**update** It was supposed to start pushing out this morning but hadn’t at the time I’ve written this… Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb has been tweeting updates all day and you should follow him @majornelson to get the most up to the minute info..
Microsoft wants you to know that if you have an Xbox360, hold on, because you’re getting an update that they promise will make you feel like it’s a whole new console.
The new dashboard, rolling out on Tuesday the 6th, follows the largely loved Metro design seen in Windows Phone 7 and will be seen in the future Microsoft 8 OS. Much of what was foretold at E3 looks to be coming with all new search functionality, including voice command search via Kinect and the idea that your Xbox360 is now more of a full time media hub than just a gaming device.
Full You Tube, Netflix, ESPN, UFC and other intrigation are all part of trying to get the user to stay on their Xbox when not playing, and watching media through it rather than another source.
There is also now cloud saving for Live users with Gold accounts that make it easy to move files and game progress from console to console, and a new game scheduling feature called, “Beacons”. This allows the user to send out appointments to friends to pre-plan game playing times so going full nerd can be a fully co-ordinated event.
Be on the lookout starting tomorrow, and report back to me your thoughts and experiences… I’m interested because believe it or not, I am still running an original XBOX360 from the day they went on sale, way back when. Yup, never had the “ring of death” or any failures. Not sure how. But I wonder how well my 7-8 year old unit will play and perform with all of this new soft/hardware…
- Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 update hits tomorrow. Here’s what to expect. (thenextweb.com)
- Xbox 360 Dashboard update (Fall 2011) review (engadget.com)