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New 360 Dashboard Coming August 11

Movie party, Games on Demand, achievement display changes, and more to come in next 360 dash update.


Now you won't have to shame yourself in person to purchase a copy of this.
While the preview program is just getting underway, with early updates rolling out to folks who supplied their console information via survey, the next update to the Xbox 360 dashboard will roll out in force on August 11.

That news comes via a Microsoft press release, which also talks a bit about what'll be in said update. The features have all been previously announced, including the ability to get friends together for group-based Netflix streaming, a feature that I don't quite think I understand yet. When I'm watching movies, I generally want everyone to shut the hell up. Wearing a headset so I can hear a group of people prattle on while I watch something only makes sense if we're watching something that's completely awful... oh. OK, yeah, now I get it. There's some truly awful stuff in the Netflix streaming library, so this makes perfect sense.

The Games on Demand service that lets you purchase digital versions of Xbox 360 games will be part of the update, and Mass Effect is expected to be among the first releases, along with BioShock, Assassin's Creed, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Over 30 games will be available on the 11th.

The marketplace for premium avatar clothing and props will also launch on the 11th, letting you "purchase branded apparel from your favorite fashion labels and Xbox 360 games." Do you think you'll spend money on any virtual gear for your dashboard dude? I've always felt that clothing companies needed to work something out where I could buy clothes in a store and get a download code so my avatar could wear the same article of clothing. Or, alternately, let me preview clothing on my avatar and when I buy it there, send the real-world clothing to me at home. Other than the process of actually creating the digital versions of an entire clothing line, that sort of physical/digital clothing thing seems way more exciting to me than "hey, you could buy a Halo helmet."

Of course, this won't be the full roll out for all the announced dashboard features. Support for Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm is still in the works along with the video marketplace overhaul that'll allow for 1080p streaming. All of that is pegged for release this Fall. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

Now you won't have to shame yourself in person to purchase a copy of this.
While the preview program is just getting underway, with early updates rolling out to folks who supplied their console information via survey, the next update to the Xbox 360 dashboard will roll out in force on August 11.

That news comes via a Microsoft press release, which also talks a bit about what'll be in said update. The features have all been previously announced, including the ability to get friends together for group-based Netflix streaming, a feature that I don't quite think I understand yet. When I'm watching movies, I generally want everyone to shut the hell up. Wearing a headset so I can hear a group of people prattle on while I watch something only makes sense if we're watching something that's completely awful... oh. OK, yeah, now I get it. There's some truly awful stuff in the Netflix streaming library, so this makes perfect sense.

The Games on Demand service that lets you purchase digital versions of Xbox 360 games will be part of the update, and Mass Effect is expected to be among the first releases, along with BioShock, Assassin's Creed, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Over 30 games will be available on the 11th.

The marketplace for premium avatar clothing and props will also launch on the 11th, letting you "purchase branded apparel from your favorite fashion labels and Xbox 360 games." Do you think you'll spend money on any virtual gear for your dashboard dude? I've always felt that clothing companies needed to work something out where I could buy clothes in a store and get a download code so my avatar could wear the same article of clothing. Or, alternately, let me preview clothing on my avatar and when I buy it there, send the real-world clothing to me at home. Other than the process of actually creating the digital versions of an entire clothing line, that sort of physical/digital clothing thing seems way more exciting to me than "hey, you could buy a Halo helmet."

Of course, this won't be the full roll out for all the announced dashboard features. Support for Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm is still in the works along with the video marketplace overhaul that'll allow for 1080p streaming. All of that is pegged for release this Fall.
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Posted by Hammerjelly

Depends how much the clothes go for. Sometimes I end up with a few extra points. What else am I going to use 40 points for?

Posted by Cerza

I am 100% with you on the movies thing Jeff. I hate when other people are talking during the movie I am trying to watch, which is why I usually watch movies alone.

Posted by Snuffy

Eh, I don't really mind for this update.

