While Xbox Live Marketplace has garnered generally positive reviews, there are a few things about the online store that don't exactly mesh with gamers. One such thing is the inability to see what several gamerpics or dashboard themes look like before buying. For several items, gamers will plunk down Marketplace points to customize their Xbox 360s with little to go on other than a brief description of the item. DashboardThemes.com, a fan site not affiliated with Microsoft, is changing all that, with pictures and info on all dashboard themes currently on XBL. Visitors to the site can check out what the theme looks like on all the dashboards "blades" as well as vote on which ones they do and don't like. Currently, the highest rated theme is based on the recent Halo 3 TV ad, followed by themes based on Viva Piñata and Call of Duty 3.
It is COMPLETELY beyond me why XBL gives you no preview at all of what a theme will look like on your dashboard! They only now had the sense enough to add an eject disc button, so I guess it might be a few more years before they get a clue that more people might be willing to spend money on a theme if we could actually look at it to see if we might like it....ridiculous!! I still use the free "night" theme because I WILL NOT SPEND MY HARD EARNED MONEY ON SOMETHING I CAN'T LOOK AT FIRST! This is NOT "Let's Make A Deal"!!
Yeah, what happen to the site? Just when I'm thinking of wasting a couple bucks on a theme... the site dies.
"Microsoft has had this for a long time - you can view all gamer pics and themes at www.xbox.com/live/accounts and it even tells you this on the every item you can purchase on XBL Marketplace." -They never update it, its BS.
Microsoft has had this for a long time - you can view all gamer pics and themes at www.xbox.com/live/accounts and it even tells you this on the every item you can purchase on XBL Marketplace.
My Burger King theme is hilarious! I bought it as a joke but I must admit I'm very proud of my purchase : ]
Oh....I wonder if people are just this silly all the time...Ya know you can just go to XBOX.com and see all the themes and gamer pictures.
that site needs to include a category for themes that don't cost money. I will never have any inkling of an intention to pay money for those things
THis is what microsoft should offer, its ridiculous paying 160 mpp for something you cant even see first.
I hope M$ ships out software templates so you can make your own themes, I mean, you could put your photos up there... edit them on windows or something and then port them over to the 360. I think that they should do this with vista, at least, because you are meant to link the pc with the 306 and edit games and such, and themes are personal, to be seen by you alone. So creating a personal theme, especially on vista (good way to get people to link and get vista, imo) is to offer things like this. This way it will make the console very different to the rest, ps3 wont have this feature, wii wont have this feature. The connectivity with the pc is something very awesome for the 360, almost all console owners have a pc in their home, and people have broadband more than they have high definiton! Getting people to make a simle theme on a 360 via some software, and link it over should be very interesting, and something to get more people interested in it. Hope they sort out these little things, could make or break the console to being something very unique to the rest of the other consoles. At the moment it has alright media playing capabilities, the ps3 will out-do that (if you are into bluray that is! hah!). But the 360 has the ability to connect with windows, and the up and coming xbox live anywhere. Sounds pretty good to me anyways!
About time! I posted on MS forums about this so many times and they still haven't gotten things right. I'm glad someone picked up the slack. I finally got to see Fable 2, Alan Wake and CC. I just hope they find a way to just show the image alone, but at this point I will take what I can get.
For you Elder Scroll Oblivion Fans. I purchased that theme blind with my free points for signing up with the Gold Package. I am very happy with this theme. Especially after being able to now see most of the other themes through the above website. I do think that these items should be free but so far they have not hurt my wallet.
Thats cool..im still happy with my Emergence Day Gears Of War theme and imma keep that for a while but now its nice to be able to see what others look like.
they also display the gamer pics and the Themes on xbox.com under the xbox live tab then the xbox live marketplace... It does take a week or two to get them posted there though which doesn't make to much sense.
I too love the Eagles theme! It's been the theme on my 360 since it was released and will remain there until the Super Bowl where the Eagles will meet the Chargers. This site is well done and was sorely needed though.
@Sanguis_Malus, who said: "I would never buy something before seeing it, having said that I would not waste my money on a picture or "theme"." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I bought the Philadelphia Eagles theme from Madden '06 and it makes me happy every time I fire up the 360. I don't consider that a waste. It was only in the neighborhood of $1.50 anyways. This site is an excellent idea IMO.
Ive been using the Oblivion theme since it came out... its cool, but I shouldnt have wasted money on it.
my friends website BGB beat you to it. UK gamers in particular should check it out. it's not advertising if i post a link is it? hope not. http://www.britishgaming.co.uk/?p=1593
Well good. It really sucks taking a chance on a theme only to pay for it, get it downloaded, and then see how much it blows.
Good someone thought of this. Anyways, I don't waste my money on themes or pictures. I rather buy games and game content.
most themes are designed to make everything on screen just really hard to read. I go with the solids. It would be nice if they actually were themes - with custom buttons and images designed to fit around the content rather than just dropping a complicated image in the background to mess up your eyes.
I would never buy something before seeing it, having said that I would not waste my money on a picture or "theme". Caveat emptor !
Wow, finally you can preview something before you buy, whoever thought of this should get a Nobel Prize
like arcanefelix said they have it on official xbox site a long time ago. people are just lazy. and to all fanboys of other systems, when you want to buy something don't you try finding out some information about it before you buy it. And btw my fav theme is akuma.