A Letter from Marc Whitten: A New Xbox 360 Experience

The following is a letter from CVP of Xbox LIVE Marc Whitten that he wanted me to share directly with the Xbox LIVE community. 

Dear Xbox LIVE Members,

Today, we’re launching a new Xbox 360 experience that connects you with your favorite entertainment and games like never before and makes finding and enjoying entertainment as simple as it should be.

It’s a vision we shared at E3 and I’d like to thank you for all of your valuable feedback along this incredible ride and share a little more about what we have in store this holiday – from Beacons, cloud storage and Facebook sharing, to our latest entertainment offerings.

Building upon our great lineup of partners, we’ve teamed up with nearly 40 of the world’s leading TV & entertainment providers to bring you an array of live and on-demand TV, movies, games, sports and music experiences. The first wave of new partners rolls out today with experiences like EPIX and TODAY (MSNBC) in the US, LOVEFiLM in the UK, Sky Go in Germany, Premium Play by (MediaSet) in Italy and Telefonica España – Movistar Imagenio in Spain. And we’ll continue to roll out more entertainment content to Xbox LIVE in the coming months.

Beyond entertainment, you’ll find a number of features designed to make your Xbox experience more personal, social and effortless. The dashboard has an entirely new look and feel and a completely reimagined interface that makes your entertainment accessible through simple voice commands. Now, using voice search with Bing on Xbox, you can find and play the programming you want across multiple entertainment providers without having to search for a remote control. In the mood for ‘The Office?’ Just say “Xbox, Bing, ‘The Office,’” and Xbox will display all episodes available from various entertainment apps across the console.

We’re also bringing you Beacons and Facebook sharing, further integrating social into your Xbox experience. Before jumping into an episode of ‘The Office,’ you can activate a Beacon to let your friends know that you want to play, say, “Gears of War 3.” Then, sit back and relax with the Dunder Mifflin crew. The Beacon will let you know when a LIVE friend is available for a round of Horde in Gears. After the game, use Facebook Sharing to tout your achievements and showcase your in-game accomplishments through direct posts.

While we’re proud of our capability to connect you remotely to the global community of more than 35 million Xbox LIVE members, sometimes there’s nothing like being with your friends and family. And so we’ve added cloud storage so you can access game saves and your LIVE profile, including achievements, from your friends’ consoles as well.

Lastly, with the ever-expanding library of content available, we realize Xbox is enjoyed by all members of the family. Rest assured that our parental controls have improved in parallel with this new content. Parents can manage their child’s console activity, sharing on social networking sites as well as regulate access to games, movies, television, and music. Additionally, the update brings enhanced navigation to Xbox 360 Family Settings to better integrate with Kinect.

We strive to continually innovate and bring meaningful experiences to each and every member of the Xbox LIVE community. Currently, our community is already enjoying 2.1 billion hours of entertainment each month. We imagine this number will only continue to grow as you discover enhanced entertainment on Xbox this holiday that is instantly searchable, easily discoverable and enjoyable in extraordinary new ways. We hope you enjoy this new chapter in the evolution of Xbox and continue to push us to write the next.

See you on LIVE,

Marc Whitten

Gamertag – Notwen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricardo-Correia/659145357 Ricardo Correia

    I like the dash, but I won’t pay 60€ again and get half or not even that of what people get for less money in other countries. And yes I live in Portugal, and yes Xbox Portugal should get a staff revision…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/saiboxer António Pereira

    Please, lost a little time reading this … I know it’s a little long, but it’s important for a lot of people of your community – that’s what Xbox Players should be.

    The new Dashboard is great, but … I just need to ask: Why you (Xbox) accepted my inscription on the Preview if I cannot participate on it? I just have a blank channel in my console … and it seems is until the next year.

    Why? Because I have a Portuguese account. I pay more for the Live than the other players of other countries, for less content.
    I know that the other people in year will be tired of all this comments about Portuguese lack of content, but please, you should understand our position: we all are part of the same community. Imagine that you don’t have Indie Games, 99% of the new Apps that will be included soon, 100% of the content you already had, etc.I really can understand the absence of the Dashboard in Portuguese from Portugal (the real Portuguese, not the Brazilian) since Brazilian people are more than 190X more than us, but what I can’t really get is why we don’t have the same, or at least, a lot more content like the other players who like us pay for the Live Account (less actually), for the games (less again), and accessories (imagine … less).here in Portugal PlayStation is King, and Nintendo is growing a lot since it is represented by Nintendo itself … but Xbox seems to give up of our market. No pub, no content, no promotion events, nothing … and now, even us, the players are being putted aside (well, this is not completely true since we have less content since ever).Thanks for your attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Hate Metro interface!!! Achievement Unlocked: Angry Gamer. Achievement Unlocked: Gold Account Cancelled. Achievement Unlocked: Skipping Windows 8.

