Destination Arcade App To Allow Easier XBLA Game Sorting

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

While the NXE did a lot of good for Xbox Live Marketplace navigation, it still struggles under the weight of the mad amount of content available. This is my best guess as to why the UI gurus over at Microsoft have decided to give Xbox Live Arcade's specific menus a bit of a social face-lift via Destination Arcade, a quicker, more "easy-to-use" browser "app" for the games on the network.

Earlier yesterday, Major Nelson gave the first tease of the new UI over at his blog, and also dished out some details. Destination Arcade is coming to the US on July 14, and will incorporate some of the most obvious upgrades the XBLA browser has needed for some time like, for example, the ability to sort by price and rating, see discounts and deals, and access to a feed that tells you what's going on and coming. It's sorta like Steam, but more colorful. Here's some pictures Nelson shared with his audience:     
 

== TEASER ==


 
I don't want to be a negative Nancy before actually using this new browser, but I get the feeling that keeping the UI this game-boxed focused may end up keeping the menus as cluttered as before. Adding layers on this might not help. That said, I'm stoked to see how the price sorting and news feed affect my experience. Here's to hoping Destination Arcade is as promising as it sounds.  
 
UPDATE: Tweaked the headline and text a bit to make it more clear that this is an "app." 
#1 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -

Limbo on PSN please.

#2 Posted by shiptoncraig (149 posts) -

NXE needs a total overhaul anyway, it's way too cluttered.  This is just one step :/

#3 Posted by MrGtD (453 posts) -

Don't really see the point.

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#4 Edited by EternalDarkWing (67 posts) -

My only real issue is how long it takes for the hard drive to detect my library sometiems. I wonder if this will fix that.

#5 Posted by Andrela (621 posts) -

Reminds me of the old gametap setup kinda

#6 Posted by TheCreamFilling (1224 posts) -

Is this just a UI overhaul or a Halo Waypoint for arcade games?

#7 Posted by ptc (615 posts) -

 
Will this be a separate application a la Waypoint, Bock Band Music Store, Zune, etc... that you have to download and launch? 

#8 Posted by SPACETURTLE (1622 posts) -
@HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
#9 Posted by Clubvodka (411 posts) -
@ptc:
I hope not. I don't use facebook or zune but the rock band store would be more useful to me if I didn't have to launch it as an application every time. It's clunky and the whole thing needs streamlining.
#10 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

I'm and left saying cool...I guess....why not?

#11 Posted by teekomeeko (619 posts) -
@shiptoncraig said:
" NXE needs a total overhaul anyway, it's way too cluttered.  This is just one step :/ "
No joke. I never thought a full menu redesign would go from okay to an unmanageable mess. It would make it easier if they just allowed a user to create a list of favorite places on NXE, have that list show up on start up, and be done with it. Though I guess that would ruin their paid advertising.
#12 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
@SPACETURTLE said:
" @HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
"
Get an Xbox.
#13 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -
@Vinchenzo said:
" @SPACETURTLE said:
" @HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
"
Get an Xbox. "
Sure, let me get a $300 dollar machine for a $15 dollar game. 
#14 Posted by heatDrive88 (2269 posts) -

I actually don't mind the current NXE interface. I always sort by New Arrivals and find everything I need. This only thing that really needs fixing is Rock Band and other music game releases cluttering up the Game-Add Ons sections, especially when sorting by newest content.
#15 Posted by MjHealy (1826 posts) -

It will be like the Zune Marketplace thing, which means you have to boot it up and patch it. Lame... at least it's not out in Europe for a while,

#16 Posted by welly (118 posts) -

Uh.

#17 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

It will probably end up being an app like Zune Marketplace.

#18 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@HS21 said:
" @Vinchenzo said:
" @SPACETURTLE said:
" @HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
"
Get an Xbox. "
Sure, let me get a $300 dollar machine for a $15 dollar game.  "
Sounds perfectly reasonable.
#19 Posted by BergDK (270 posts) -

They should make a new NXE instead of adding app's to it...

Thank fuck you're not forced to use the Zune app! And hopefully this will be optional as well?!

But then again I'm not American so I probably shouldn't care :p

#20 Posted by delicious_lie (160 posts) -

Please, more menus where my avatar stands there looping through dumb animations!

#21 Posted by fastidious (89 posts) -

The design looks a bit mish-mash and outdated. From those screens it still looks really cluttered, maybe they should wait till they come up with a proper solution.

#22 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

What the fuck? This kind of update should be for all consoles across the world if it has anything to do with User Interface. 
 
