New Xbox 360 dashboard update starts rolling out today

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#1 Posted by JJOR64 (19048 posts) -

My bad if this has been posted already. Wanted to share the news that the new Dashboard update should be slowly going to according to Major Nelson. Here is the full article he posted about it.

Many of you have been involved in the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta and have been busy getting an early look at the latest Xbox LIVE features. Today we’re starting to roll out the official release of the update to Xbox LIVE subscribers around the world. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across subscribers and regions over the course of the next week. Our initial deployment will reach approximately three million consoles worldwide, with additional users being updated over the course of a couple weeks. Don’t panic if you don’t see an immediate update, just keep checking back in.

In this update, you will see the following features.

  • Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination.
  • Internet Explorer for Xbox. With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos.
  • Recommendations and Ratings. Recommendations will allow you to discover new favorites, generated based on a number of variables including the content you previously viewed, what your friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community. You can now rate content yourself and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.
  • Pinning. Pinning lets you personalize the dashboard by saving your favorite movies, TV shows, games, music, videos and websites right to the home screen. It’s as easy as opening an app or a favorite movie and clicking “pin.”
  • Xbox Video. Formerly called Zune Video Marketplace, Xbox Video offers hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies for buying or renting in instant HD streaming.
  • Recent. Previously called Quick Play, the Recent view gives you a list of movies, games, apps or other types of content that you most recently accessed on the console.
  • Enhanced Search. The last Xbox LIVE update brought Bing voice search to Xbox so you could use voice to search for movies, TV shows, actors, directors and artists. This year we added genre search to the list, so now you can search for action, comedy, romance, drama or sci-fi. Bing voice search now includes results for video across the Web, including YouTube.
  • International Expansion of Voice Search. We’ve expanded our Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland.

What about Xbox SmartGlass? That’s coming too, but not until Windows 8 launches on October 26th. When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom.

Yesterday, we shared all the details about Xbox Music, our brand new digital music service. Xbox Music begins rolling out today on Xbox 360, it will launch with free streaming on all Windows 8 PCs and tablets on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 as devices arrive in market. Xbox Music combines all the different ways people love to enjoy music, creating the ultimate all-in-one music service.

For all the details on Xbox Music, check out the Microsoft News Center.

The 2012 Xbox LIVE update is beginning its rollout today and we expect all Xbox LIVE subscribers to have access to the update in the coming days.

Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

#2 Posted by big_jon (5770 posts) -

I hope this makes the ads less every fucking were and cleans up the clunky ass UI a bit.

#3 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

For fucks sake just give me the original 2005 dashboard with blades and themes you could actually see

#4 Edited by JJOR64 (19048 posts) -

Checked on my end and it's not there yet for me. Going to check again in a few hours to see if I can download it.

#5 Posted by Rotnac (810 posts) -

"International Expansion of Voice Search. We’ve expanded our Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland."

Pardon my ignorance but... Canada? Really? Do they think we speak Klingon? Was the French language not supported already? My Kinect has always understood me pretty well whenever I used voice search.

All bells & whistles aside, as long as the guide remains quick and responsive I'll probably still use that the most to navigate around the dash and access my games/content.

#6 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@SomeDeliCook said:

For fucks sake just give me the original 2005 dashboard with blades and themes you could actually see

#7 Edited by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Internet Explorer is actually pretty sweet for me, means I can watch Giant Bomb videos in my bed with the Xbox in my room now on the big screen. Also wished they would learn from IOS and Windows 8 metro to be able to customize your home screen so for example I could have all the things I actually use on the home page like My Games, IE, Gamespot, Youtube, Twitter feed, New Arcade Games and they should even add shit like Weather Widgets just make it alot more alive like Windows Phone UI

#8 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior: Does your xbox support flash?

#9 Posted by JJOR64 (19048 posts) -

@ChadMasterFlash said:

@Bourbon_Warrior: Does your xbox support flash?

No, but it does have HTML 5 support so it should work for Giant Bomb videos.

#10 Edited by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@ChadMasterFlash: I'd assume so. If not why bother putting in IE. Well HTML5 is supported so thats good enough.

#11 Posted by Freshbandito (689 posts) -

@Rotnac: well considering they're only just rolling it out in France at the same time as Canada I'd hazard a guess that French was not supported.

#12 Posted by BurningStickMan (235 posts) -

@big_jon said:

I hope this makes the ads less every fucking were

Nope.

@big_jon said:

and cleans up the clunky ass UI a bit.

A bit. Pinning is actually a pretty legit feature. You can just "pin" something to your start page and not have to hunt around for it. Great choice for the Netfilx app, in my case.

