Xbox 360 fall dashboard update goes live

Microsoft unleashes annual user interface revision; ESPN on-demand programming now available, voice chat quality improved, search functionality added to Netflix app.

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Two weeks ago, Microsoft updated Xbox.com with a new look and a number of new features. Now, the company has its sights set on the Xbox 360.

According to Microsoft's director of Xbox Live programming, Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the fall dashboard update is now being rolled out across all regions. Gamers will be prompted to accept the mandatory update the next time they sign in to Xbox Live.

A-Rod rounds second base…on Xbox Live.

The update brings a new look to the Xbox 360's dashboard and adds new features and functionality for existing items. The dashboard still utilizes the same panel orientation that was first implemented with the New Xbox Experience from 2008, but its colors have been changed.

Further, Xbox Live members in the United States can now view ESPN programming via their Xbox 360s. Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have access to upward of 3,500 HD-broadcasted sporting events throughout the year, as well as the ability to chat with friends during matches.

Xbox Live gamers spend more than 1 billion hours on Xbox Live per month, and now all users will be able to hear each other with better clarity, thanks to improvements made to the service's voice chat audio codec.

For the movie and television fan, the Netflix application for the Xbox 360 has been reworked with the new update. Now, users will be able to search for programs via the dashboard application instead of having to add them at Netflix.com.

For the full list of changes and updates bundled with the fall update, check out Major Nelson's blog.

Discussion

446 comments
BonEcho
BonEcho

This is a good idea, though I hope that you don't need a kinect for YouTube support

Mbrans25den
Mbrans25den

@ Ghoroo are you slightly illiterate much? Did you not comprehend my argument? I'm switching to PC, which is much more powerful and also (which is the big selling point) is free to play online. Xbox 360 is an outdated product and MS is still going to jack up the price of admission. I call BS on them. MS has done nothing but regress the system since 2007 imo and how does my previous statement come off as a suicide note???lol If anything it comes off as a homicide note hence "I'm pulling the plug on the 360" not myself. pfft DA

Calum947
Calum947

It looks fantastic. Massive improvement.

lilflex1
lilflex1

does anyone else just get highlights on espn instead of games

mcbkrb
mcbkrb

Netflix update and ESPN are pretty cool. Other than that its mostly pretty minor stuff but I know how a lot of fankids are out there... OH NO SCARY NEW CHANGES!!! NOT THAT!! HELPPPPPP!!!!!!!!! I STILL LIVE IN MY PARTENTS BVASEMENT AND HAVE TIME TO CARE ABOUT MY XBOX MENU COLOR SCHEMES!!!

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

I love the new dashboard setup now but is anyone else experiencing UBER SLOW DOWN when trying to play online at the moment? I refreshed my entire connection twice last night and tested my download speed on the net and no matter what I did I only got about 2 frames per minute!! I think the update has pretty much spammed the EU servers to a halt. GOD DAMN UPDATES!!! GRRRRR GRRRRR

erix43
erix43

Umm. I love it, but the Netflix update SUCKS B*lls.... You can barely read the movie descriptions!

adrdeju
adrdeju

Love the new update. Good job MS, keep it up!!!

mauro_rubens
mauro_rubens

I hate I got Xbox 360 believing Microsoft would clear out Xbox Live to gamers here in Brazil. They never did it. Not yet. Hate them and their empties promises.

RELEVANT2KILL
RELEVANT2KILL

Nobody will ever like the updates.Lets complain to pay so much money for these extra services we don't even use we just want to play online.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

@sammoth - I suggest you read my post before replying with the words "you are wrong again" and then argue to me the exact points I said. Solid colours, multi colours, whatever it is, it takes up ram, but that does NOT affect the speed of the menus and snappiness of the menus on the screen. Yes, the drop shadows and post processing effects DO, but the coloours do NOT. Durin gthe dashboard, the 360 has full use of the GPU and multicores of the CPU and a multi colour shaded screen vs a solid colour would render at the same speeds from a humans perspective. With perhaps a difference of 1 or 2 mili seconds. Drop shadows and anything that requires blending will slow it down, ever so slightly, as it takes processing time to complete. READ THIS before replying.

