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NXE Strikes Back With... Holiday Theme

Home who? The first free post-update premium dashboard theme is up on Xbox Live Marketplace, and we're finding it...strangely enticing.

Sony is in the spotlight today with the launch of Home on the PlayStation 3, but Microsoft ain't taking this one lying down, no sir! They've got their own interface-related announcement to make. It's a...uh...OK, it's a holiday theme for your NXE dashboard. I'm not doing a good job of feigning excitement here, am I? At least it's free (if you're a Gold member).

Wait, hang on, I'm feeling something. I'm feeling...festive.

A free theme in a pear tree.






















To be fair, that's the best use so far I've seen of the premium themes, which change out the little graphics behind your friends and everything. And it's hard to argue with a giant ice sculpture of your console. Hit up Marketplace if you want to slap it on yourself. After applying the theme, I had to trade in my avatar's shorts for some long pants and snowboarding gear. Dashboard-me just looked so cold there hanging out in all that ice and snow.

...I don't know what they're doing with this goofy dashboard stuff, but apparently it's working.
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Posted by Brad

Sony is in the spotlight today with the launch of Home on the PlayStation 3, but Microsoft ain't taking this one lying down, no sir! They've got their own interface-related announcement to make. It's a...uh...OK, it's a holiday theme for your NXE dashboard. I'm not doing a good job of feigning excitement here, am I? At least it's free (if you're a Gold member).

Wait, hang on, I'm feeling something. I'm feeling...festive.

A free theme in a pear tree.






















To be fair, that's the best use so far I've seen of the premium themes, which change out the little graphics behind your friends and everything. And it's hard to argue with a giant ice sculpture of your console. Hit up Marketplace if you want to slap it on yourself. After applying the theme, I had to trade in my avatar's shorts for some long pants and snowboarding gear. Dashboard-me just looked so cold there hanging out in all that ice and snow.

...I don't know what they're doing with this goofy dashboard stuff, but apparently it's working.
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Posted by MKHavoc

Cool, I probably go download that now.  I'll never pay for one of these though.

Posted by FallopianTube
Posted by albedos_shadow

Cool, didn't notice it was free.

Edited by Trilogy

I'm... I'm feeling festive too...

Posted by bouncingxferret

Wow, looks pretty cool. Might try it out.

Posted by I_smell

It'll be so dumb to dress my avatar for the weather, but I'm so going to.

Posted by Godzilla_Sushi

Free, right in my price range.

Posted by HatKing

Nice Klungo gamerpic Brad.  I can't download this theme though...not a fan of the coats in the avatar wardrobe and I don't think I could stand watching myself freezing up there.

Posted by Lukeweizer

I like it. It's classy and makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Posted by Doc_Zaius

how do you see yourself in your friends list?

Posted by Daniel_Newton

Love the ice sculpture Xbox 360. I'll download it next time I turn my 360 on, and my avatar so needs some cloves, he must be freezing this time of year.

Posted by KnifeySpoony

I'm...I'm not going to plug my ethernet cord back into my 360 just so I can get this..NO


The fact that it has even crossed my mind scares me

Posted by PhilESkyline

See-through consoles...I would pay top dollar for that.

Posted by JesseG

Doc Zaius, just start a party and you can see yourself, even if no one else joins your party.

Posted by Rayfield
Posted by Death_Burnout

Brad your avatar looks a lot like you. The theme seems actually good, im only a silver member so...yeah there you go. I've yet to feel festive and its slightly bumming me out.

Posted by jaks

1. An Xbox made of ice? Leave it to the art department to solve all Microsoft's hardware problems
2. Maybe all that snow will keep my 360 from red ringing.

Am I really the first with these?

Posted by heavymtlhead

"What happened then? Well on Giant Bomb they say,
Brad Shoemaker's heart grew three sizes that day."

Posted by BiggerBomb

"Goofy" dashboard stuff?! Braaaad? The NXE is teh funz0rz.

Posted by TwoOneFive

Seriously? Okay why don't you post an article about every new theme released on the PSN for the XMB? 

Posted by BiggerBomb
TwoOneFive said:
"Seriously? Okay why don't you post an article about every new theme released on the PSN for the XMB? "

Woah. Easy there, buddy. Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed!

Sheesh!
Posted by HandsomeDead

Nicely festive. I like it. I just hope that once Christmas is done, they release some kind of other free pack that's more interesting than the day and night ones. Unlikely, but a guy can hope.