By far the best feature is that it caches the games on your hard drive. Have you bought a whole mess of arcade titles, then go to My Games and have to wait for like 5 minutes while it reads everything? No longer. Same with going to your drive to delete stuff.

#13 Posted by mlarrabee (3029 posts) -

@big_jon said:

I hope this makes the ads less every fucking were and cleans up the clunky ass UI a bit.

I don't have the official release yet, but I've been in the pre-release beta for a few months and the ad placement and mass are much, much less egregious.

#14 Edited by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@BurningStickMan said:

@big_jon said:

I hope this makes the ads less every fucking were

Nope.

@big_jon said:

and cleans up the clunky ass UI a bit.

A bit. Pinning is actually a pretty legit feature. You can just "pin" something to your start page and not have to hunt around for it. Great choice for the Netfilx app, in my case.

By far the best feature is that it caches the games on your hard drive. Have you bought a whole mess of arcade titles, then go to My Games and have to wait for like 5 minutes while it reads everything? No longer. Same with going to your drive to delete stuff.

Holy shit thats what I have wanted since the NXE, Pinning the shit I actually use on home screen. Another cool thing to add to your profile is your Hall of Fame, say like you can choose any 5 achievements to display in there. For Example Mile High Club, 100% RDR etc.

Also Xbox Music could be pretty legit if it's like Spotify, if I could have that app cloud share across my PC, Xbox and WP7 it would probably replace spotify for me, which is more expensive than Xbox Gold for a year anyway. Also being able to incorparate this into custom playlists for FIFA would be so fucking sweet.

#15 Edited by big_jon (5770 posts) -

@BurningStickMan: Pinning is great, I have that on my Windows phone, can you remove adds with it? I doubt it, but I had to ask.

#16 Posted by Nightriff (5240 posts) -

@SomeDeliCook said:

For fucks sake just give me the original 2005 dashboard with blades and themes you could actually see

This, I miss the blades...still the best dashboard they ever had

#17 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@ChadMasterFlash: I'd assume so. If not why bother putting in IE. Well HTML5 is supported so thats good enough.

I hadn't tried HTML5 because logging in and using the keyboard in IE is a pain.

#18 Edited by BurningStickMan (235 posts) -

@big_jon said:

@BurningStickMan: Pinning is great, I have that on my Windows phone, can you remove adds with it? I doubt it, but I had to ask.

Remove ads? Oh hell no! I can't remember the pre-beta dashboard, but I think the ads are actually worse now. They're definitely on just about every page, down in the right corner. It's all flashy video shit, but at least it doesn't play audio until you move the selection over it. And since the ads are always on that same tile, and all the useful options are on the left, I just know never to look there now.

#19 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@ChadMasterFlash said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@ChadMasterFlash: I'd assume so. If not why bother putting in IE. Well HTML5 is supported so thats good enough.

I hadn't tried HTML5 because logging in and using the keyboard in IE is a pain.

is it like the Youtube search text, because that is the fucking worst. Would be cool to pin favourite websites to homescreen like WP7 so I can have GB on homescreen, just glad i have a chat pad.

#20 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@ChadMasterFlash said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@ChadMasterFlash: I'd assume so. If not why bother putting in IE. Well HTML5 is supported so thats good enough.

I hadn't tried HTML5 because logging in and using the keyboard in IE is a pain.

is it like the Youtube search text, because that is the fucking worst. Would be cool to pin favourite websites to homescreen like WP7 so I can have GB on homescreen, just glad i have a chat pad.

It's a keyboard but not the normal xbox keyboard (which is now QWERTY) you have a little mouse cursor that you control with the right stick and it's super inaccurate and you have to use that to peck out words and websites.

#21 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@ChadMasterFlash: Yea that sucks atleast you can plug in a keyboard though if you did use it heavily

#22 Posted by Demoskinos (15097 posts) -

So obviously the first thing I'll have to do is look up porn with IE for giggles. Because honestly that 5 minutes of testing it out is all the use it will ever get from me.

#23 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

#24 Edited by ez123 (1987 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

I remember the old days of right now.

Does anyone know exactly what tablets support SmartGlass?

#25 Edited by WickedFather (1733 posts) -

The pinning is shit because it takes so long to populate. You've got a recent list with 12 items that fills almost instantly and that's what you'll be using for most things. Don't get your hopes up.

The friends list is still so shit. NXE made so much more sense. There's no way to put stuff you never want to just one attention box. Zune will still plague you. All so shit

#26 Posted by huntad (1958 posts) -

@ChadMasterFlash said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@ChadMasterFlash said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@ChadMasterFlash: I'd assume so. If not why bother putting in IE. Well HTML5 is supported so thats good enough.