Posted by StarFoxA

Too bad my 360 just red ringed.

Posted by JJWeatherman

Sounds good. Looking forward to the games on demand the most for sure.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

I really hate the NXE, I wish they would just drop the whole thing and start over.

Posted by Linkyshinks

 I prefer silence also, but if I'm watching a classic film with friends I like a little chatter.

Posted by Jixashauser

Whoo, that´s my birthday!

Posted by Vincenzo

All the cool social media stuff isn't coming til the Fall. meh.

Posted by Dany

This might be the way i get to play bioshock.

Posted by FlamingHobo

The update is pretty much useless to me probably won't be watching movies with friends over Xbox Live since I would rather watch a movie with friends in person. Not too excited about Games on Demand though, not until it becomes hard to find copies of certain X360 games. As for the Avatar clothing... I'm not too hot on the idea of paying money for virtual clothing I'd prefer clothing to be unlocked by Achievements or something similar.

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Posted by lordofultima

Another new dashboard? Jesus just leave it alone Microsoft! I'm just getting used to NXE and now you're going to confuse me yet again.

Posted by Th3_James

>_>  my friend already obtained this. Not for retail though. but still, like a week or 2 ago. <_<

Posted by Skillface

As long as the load times on the dashboard decrease, I could care less about everything else.

Posted by Th3_James

Theaters are getting on my nerves now. People are always talking and are too loud. I preffer watching movies in my basement, with no light in the room, and my good speakers, and my tv

Posted by Th3_James
@lordofultima said:
" Another new dashboard? Jesus just leave it alone Microsoft! I'm just getting used to NXE and now you're going to confuse me yet again. "
i hate the NXE. The latest dash for devs looks so nice, and it is shexy
Posted by Lobster_Ear

Cool, it's on my birthday :)

Posted by phlegms

Looks Like I'm going to need a bigger hard-drive....as soon as Microsoft lower the price on them that is..

Posted by MattyFTM

I'd buy Giant Bomb clothing for my avatar. But any other clothing, no.

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Posted by ev_rowe
@Th3_James: Pics or it didn't happen :P
Edited by Th3_James
@ev_rowe said:
" @Th3_James: Pics or it didn't happen :P "
i don't need to prove shit. I am not gonna start posting screen caps from my friends development kit, that he shouldn't have. When we chill he will bring over one of his kits, and show me some mods he made, or unfinished builds of games taken off P.N

just forget i said anything..............
Posted by JJOR64

I read about that and I fucking laughed.  August 11th is my birthday.  Best present ever?

Posted by Parsnip

I hope the games on demand is an international thing.

Posted by Th3_James

if u consider that the best present ever than i feel sorry for you.

an awesome present would be a night club with like all mah friends, and open bar, while i ride around on a polar bear inside the club :D

Posted by Roger_Klotz

I'm actually excited for the facebook app. I'll probably check it everytime I start my 360.

Posted by LaszloKovacs

I got totally excited for this, then realized that Last.FM support isn't in this update. Guess I'm waiting until fall.

Posted by Th3_James

umm games on demand, i have a fast connection but 6.5-7.5gb game downloads would take awhile from live. LIVE is fuckin slow.

Posted by Karmum

Not really even interested in this update, but I did the survey for the opportunity of testing out the new update.

Posted by teh_destroyer
@MattyFTM said:
" I'd buy Giant Bomb clothing for my avatar. But any other clothing, no. "
this.
Posted by THESCORCHO

I think the title of this article is confusing some people. I wouldn't say this is a new dashboard as much as just a fairly big update.

Posted by John1912

Really Sonic? I couldnt see that selling back when he was actually popular.

Posted by mnzy

Will there be thongs in the clothing marketplace?