Posted by greatseth

Yawn.

Posted by RHCPfan24

I got it. Looks neat and festive.

Posted by JoelTGM

very nice!

Posted by ManMadeGod

I went and looked for this today on the Marketplace and couldn't find it............ maybe I'm just blind :(

Posted by Cheapoz

SCREW YOU, SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE!

Posted by Grilledcheez

It's the little things, like a free theme, that people react to the most...that being said...that looks awesome!

Posted by xWOBBx

i wonder if home will do anything special this year for the holidays. i think its stupid how most places and things have christmas themed things, what about the other religions and holidays?  why not just a holiday theme. im an atheist so it doesnt really bother me,  but still seems like discrimination to the others.

Posted by StaticFalconar

Free if you're a paying member?

Whatever at least MS is responding.

Posted by HTTenrai

"...I don't know what they're doing with this goofy dashboard stuff, but apparently it's working."

It's eerie, isn't it? It's so saccharine-sweet, and yet, I can't help but love it. I'm so snagging this when I get home.

Posted by TomA

I dowloaded it,it's kool how much they did with it,and the fact that it's free makes it more awesome!

Posted by DrRandle

I appreciate a free premium update that isn't actually bad at all. That ice 360 is actually pretty spiffy looking. That being said I also enjoy my Fable II Knothole Island theme.

Posted by Brackynews

Stay frosty, America.

Posted by Meteora

Did somebody say free?

I'm sold.

Posted by Tweak
"...I don't know what they're doing with this goofy dashboard stuff, but apparently it's working."

So true. I dont know what kind of witchcraft it is, but it's got me.
Posted by Will

Downloaded it earlier today, looks pretty good love all the blue and white (two of my fav colors)

Posted by AspiringAndy

I cant resist an Xbox 360 Ice theme, im gonna go download this now.
And STFU TwoOneFive!

Edited by Aaox

I'll be a shivering wreck if they bring out more of these. 

YOU THINK MY DUDE LOOKS WARM ENOUGH?
IS HE COLD?
LIGHT THE FIRE!
Posted by cikame

haha, thats exactly what i did, changed up my avatar for the winter season :D

i was actually looking for a winter theme 2 days before this theme came out so what they did was spot on, love my avatar despite its current limited use.

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TwoOneFive

Seriously? Okay why don't you post an article about every new theme released on the PSN for the XMB?

They don't, they post an article about anything that excites or disgusts them because they can and it makes for interesting reading.
Posted by skrutop

My avatar is a black vampire in a crisp white suit.  The undead feel no cold.

Posted by Valke

zzzzzzz...wait huh? Microsoft released a new theme...wake me up when they give us more avatar gear

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

That actually looks cool. I dig ice sculptures. They turn me on. Only not, I know, sad right? Oh well. I guess I'll live being the only person not incredibly aroused by statues of ice.

And TwoOneFive, this is a news-ish worthy thing because, well A) half of the stuff they put up here is just stuff the guys find interesting, and theres also the fact that the PS3 has had the same interface for quite a long time now lol. Not that there's anything wrong with it, I love it, but the 360 has a new interface, and if you read it, you'd see they were just interested because its  the "best use so far I've seen of the premium themes"

Also, your coming off a bit fanboyish. Since the actual release of NXE, they haven't posted anything but this, and general NXE info. They don't announce every new theme. So stop it, please.

"It'll be so dumb to dress my avatar for the weather, but I'm so going to."
Don't let mini-you's junk fall off!!!! O.O

Posted by Leadcat

this is actually a pretty good theme. and it's free, that's my favourite price. :D

Posted by TripMasterMunky

It's tempting to delete all my old themes. Now they're just in the way on the themes list >_<

Posted by addictedtopinescent

festive...

Posted by Hexpane

Wow thats almost nothing like what they did in Phantasy Star, Everquest Online, WoW, and a billion other online games... almost nothing like it!  and those dont even look like Miis.

And it's FREE if you pay!

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

NXE is such a mess... I haven't touched my 360 since it came out.

Posted by SmugDarkLoser
FuzzYLemoN said:
"NXE is such a mess... I haven't touched my 360 since it came out."

There's nothing wrong with the new dashboard at all. And I think your forgetting that you play a console for it, well, you know, games. The NXE is essentially a redo with a damn godo amount of new features.

As far as the theme goes, while it's only a theme, it does a good job of making the dashboard feel christmas like.
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