Whatever, it looks the same as cluttered to me. I think they need a NXE overhaul.

#23 Posted by megalowho (960 posts) -

The deeper Microsoft gets with this NXE stuff, the more I miss the blades. Simple, clean, easy.

#24 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -
@Afroman269 said:
" @HS21 said:
" @Vinchenzo said:
" @SPACETURTLE said:
" @HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
"
Get an Xbox. "
Sure, let me get a $300 dollar machine for a $15 dollar game.  "
Sounds perfectly reasonable. "
To the Best Buy!
#25 Posted by Alphazero (1536 posts) -
@Afroman269 said:
" @HS21 said:
" @Vinchenzo said:
" @SPACETURTLE said:
" @HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
"
Get an Xbox. "
Sure, let me get a $300 dollar machine for a $15 dollar game.  "
Sounds perfectly reasonable. "
I got a PS3 to play Uncharted 2. Fair's fair. You owe us an Xbox.
#26 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
@Alphazero said:
" @Afroman269 said:
" @HS21 said:
" @Vinchenzo said:
" @SPACETURTLE said:
" @HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
"
Get an Xbox. "
Sure, let me get a $300 dollar machine for a $15 dollar game.  "
Sounds perfectly reasonable. "
I got a PS3 to play Uncharted 2. Fair's fair. You owe us an Xbox. "
Yeah and sorry, I didn't mean to make it sound like a fanboy comment. I mean I want a PS3 as soon as I get a job. It's just that it's nice to have all available options. Get an Xbox when you can, or hopefully Limbo will come to the PS3. I wouldn't hold out on it though, because MS loves to hold onto exclusive shit.
#27 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -
@Clubvodka said:
" @ptc: I hope not. I don't use facebook or zune but the rock band store would be more useful to me if I didn't have to launch it as an application every time. It's clunky and the whole thing needs streamlining. "
The Rock Band Store would be useful if it, at the very least, showed me what songs my friends have bought. Why is there no way of doing that through MS?
#28 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@Alphazero said:
" @Afroman269 said:
" @HS21 said:
" @Vinchenzo said:
" @SPACETURTLE said:
" @HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
"
Get an Xbox. "
Sure, let me get a $300 dollar machine for a $15 dollar game.  "
Sounds perfectly reasonable. "
I got a PS3 to play Uncharted 2. Fair's fair. You owe us an Xbox. "
I got a PS3 just for Killzone 2 and then got Uncharted 2 also and I got a Wii for Mario Galaxy and a DS and a PSP.........I think you see where I'm going with this. So ya get yo own.
#29 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -
@Vinchenzo said:
" @Alphazero said:
" @Afroman269 said:
" @HS21 said:
" @Vinchenzo said:
" @SPACETURTLE said:
" @HS21 said:
" Limbo on PSN please. "
"
Get an Xbox. "
Sure, let me get a $300 dollar machine for a $15 dollar game.  "
Sounds perfectly reasonable. "
I got a PS3 to play Uncharted 2. Fair's fair. You owe us an Xbox. "
Yeah and sorry, I didn't mean to make it sound like a fanboy comment. I mean I want a PS3 as soon as I get a job. It's just that it's nice to have all available options. Get an Xbox when you can, or hopefully Limbo will come to the PS3. I wouldn't hold out on it though, because MS loves to hold onto exclusive shit. "
I'm hoping for a Braid situation. 
#30 Posted by mspainhour (27 posts) -

"YAY" for easier navigation and sorting, but "VOMIT" for hideous user interface.

#31 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@HS21: It will end up coming to PSN like in a year.
#32 Posted by Wandrecanada (402 posts) -

Why is no one reporting on the Blacklight: Tango Down debacle occurring right now?  Yes the dashboard update will make sorting titles easier sure but will moving to really popular download content titles crash the infrastructure like it is right now?
 
I can't imagine being Zombie or Ignition with such fail MS support on distribution.  If this is indicative of how the service will progress in the future MS needs to fix it's pipelines before they update the face of the store.

#33 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -
@Afroman269 said:
" @HS21: It will end up coming to PSN like in a year. "
I hope so, for now I'll just have to be content with kidnapping young boys and leaving them in dangerous forests. Not that I wouldn't have done that anyway. Everyone's got a hobby. 
#34 Posted by Damien (1384 posts) -

I never really had a problem with the current setup, and this doesn't  look too different.
 
@Wandrecanada: What debacle is occurring right now?