I wanna show what i got.
Posted by Th3_James

i wouldn't buy it using ms points. But why doesn't Giant Bomb have like site achievements

that would be pretty cool. GIANT BOMB GUYS SHOULD DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Manatassi

I'm Angry!!! About this Update!!! Its SHIT I hate it!!! I havent read the article BUT I STILL HATE IT!!! 


I feel like Ive been raped by...  (looks at title)  Microsoft!!!! I refuse to pay $40 for this updatye!!!!

And I hate that they are making all the text in Chinese!!!!  And shooting innocent children and bunnies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANGER ANGER ANGER GRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!

-_-

(yes that was my attempt to blend in.)
Posted by Keeng
@JJOR64 said:
" I read about that and I fucking laughed.  August 11th is my birthday.  Best present ever? "
lol It's definitely up there. Dissidia: Final Fantasy comes out on August 25th, my 21st birthday. Totally getting it.
Posted by Video_Game_King

Wait, how will the Games on Demand thing work? That's what I really want to know. Will it use points? Are they full games? How will they be stored?

Posted by day2daze
@Hammerjelly:

uh, like save it for something idk actually worth buying...
Posted by CL60
@lordofultima said:
" Another new dashboard? Jesus just leave it alone Microsoft! I'm just getting used to NXE and now you're going to confuse me yet again. "
It's an update..not a new dashboard.
Posted by eXists
@phlegms said:
"Looks Like I'm going to need a bigger hard-drive....as soon as Microsoft lower the price on them that is.."

exactly my problem too, still stuck on that 20 GB which sux, waiting for the new terabyte? one or the 120 gb to drop more....
Posted by Kajaah117
@Video_Game_King said:
" Wait, how will the Games on Demand thing work? That's what I really want to know. Will it use points? Are they full games? How will they be stored? "
Points AND credit or debit. And the prices will be listed as actual earth money. The games will obviously be stored on the hard drive, and will use the same DRM as other downloadable content and games. Save up for that 120gb.
Posted by Ineedaname

Here come the adverts?

Posted by Laticsfan

Gah, the only dashboard update I'm looking forward to is last.fm but it's not even in this update.

Posted by agentboolen

Why would they even allow sonic's 360 game as a digital download??  Its not even a finished game!!!  For buying clothes for your avatar I still think this is stupid, if I'm buying clothes it's going to be for me, not my digital avatar!!  Oh well Facebook sounds cool, but I would rather be getting hulu though!!!

Posted by agentboolen
@Kajaah117 said:
" @Video_Game_King said:
" Wait, how will the Games on Demand thing work? That's what I really want to know. Will it use points? Are they full games? How will they be stored? "
Points AND credit or debit. And the prices will be listed as actual earth money. The games will obviously be stored on the hard drive, and will use the same DRM as other downloadable content and games. Save up for that 120gb. "
Anyone thats going to save up for 120gb hd just so they can give Microsoft more money is out of there freaking mind!!!!  Microsoft wants to sell shi*t to me they should being giving me a good deal on a 120gb, not ripping me off!!!
Posted by Death_Unicorn

Can't wait.

Posted by Doonee63

Games on Demand seems interesting, but I don't have much space for anything.

Posted by MachoFantastico

Where's my Last.FM feature?

The only LIVE Update feature I care about, the rest seem a little on the dull side. Including Games on Demand, my many Rock Band 2 tracks are already taking up some space.

Posted by Kolonel_Kool

I'm just waiting on the Facebook and Twitter stuff.  I'm okay with Avatar Marketplace, if it has stuff that's cool.
Sidenote: I'm watching ZZ Top on WWE Raw.  It's just as terrible as it sounds.

Posted by RiotBananas
@Skillface: Please don't do use the phrase "could care less"

It's "couldn't care less" :)

Also, I doubt this update will change the layout (to those worried) All I will do is add a few more channels (whoops I referenced the Wii!

I wish they would streamline the Marketplaces into one single "Marketplace" which then branched out into Game, Video and Avatar respectively.

Surely that's better?
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