Well... This is a dashboard alright...

Posted by Lies (3866 posts) -
Welcome to the dashboard. Wait! DON'T LOAD UP THAT GAME! I'VE CHANGED! I HAD THAT SURGERY YOU WANTED! I can't really actually do anything new, but I look nice! Sure, run away to your Gears of War 2 and don't ever use me again except to buy crap from the Marketplace. See if I care.
So today marked the official release of the NXE (Although Microsoft has been slipping it out to large amounts of people before the fact), and I can safely say it lived up to my expectations.

Which were that it would be a dashboard. From which you can launch your games. And sometimes buy overpriced content. To play in your games. Which do not use the dashboard.

Suits are snappy
I almost have to marvel at the cunning Microsoft exhibited here. They really managed to get you people riled up about the DASHBOARD. Who really uses the dashboard all that much anyways? Pop game in, load game up, play game. Minimal time, if any, at the dashboard. This new Dashboard is pretty much the same. Slightly improved system speed, a new look, and Miis are all we got, and yet Microsoft somehow turned this into a big event. It was quite skillfully executed.

They essentially took a UI update, and inflated it to the status of a big game launch. Take a look around the dashboard. Five of the seven channels you've got exist to advertise or sell you things directly. And they couldn't even put the two useful tabs next to each other, forcing you to navigate between several layers of advertising to move between the My Xbox tab (which is where anything useful is at), and the pretty, but inefficient Friends tab. Most of the useful functionality is packed into the ONE My Xbox tab, while five other channels exist for no other reason than Microsoft needs to lift the revenue from XBL sales and advertising.

The effect. It is lost.
You're excited about having the amount of advertising in front of you INCREASE. You're excited about a UI update for a console that people rarely use the base UI on anyways. You're excited for Miis that don't even appear in many games (Unless you're into Kingdom for Keflings I guess). You're excited to have your existing themes obscured by the new coverflow system.

Don't get me wrong, it's a fine UI update, but that's ALL it is. You've been played as fools by Microsoft into their getting excited about their "New Xbox Experience", which is, by and large, the same old Xbox experience- perhaps with just more advertising.
#1 Posted by Lies (3866 posts) -
Welcome to the dashboard. Wait! DON'T LOAD UP THAT GAME! I'VE CHANGED! I HAD THAT SURGERY YOU WANTED! I can't really actually do anything new, but I look nice! Sure, run away to your Gears of War 2 and don't ever use me again except to buy crap from the Marketplace. See if I care.
So today marked the official release of the NXE (Although Microsoft has been slipping it out to large amounts of people before the fact), and I can safely say it lived up to my expectations.

Which were that it would be a dashboard. From which you can launch your games. And sometimes buy overpriced content. To play in your games. Which do not use the dashboard.

Suits are snappy
I almost have to marvel at the cunning Microsoft exhibited here. They really managed to get you people riled up about the DASHBOARD. Who really uses the dashboard all that much anyways? Pop game in, load game up, play game. Minimal time, if any, at the dashboard. This new Dashboard is pretty much the same. Slightly improved system speed, a new look, and Miis are all we got, and yet Microsoft somehow turned this into a big event. It was quite skillfully executed.

They essentially took a UI update, and inflated it to the status of a big game launch. Take a look around the dashboard. Five of the seven channels you've got exist to advertise or sell you things directly. And they couldn't even put the two useful tabs next to each other, forcing you to navigate between several layers of advertising to move between the My Xbox tab (which is where anything useful is at), and the pretty, but inefficient Friends tab. Most of the useful functionality is packed into the ONE My Xbox tab, while five other channels exist for no other reason than Microsoft needs to lift the revenue from XBL sales and advertising.

The effect. It is lost.
You're excited about having the amount of advertising in front of you INCREASE. You're excited about a UI update for a console that people rarely use the base UI on anyways. You're excited for Miis that don't even appear in many games (Unless you're into Kingdom for Keflings I guess). You're excited to have your existing themes obscured by the new coverflow system.

Don't get me wrong, it's a fine UI update, but that's ALL it is. You've been played as fools by Microsoft into their getting excited about their "New Xbox Experience", which is, by and large, the same old Xbox experience- perhaps with just more advertising.
#2 Posted by Jayge_ (10222 posts) -

I was excited for the party system and the speed of the new guide, and I got a bangin' party system and a new guide that lets me circumvent everything anyway. So I'd say everything is balanced.

#3 Posted by abombb (96 posts) -

I found that the Xbox 360 was always advertising on every tab anyway.  It's just presented differently.  It makes things faster in my opinion, and my favorite feature is that I can finally have more than two friends in private chat.  But yeah, they did brag about how the NXE was going to change you're entire gaming experience on the 360, which we know is not true.

#4 Posted by brukaoru (5079 posts) -

Everything is great, but I hate the gray bar! UGH!

I do like how you can see who your friends are playing with if they are in a group, I think that's really neat.

#5 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

All i can say is your Mii looks emo Lies, i'm disappointed.

#6 Posted by Lies (3866 posts) -

Nah, he just looks bored. I'd give him the hair over one eye if I wanted to go for emo.

#7 Posted by OneEyedNinja7 (797 posts) -

Yeah, I could barely grasp the topics about people staying up for an this. I really don't see the big deal, especially when you spend so little time actually on the dashboard.

#8 Posted by albedos_shadow (1485 posts) -

Now if only I had my 360 :(

#9 Posted by HellBound (1046 posts) -

Why does EVERYONE wear the friken suit.

#10 Posted by gla55jAw (2686 posts) -

i just want my wood guide background back, i hate the new blue or green plain ass background, i love my wood!

#11 Posted by Lies (3866 posts) -
HellBound said:
"Why does EVERYONE wear the friken suit."
BEcause. Suits- are snappy.
#12 Posted by daniel_beck_90 (3159 posts) -

I agree , and your avatar is awesome

#13 Posted by elko84 (1041 posts) -

You forgot about the party chat, it is the one feature I wanted so I could chat with more than one friend while playing whatever.

#14 Posted by Jensonb (1706 posts) -

Another thing I hate with regards to ads is the way when scrolling round, it always stops on the first option which, once you remove welcome, is Spotlight.

ADS. It's exactly the same shit as the old Marketplace blade - the only two column one, requiring you to scroll past adverts to return to the blade you wanted.

Also, they oversold the Guide. "Everything you could do in the Blades" my ass. Half of it prompts you to return to the Dashboard

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