcelot

    2010: The Year We Make Contact
    2011: The Year We Add W H I T E S P A C E
    Not really an improvement, sorry.

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  • I DLord I

    Um… will there still be an number to represent how long you have been a member?

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  • halo2redvsblue

    Sweet, now Bring back the abilty to turn off auto renewal on xbox.com and everything will be fine.

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  • Infamous0913

    uhhhh… I still see the boot to disc and dashboard options on my 360… Im confused

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  • aka Scratch

    I thought you could boot to disk before. Was it removed and now back again?

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  • UNSCleric

    Why don’t we get more notification options? I’m sick of having to have to see when everyone signs in just to be able to see when I get Achievements or Messages. Give us more options when it comes to what notifications we do or don’t want to see; it’s been requested for over five years. I’ve been in every Dashboard beta and when I was in the first one in 2007 or 2008, I posted this request in the beta tester boards and it was a huge hit, but it seems it was ignored and continues to be.

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  • Quicksilver4648

    This dashboard update will mean nothing to me but I am sure there are plenty of people who will be glad to finally have to option to Boot-To-Disk back. But, onto the gamercard redesign… ugh… yeah… I see someone is a fan of W H I T E S P A C E. You would think the graphic designers would have opted for a more compact design considering the console itself was given a more compact shape and you’re removing content, not enlarge it and add in unused space. But hey, I didn’t look at tons of market research so help persuade my decision.

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  • SirPwn4g3

    Are the Kinect beta testers ever getting an avatar shirt?

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  • Skrapshak

    “Boot to disk” was broken with the November 1, 2010 update. Now it will be fixed. Hoorah!

    Now that the dashboard is more “vibrant”, why are you reverting to a subdued Gamercard? It kind of stinks like a PSNID.

    Oh well, I am a proponent of change. I hope the new Gamercard format gets a few tweaks to make it more ubiquitous with the Dashboard and the Xbox.com website.

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  • xTye

    So wait…your dumbasses removed the option? It was there before…

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