What do the people think about this new Drastic change that will be injected into our machines this fall?
my main question is: why?
I could understand if the current system was dated and lacked functionality, but this new piece of shit "streamlined" look just complicates things more. Making less front-end options, and increasing the subsections is just like throwing a sheet over the mess instead of cleaning it up.
when i first saw the new look of the dashboard i also thought why. i didnt like it at first but as i learned new information on it and let it all process within my brain i now dont mind it and am maybe thinking it will be even better than the current dashboard that we have now.
It makes a lot of sense - from Microsoft's standpoint they can probably add content much easier, as well as expanding their offerings without cluttering everything up, as would have happened with the existing system, especially with the exploding popularity of DLC. It also unifies the system with the style of their other software, Media Center, etc.
I imagine when everyone gets their hands on it - in it's final versions - it'll prove easier to use and more intuitive than the current iteration.
The avatar things are obviously just an attempt to appeal to more users - but in a competitive market, why not? It's not as if any company is going to be stupid enough to 'be happy' with their current demographic - they're always going to want to expand.
I'll be the first to say that I'm really looking forward to it. I'm not to big on the new visual style, but the improvements to the speed and accessibility of the dashboard are definitely nice. And all the little added features (Netflix, etc.) are just icing on the cake.
As for Avatars, sure, they're very similar to what Nintendo is doing with the Mii system, but I think it'll be fun. And hopefully they'll figure out a way to tie achievements to unlockable clothing. I'd love to unlock a Lancer for beating GoW2 on Insane, or maybe a Professor Pester mask from Viva Pinata. Anyway, I see a lot of fun possibilities.
"Hate it. I hope they let us keep the old one.I don't like it simply because it looks so heavy, i might be one of those idiots who think a console is only for gaming, and jazzing it up lasts 2 seconds. but heres what i dont like
- its so heavy, it looks like they want you to spend time with it and not the actual game
- As jeff said on the podcast, no one cares about the prime time stuff, that looks like crap anyways.
- its taking the emphasis away from the games.
the avatars look a little dull but we only saw a couple of photos. Yes they copied the Wii but its not like Nintendo invented this stuff. The rest of the dashboard looks cleaner, better and hopefully faster.
pretty eager to get it this fall.
Ill come out of my dream state when they show us how much ads will be a part of it.....
I don't mind any of what they're doing, but I dislike that much of it is designed to replace things already popular in their already successful service. They clearly thought they needed to respond to Wii and PlayStation Home, which is wrong.
I'll get over it if I can put my GamerPic on my Avatar's shirt
I like it, the avatars are a bit useless however their hardly a hindrance. I like Media Centre so in my opinion the new Dashboard looks great. For those who complain about missing the blades interface, you will still be able to access a more refined version of that interface by pressing hte "Xbox" button in the centre of the controller.
I'm open to the change, however i had no issues with the current dashboard and setup & i doubt many people did. Exception being the marketplace organization which could of been fixed individually. Avatars look good & better than what Nintendo have created but will possibly fall into the same trap, what games actually use them without it being tacked on (Mario Kart) or made specifically with them in mind (Wii Sports)
You won't see gears of war or halo incorporating them anytime soon, at least i hope future call of duty matches won't be filled with teams of stormtroopers. As funny as that might sound initially that would eventually. Suck
Whilst I really don't like the Mii-esk avatars, I do like the overall new dashboard. I always thought the current dashboard was looking rather dated, and the PS3 outshone the 360 in that department, but the new-look dashboard looks amazing to me. It's a lot cleaner, and just fancier looking altogether - the functionality will be the same, but improved and it looks better in my opinon - so I'm loving every bit of it (bar avatars).
As far as dashboard is concerned I like the new look. Seems more elegant and more intuitive than the old one. And avatars? Hmmm I like the idea, but execution.... hmmm... they're too cutesy for me. Especially when xbox is console mainly for the hardcore player and everyone of those hardcore Gears Of War hungry players will now be identified by a cute avatar in polo shirt :P
Well I am intrested just how customiazable they are. Mayby you can make them less cute...
I really like the look of it. The fact that the current generation of consoles can be completely renovated half way through their lives is a fantastic benefit, and it will allow so many more options and features that in previous generations were just not possible.
I'm leaning more towards not liking it, the Mii's are an interesting idea but they are out of the way, the avatars seam to be right in your face, and the sliding windows for things just reminds me of the useless window mode that's on vista.
I dunno I'll wait to see how it works when it comes out, but as of now, i'd rather stick with the interface that's on the system now.