New 360 Dashboard Coming August 11

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Posted by Jeff (3425 posts) -

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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#1 Posted by Jeff (3425 posts) -

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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#2 Posted by Hammerjelly (221 posts) -

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?

#3 Posted by Cerza (1653 posts) -

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.

#4 Posted by Snuffy (146 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by StarFoxA (5140 posts) -

Too bad my 360 just red ringed.

#6 Posted by JJWeatherman (14557 posts) -

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

#7 Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN (1789 posts) -

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

#8 Posted by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -

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

#9 Posted by Jixashauser (238 posts) -

Whoo, that´s my birthday!

#10 Posted by Vincenzo (140 posts) -

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

#11 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

This might be the way i get to play bioshock.

#12 Posted by FlamingHobo (4479 posts) -

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.

#13 Posted by lordofultima (6215 posts) -

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.

#14 Posted by Th3_James (2576 posts) -

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

#15 Posted by Skillface (562 posts) -

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

#16 Posted by Th3_James (2576 posts) -

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

#17 Posted by Th3_James (2576 posts) -
@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
#18 Posted by Lobster_Ear (284 posts) -

Cool, it's on my birthday :)

#19 Posted by phlegms (1607 posts) -

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

#20 Posted by MattyFTM (14351 posts) -

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

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#21 Posted by ev_rowe (67 posts) -
@Th3_James: Pics or it didn't happen :P
#22 Edited by Th3_James (2576 posts) -
@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..............
#23 Posted by JJOR64 (18916 posts) -

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

#24 Posted by Parsnip (1078 posts) -

I hope the games on demand is an international thing.

#25 Posted by Th3_James (2576 posts) -

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

#26 Posted by Roger_Klotz (766 posts) -

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

#27 Posted by LaszloKovacs (1140 posts) -

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

#28 Posted by Th3_James (2576 posts) -

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.

#29 Posted by Karmum (11517 posts) -

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

#30 Posted by teh_destroyer (3562 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" I'd buy Giant Bomb clothing for my avatar. But any other clothing, no. "
this.
#31 Posted by THESCORCHO (2 posts) -

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.

#32 Posted by John1912 (1833 posts) -

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

#33 Posted by mnzy (2912 posts) -

Will there be thongs in the clothing marketplace?

I wanna show what i got.
#34 Posted by Th3_James (2576 posts) -

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!!!!!!!!!!!!


#35 Posted by Manatassi (791 posts) -

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.)
#36 Posted by Keeng (999 posts) -
@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.
#37 Posted by Video_Game_King (36110 posts) -

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?

#38 Posted by day2daze (178 posts) -
@Hammerjelly:

uh, like save it for something idk actually worth buying...
#39 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@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.
#40 Posted by eXists (134 posts) -
@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....
#41 Posted by Kajaah117 (1070 posts) -
@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.
#42 Posted by Ineedaname (4319 posts) -

Here come the adverts?

#43 Posted by Laticsfan (596 posts) -

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

#44 Posted by agentboolen (1754 posts) -

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!!!

#45 Posted by agentboolen (1754 posts) -
@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!!!
#46 Posted by Death_Unicorn (2838 posts) -

Can't wait.

#47 Posted by Doonee63 (90 posts) -

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

#48 Posted by MachoFantastico (4515 posts) -

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.

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#49 Posted by Kolonel_Kool (327 posts) -

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.

#50 Posted by RiotBananas (3600 posts) -
@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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