Xbox LIVE and Updates this week


This week, both Xbox LIVE and 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. update:

Additionally, on Thursday January 20th the 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.



  • AnEternalEnigma


    It’s been almost a year since you guys shut off the original Xbox Live.

    And we have a friends cap of 100. What was the point of even doing this anyways?


  • Shiaoran

    The new gamercard looks very bland… As everything does these days… Next thing we know the next Xbox will be glossy white with round shapes and a glowing bitten Xbox logo on top that screams “PRETTY! STYLISH! I’M NOT A GAMER, UNLESS THAT’S WHAT’S COOL NOW, IN WHICH CASE I TOTALLY AM!”.


  • Boe2

    Just out of curiousity: where the gamerzones ever actually used for something?


  • AmazonianAngel

    the boot to disk option was broken and missing?
    I set mine to boot to dashboard and never knew it was missing


  • sho220

    i don’t really like the new gamercard. it looks too big and the colors aren’t anything special.

    also, i’m guessing since your name is in gold, that means you have a gold account. i prefer the gold/silver bars along the top.

    furthermore, with a redesign, i’d think how many years you’ve been a gold number would’ve worked its way into the card.

    so in summary, i could live with the new design if the overall size is cut down a bit, and if it provides a better representation for gold/silver accounts. adding how many years you’ve been a gold member would be +1 point 🙂


  • IRB

    Looks good, but still no tenure number is shown?

    There is plenty of room for it now, get rid of that xbox logo and pop the number in there 🙂


  • QuiCkz AleX

    Great News


  • Thief000

    Xbox update is great! Keep the good stuff coming.

    But the gamercard update is total BS. Why on earth is REP still on the card?! Everybody gets a 5 star rep eventually no matter how much people hate you and downvote you on Xbox Live.

    You can leave the rep system in place but remove the stars from the gamer cards and replace them with “games played” or “games completed”, or better yet “Games:117/256” for example that combines both. A statistic that people would actually like to see instead of meaningless mumbo jumbo.


  • bullka LT

    I would have got rid of rep stars as well. I haven’t yet met a person in XBL with less than 5 stars. Unless that was a total noob with 0 gamerscore.
    Why this information is still on the gamercard? Waste of space.


  • Xenokai 360

    Im so glade this update is finally coming out to fix this bug. It been very annoying having a option on my xbox that was broken. Also its something i use alot.


  • A Place for Us

    I miss the feature where you could see the associated Marketplace content when a disc was inserted (on Game Details). Any chance this could come back? I guess Marketplace works a bit differently now, so probably not.


  • Nielsthomas1

    … Why do you keep makinjg things uglier, first the dashboard, now the gamercard.
    Where the fuck are you putting the money I am giving you?
    How about you just do something useful with it for a change, you know like good exclusives (not DLC), features for XBL that I can actually use (the Netherlands) and make sense to use on a console.

    How about a new console that all current Xbox owners get 50% off.

    So far all I am seeing is a price increase for Live, and stuff being removed, and made look hideous. And I sure as hell am not seeing any features other then Twitter and Facebook (which nobody wants to use on a console anyway)


  • Misaki Ki

    Wish they’d release some basic API access so we could pull the data the cards use without risking hassle by MS.



    And yet it still shows the useless rep…..


  • stststststq

    I updated my 360 S, which went fine, then I queued up some stuff from the Marketplace and turned the 360 off so it background downloads it. The disc in the drive immediately span up to a ridiculous speed – way faster than it would ever rotate if you’re just playing a game – and it sounded like the console was going to explode. I quickly pressed eject to get the disc out, and now it seems fine. It might be one of those weird quirks, but you guys might want to check into this to see if it can be replicated.


  • loopingstar

    Why remove the gamer zone from the card ? – Really a strange decision – that was useful information . Totally bemused by that move to be honest :-/


  • AMCope

    I’m fairly sure we already “had” or “have” the boot to disc option.


  • L0rN

    Arrrghhhh, Interrupted in the middle of a speed run in trials HD. Damn it. 😉


  • Pleese Shoot Me

    Ughh! The new gamercards are hideous.

    Why must you keep changing things that are fine?


  • Wils35

    @Chux yes putting BACK a feature they didn’t need to get rid of.


  • Muzzymate

    Everyone, the current dashboard update has a bug in it where the “Boot to Disc” option doesn’t function as expected, even though the menu option still appears. This new update apparently corrects this bug.

    Like the new gamercard look!


  • Jaymoon85

    Must be a new security wave introduced to prevent playing backed up games… which of course will be circumvented.

    At least be honest about what the updates do. Just say it fixes “security holes”, which is true, and also jabs Sony a bit at the moment. But enabling a feature that has been present since launch back in 2005? C’mon….


  • LastHour1

    I wasn’t aware that Boot to Disk was broken. Eh, I don’t use it anyway. I think the new Gamercard looks kind of plain. The current one is perfect. Oh well. Thanks for the details, Major.


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  • AnotherSociety

    Thanks for the Update. Gamercard looks a bit plain why not let us customise our own cards maybe sell some icons and pictures in the marketplace I would buy them 😉 and edit it like our avartars just an idea..


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