I hadn't tried HTML5 because logging in and using the keyboard in IE is a pain.

is it like the Youtube search text, because that is the fucking worst. Would be cool to pin favourite websites to homescreen like WP7 so I can have GB on homescreen, just glad i have a chat pad.

It's a keyboard but not the normal xbox keyboard (which is now QWERTY) you have a little mouse cursor that you control with the right stick and it's super inaccurate and you have to use that to peck out words and websites.

You can use a regular keyboard or the chatpad.

#27 Posted by Genkkaku (738 posts) -

"Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination."

Damn Just what I want more tiles! but bummer about the no Sports outside of the US!..

What they need is an option upon first start-up "What do you use your Xbox for most? Games/ Movies/ TV" and then modify it to show what's most important to that person and BAM they solve one of there major problems..

#28 Posted by Riddell (342 posts) -

Hopefully twitch.tv will work.

#29 Posted by sungahymn (1034 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

Sounds awesome, but my memory's turns up a blank. That was, what, five/six years ago?

#30 Posted by Demoskinos (15097 posts) -

So, I turned my 360 on just now and uh...nothing. Didn't get prompted to update when I signed in for LIVE.

#31 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

@BurningStickMan said:

@big_jon said:

I hope this makes the ads less every fucking were

Nope.

@big_jon said:

and cleans up the clunky ass UI a bit.

A bit. Pinning is actually a pretty legit feature. You can just "pin" something to your start page and not have to hunt around for it. Great choice for the Netfilx app, in my case.

By far the best feature is that it caches the games on your hard drive. Have you bought a whole mess of arcade titles, then go to My Games and have to wait for like 5 minutes while it reads everything? No longer. Same with going to your drive to delete stuff.

Oh thank god. Waiting for my harddrive to load is fucking brutal.

#32 Posted by big_jon (5770 posts) -

@MideonNViscera said:

@BurningStickMan said:

@big_jon said:

I hope this makes the ads less every fucking were

Nope.

@big_jon said:

and cleans up the clunky ass UI a bit.

A bit. Pinning is actually a pretty legit feature. You can just "pin" something to your start page and not have to hunt around for it. Great choice for the Netfilx app, in my case.

By far the best feature is that it caches the games on your hard drive. Have you bought a whole mess of arcade titles, then go to My Games and have to wait for like 5 minutes while it reads everything? No longer. Same with going to your drive to delete stuff.

Oh thank god. Waiting for my harddrive to load is fucking brutal.

Tears of joy.

#33 Posted by zudthespud (3283 posts) -

I would pay to have blades back :(

#34 Posted by brownsfantb (407 posts) -

Glad that they're letting you pin stuff to the dashboard now. Hated having to dig to find Amazon Video all the time. Also, it's funny that they changed Quick Play to Recent, because everyone knows Quick Play was anything but quick.

#35 Posted by glyn (382 posts) -

Why isn't Windows 8 the xbox dashboard. And why can't we control Windows 8 purely with a controller!

Microsoft you are useless / complicated

#36 Posted by spiceninja (3065 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

The pop of the power switch and the greeting from the Konami logo. The good old days.

#37 Posted by big_jon (5770 posts) -

Still no update...

#38 Posted by JJOR64 (19048 posts) -
@big_jon

Still no update...

Don't have it either yet.
#39 Posted by Demoskinos (15097 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

You...can still do that if you want.

#40 Posted by AbeTheGreatest (132 posts) -

Started up my xbox and fell asleep while this was downloading. I didn't even know what it was, gonna check it out

#41 Posted by Hexuality (30 posts) -

The browser's actually pretty slick for what it is, all in all.

#42 Posted by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

Anyone else not getting the update? It still hasn't prompted the download for me.

#43 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -
@Demoskinos

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

You...can still do that if you want.

Not on PS3 or Wii, I don't have a 360. But I'm not sure, I mean you turn it on and it goes straight to the game logo. I'm sure the 360 shows the 360 logo first, which isn't straight to the game.
#44 Posted by ajamafalous (12125 posts) -
@Hizang said:
@Demoskinos

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

You...can still do that if you want.

Not on PS3 or Wii, I don't have a 360. But I'm not sure, I mean you turn it on and it goes straight to the game logo. I'm sure the 360 shows the 360 logo first, which isn't straight to the game.
What? That's like the dumbest splitting of hairs I've ever heard. Even the Gamecube showed the Gamecube logo before the game.
#45 Edited by DJJoeJoe (1329 posts) -

@Rotnac: If you live in Canada you should already know the region locked stuff is always like this. Because I live 10mins from Seattle things like Hulu, Netflix and a surprisingly large amount of internet content just doesn't exist to me cause of these regional laws and shit. The internet is still VERY much US centric and it's a shame that people 'think' it's not... only international people seem to understand that it's this way I guess.