#35 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@HS21 said:
" @Afroman269 said:
" @HS21: It will end up coming to PSN like in a year. "
I hope so, for now I'll just have to be content with kidnapping young boys and leaving them in dangerous forests. Not that I wouldn't have done that anyway. Everyone's got a hobby.  "
Jump into the bear trap! No seriously jump into it, I want to see death animations!
#36 Posted by TheRandomKo (240 posts) -
@heatDrive88 said:
" I actually don't mind the current NXE interface. I always sort by New Arrivals and find everything I need. This only thing that really needs fixing is Rock Band and other music game releases cluttering up the Game-Add Ons sections, especially when sorting by newest content. "
This would also be my opinion..
#37 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -
@Afroman269 said:
" @HS21 said:
" @Afroman269 said:
" @HS21: It will end up coming to PSN like in a year. "
I hope so, for now I'll just have to be content with kidnapping young boys and leaving them in dangerous forests. Not that I wouldn't have done that anyway. Everyone's got a hobby.  "
Jump into the bear trap! No seriously jump into it, I want to see death animations! "
I'm commander Limbo, and this is my favourite bear trap in the forest. 
#38 Posted by Wandrecanada (402 posts) -
@Damien:  Attempts to download Tango Down gives a strange cannot find content error that affects some and not all Xbox users.  Xbox support says it's on the users end when they attempt to phone in the issue but it's hitting so many people that's probably not possible.  You will also get Page Not Available when attempting to access the download from Xbox.com.
 
There's clearly an issue and no one seems to have any information.  The official Twitter is silent as a clam, there's no word from MS and no bloggers are picking up the story (including Major  Nelson).  I was just hoping to find someone/anyone who could get some kind of bead on this story because I know a fantastic Summer of Arcade is fast approaching.  I can't imagine what kind of shitstorm would hit from Castlevania or Lara Croft downloads.  This better not be the future of XBLA.
#39 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

The NXE (or just XE at this point) needs scrapping and replacing with a NNXE.
 
Er whatever this might be cool, if nothing else than for sorting through the Indie Games market place. There are nearly 2000, I've bought quite a few but looking through the older ones is a fucking headache. I can see this being like the pop out Rock Band, Lips and GH store, if you don't want to use it then don't.

#40 Posted by Damien (1384 posts) -
@Wandrecanada:  Meh, that just sounds like the normal release problem for an arcade title that happens every so often.  No biggie to me.
#41 Posted by fillmoejoe (1469 posts) -

Not liking the look of it but at least you can navigate easier.

#42 Posted by FireSketch (827 posts) -

I wouldn't call them UI "gurus", but this looks nicer than before.

#43 Posted by Wandrecanada (402 posts) -
@Damien:  And yet what happens when a title as popular as MW2 comes out?  Realistically that's where MS wants to be at some point.  XBLM as a completely viable method of distributing AAA content.  Is XBLM too fragile to withstand a 2 million copy buying frenzy?
#44 Posted by caseylakes (293 posts) -
@HS21: I will trade you a PS3 Limbo for a 360 Little Big Planet 2
#45 Posted by bosshog70 (82 posts) -

looks ok

#46 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

I would have preferred this to be an outright replacement for the terrible XBLA interface. PSN's is an order of magnitude better.

#47 Posted by Turtlemayor333 (510 posts) -

Ugly and stupid. I don't like the triggers being integral to browsing and (someone said this on a Bombcast a while ago) there's a point where you're still scrolling through some huge alphabetical list of every game on the service. 
 
On the design itself, the transparent parts look whack and I don't really need a rainbow of color. Maybe it's nitpicking, but I like the original Xbox was just like "Green and Orange. Go."

#48 Posted by ch3burashka (5017 posts) -

Is there going to be text search?

#49 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -
@caseylakes said:
" @HS21: I will trade you a PS3 Limbo for a 360 Little Big Planet 2 "
Great, come into my one bedroom apartment at the dead of night. Bring no one.
#50 Posted by cultofweaver (15 posts) -
@heatDrive88 said:
" I actually don't mind the current NXE interface. I always sort by New Arrivals and find everything I need. This only thing that really needs fixing is Rock Band and other music game releases cluttering up the Game-Add Ons sections, especially when sorting by newest content. "
Absolutely. Since each music game basically has its own store front service now anyway is there still a need to have every single song released for Rock Band/Guitar Hero/Lips displayed individually on the new arrivals list? At any given time 80% of the list is taken up with this stuff and it makes browsing it deeply annoying.

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