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  • http://twitter.com/Darkwatch1137 Darkwatch1137

    Fix the Themes interface to the previews one cuz my premium themes wont display as it was desinged and i can’t see the backgrond pictures that are behind the avatars of my friends and, I PAY FOR THAT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    For the love of god put the games tab before the blooy tv and film one its a games console!!!!! Its a stupid layout.

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  • Anonymous

    Well with the new dash I can no longer find a way to start Kinect fun labs.

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  • Nick Campbell

    The update has broken the ability to stream WAV music from PC to Xbox 360. All I now hear is white noise. Surely this wasn’t meant to happen. I have no idea where to report these problems

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  • http://twitter.com/_jintz John

    This update has broken the ability for me to sign into my Xbox.  This has been broken since at least last Wednesday. 
    “Sorry, XBOX LIVE can’t downloading profiles right now. Try again later.”
    Error code 80151103

    Always the same error, HELP!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Noah-Throop/1030695690 Noah Throop

    The new dash is good but will youtube come to xbox soon plz tell me.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ismael-Khan/100001779326267 Ismael Khan

      only in 24counties wher do u live?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNMQ7FSEMXKO4ZOB2PKWCURFKE John Giles

    I think they should offer achievements for the new interface!  50GS for figuring out how to get to (instert pretty much anything here).  I figure they could offer 1000GS like a disc based game, and then with every modification to it, offer 250 more with new features.  

    In other words…. THIS UPDATE SUCKS.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1538659801 Jason Butcher

    I have made some very valid points in the king of fighters blog post that major nelson uploaded a couple days ago. if you agree please comment!!! 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1538659801 Jason Butcher

    my comments are under- J triple dash. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/inc420oz Casey Wheeler

    What a joke Netflix is officially the worst on any device, used to like it more then my Roku player, but now that you start show’s automatically and it’s slower then dial up, that should be removed. I like the interface, but auto starting show’s and the slowness is just annoying. Also the advertisements are a slap in the face to your users, every tab has one, when I use bing i get some, Gold members pay 60 bucks a year or more to play online, and with game companies charging 10 bucks now. Your gold deal of the week was never enough to justify 60 bucks vs. free on the PS3, deal of the week is a stretch. I might get lucky and you’ll discount something that’s been out for a year and i haven’t already gotten it. so deal of the year is more accurate, now you’ve got ads littering the dashboard and search results. All you did was give us a new interface, and screw up the Netflix app. Other then that 6 years as a gold member plus hundreds of dollars in add ons and games, will be gone when the PS4 beats your 720 or 360 2 or Xbox 3! Whatever you call it, the PSN is becoming just as good and in some ways better then Xbox live, you better come up with something better then Kinect and an old discounted game once a week to keep people with you. THROW US A FEW MORE ADS AND MESS UP THE APPS EVEN MORE, AND SEE WHERE YOUR LOYAL FANS GO WHEN THE NEW CONSOLES COME OUT.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/inc420oz Casey Wheeler

    What a joke Netflix is officially the worst on any device, used to like it more then my Roku player, but now that you start show’s automatically and it’s slower then dial up, that should be removed. I like the interface, but auto starting show’s and the slowness is just annoying. Also the advertisements are a slap in the face to your users, every tab has one, when I use bing i get some, Gold members pay 60 bucks a year or more to play online, and with game companies charging 10 bucks now. Your gold deal of the week was never enough to justify 60 bucks vs. free on the PS3, deal of the week is a stretch. I might get lucky and you’ll discount something that’s been out for a year and i haven’t already gotten it. so deal of the year is more accurate, now you’ve got ads littering the dashboard and search results. All you did was give us a new interface, and screw up the Netflix app. Other then that 6 years as a gold member plus hundreds of dollars in add ons and games, will be gone when the PS4 beats your 720 or 360 2 or Xbox 3! Whatever you call it, the PSN is becoming just as good and in some ways better then Xbox live, you better come up with something better then Kinect and an old discounted game once a week to keep people with you. THROW US A FEW MORE ADS AND MESS UP THE APPS EVEN MORE, AND SEE WHERE YOUR LOYAL FANS GO WHEN THE NEW CONSOLES COME OUT.

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  • http://twitter.com/noclue_27 L L

    Cool, but when will we be able to do simple things like pause a DVD with kinect voice control?…. >.<

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  • Henrik Engblom

    Please let people outside US and some other places use Voice commands! I have tried it on a US account and worked great with my Swedish accent! But Microsoft won’t let me use it on my own account because I live in Sweden! And please don’t do a Swedish version, I want to speak English not some awkward Swedish. Don’t even know most tech words in my own language because nothing tech I have uses Swedish.

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