Up side is things like ads are also region locked... haha.. which means I've never seen an ad on youtube, giantbomb (if I log out I still see no ads etc) or lots of other places simply because whatever peeps are in charge of selling ads on various sites don't sell ads that can play in canada and stuff like that.

@ajamafalous said:

@Hizang said:
@Demoskinos

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

You...can still do that if you want.

Not on PS3 or Wii, I don't have a 360. But I'm not sure, I mean you turn it on and it goes straight to the game logo. I'm sure the 360 shows the 360 logo first, which isn't straight to the game.
What? That's like the dumbest splitting of hairs I've ever heard. Even the Gamecube showed the Gamecube logo before the game.

Lol yea, every console I've ever owned showed the console's logo before booting into the game... this guy is funny. Currently I don't try and boot directly into games though cause usually the game I wanna play is a downloadable from XBLA or something, so I hit the guide button then go to quickplay where all the games I usually play live. Sometimes it's hard to actually find a game I 'just' bought though, since sometimes it's not in recently downloaded and it's hard to tell what other location it should be in. These things should propagate the dashboard naturally, if I just bought new dlc for a game that game should be somewhere prominent on the main screen so I can jump in easily.

#46 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

@Hizang said:
@Demoskinos

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

You...can still do that if you want.

Not on PS3 or Wii, I don't have a 360. But I'm not sure, I mean you turn it on and it goes straight to the game logo. I'm sure the 360 shows the 360 logo first, which isn't straight to the game.
What? That's like the dumbest splitting of hairs I've ever heard. Even the Gamecube showed the Gamecube logo before the game.

I'm talking about SNES/NES/N64 style, thats what I mean when I say the old days.

#47 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@ajamafalous said:

@Hizang said:
@Demoskinos

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

You...can still do that if you want.

Not on PS3 or Wii, I don't have a 360. But I'm not sure, I mean you turn it on and it goes straight to the game logo. I'm sure the 360 shows the 360 logo first, which isn't straight to the game.
What? That's like the dumbest splitting of hairs I've ever heard. Even the Gamecube showed the Gamecube logo before the game.

I'm talking about SNES/NES/N64 style, thats what I mean when I say the old days.

I pity those who hear "the old days" and proceed to think Gamecube.

#48 Edited by Rotnac (810 posts) -

@DJJoeJoe: I guess I never really paid much attention since i have a US and Canadian Xbox Live account and almost never use my Kinect anymore. I also don't even have my Kinect turned on unless i manually turn it on. As for ads n such, I've only ever got ads on Youtube when I use Firefox. I have ABP on and I mostly use Chrome so I don't really see ads much or at all. I do still get ads on my dashboard even American stuff... like Presidential debates... joy!

The only thing that I've noticed that still makes no sense to me is being unable to access to things such as last.fm via XBL when I'm in Canada, while there's no issue with going onto their website. But this is old news.

@zombiebigfoot: I haven't had an update either.

#49 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@DoctorWelch said:

@Hizang said:

@ajamafalous said:

@Hizang said:
@Demoskinos

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

You...can still do that if you want.

Not on PS3 or Wii, I don't have a 360. But I'm not sure, I mean you turn it on and it goes straight to the game logo. I'm sure the 360 shows the 360 logo first, which isn't straight to the game.
What? That's like the dumbest splitting of hairs I've ever heard. Even the Gamecube showed the Gamecube logo before the game.

I'm talking about SNES/NES/N64 style, thats what I mean when I say the old days.

I pity those who hear "the old days" and proceed to think Gamecube.

I know right, those are the same people who say fuck you to Super Mario Bros and fuck yes to the original Halo.

#50 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@Hizang said:

@DoctorWelch said:

@Hizang said:

@ajamafalous said:

@Hizang said:
@Demoskinos

@Hizang said:

Remember the old days, where you would turn it on and if a game was in it, it would just fucking go?

You...can still do that if you want.

Not on PS3 or Wii, I don't have a 360. But I'm not sure, I mean you turn it on and it goes straight to the game logo. I'm sure the 360 shows the 360 logo first, which isn't straight to the game.
What? That's like the dumbest splitting of hairs I've ever heard. Even the Gamecube showed the Gamecube logo before the game.

I'm talking about SNES/NES/N64 style, thats what I mean when I say the old days.

I pity those who hear "the old days" and proceed to think Gamecube.

I know right, those are the same people who say fuck you to Super Mario Bros and fuck yes to the original Halo.

What's even funnier is when people go "I miss the old days" and those people are still in their teens or very early 20s 

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