Merl57
Merl57

NOT a fan, Contrasting colors are horrible for the eye sight DARK Grey and Orange have been proven to be effective look at Z brush, and Gamespot as examples it reduces eye strain. Now we Have WHITE BAM in your freaking face, and its slower than before, and the text is bigger, ok snow now it takes me even longer to look at anything.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@squidracerX I agree too. Well said. @parhar67 I think it does matter. There are plenty of people who still subscribe to XBL at the cost because they to. Even if they know or feel that they are getting ripped off. I did it for 2 years. It's important for the gaming community to voice their opinions on matters such as this to let the industry know what options consumers want. The demographics for the word "Gamer" are changing and expanding. From small children playing iPad games to elderly people play Wii and everyone in between, there are a lot of people to please. Microsoft's one-way-ticket solution causes problems for many of these demographics who, like me, don't have any use for all the "extras" Microsoft uses to promote "value" in XBL. I just want to get online and play some games with some strangers every now and then. I shouldn't need a $60/yr subscription to do that.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

Thanks Microsoft, now I don't have to have a light on in my game room anymore.

sammoth
sammoth

@Phazevariance On another note I am with you on MS at least giving us an option. Keep in mind we pay Monthly for this we should at least have an option.

sammoth
sammoth

@Phazevariance No You are wrong again.If there are more colors it would affect memory of menus and all games. If you just have a "SOLID COLOR" in the background it will not affect the Performance of the 360. Rendering White or and other Solid color would not make a difference. FACT. If you knew anything about how memory works on any Hardware you would know this. If anything it should have very little affect to the way the 360 performs. Now as far as drop shadows, AA on the Text on the menus etc. yes that would have an effect of peformance. The point is that MS should at least give the option to change the background as us as cosumers see fit. Not some obnoxious high contrast white.

parhar67
parhar67

Hvac0120 awee you can care less and yet there are more xbox live users (paid service) than the psn (free service) So your comment fails because its all opinions no FACTS

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

I want to thank the 3 year old whose crayon drawings were used as the template for the new xbox 360 Dashboard.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I think they should enable us to customize the look of xbox dashboard including menus. I too think the menus are too white right now, they are killing pixels off the screen, consume too much energy, many trees, birds are dying at the moment because of Microsoft update. jk, but anyway, customizing menus should work better.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

Even though I am a huge sports fan.. I still have to pay 200 dollars a month for comcast so I can watch the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Redsox.. so that aspect of the update while cool.. really does nothing for me.. If I could watch NFL games I would cancel comcast right now.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I really like what they did with netflix and zune marketplace. At first the white panels were a little plain but I think the dashboard as a whole is sexy and sleek.

Hydrolix
Hydrolix

I absolutely HATE the new white menus. Please allow me to change them back to gray MS!!!

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

for everyone griping about how it makes you nauseous... if you do not like it, i am sure microsoft has let you buy DLC and games from the xbox live marketplace on xbox.com. so thats one alternative for all the folks griping.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

@sammoth - the amount of 'memory' a colourful background would take would have no effect on the speed of the menus, even if we were talking 5 megabytes for a background image. Not with the 360's hardware capabilities in rendering. They have no reason to have switched out the oclour scheme without offering people to maintain the same theme.

Flint247
Flint247

The intro is great I must say. I like it better than the old one.

wiixx3
wiixx3

and does anybody else get nauseous when ur going through ur friends list?

wiixx3
wiixx3

@FLEEBS just keep trying to update it trust me it failed to update for a LOT of people since its so retarded.

evilgamer22
evilgamer22

Improving the audio was a nice move and the inclusion of ESPN is also pretty cool. However, I'm not feeling the new daskboard. Its very clean and slick, but a little too simple and too bright. Its not a real big deal, but I expected something a little cooler. Also, they should have used different colors or at least allow the option to change it because I have enough eye problems from gaming too much as is and all that white just isn't helping.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

Only thing usefull was Netflix search and Avatar realism, other than that, SUCKS! Mainly the xbox guide, its so damn white and bright, i gotta halfway close my eyes...

Bowser05
Bowser05

I hate to say it, since I don't really like my PS3 nearly as much as my XB360....but PS3 has had the search function long ago in Netflix. I guess that exclusivity deal with netflix Microsoft had expired LONG ago. Anyway, I can't wait to get back and get the update to see the changes...sounds like fun.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Stupid update. It WILL NOT download, so I can't even get online. I'm so annoyed.

Horusalis
Horusalis

None of the new features apply to me as I don't watch sports or have netflix but I do like the new look and I'm glad the voice chat was improved

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

I like the new update. I haven't spent much time looking at everything but is a fresh new look.

Grovilis
Grovilis

I personally hate how the avatars look now. lol

gobig4ever
gobig4ever

i'm a fan. ESPN 3 on demand was a big addition, if your a soccer fan than you know what i'm talking about

pjordan0404
pjordan0404

the new dashboard was a fail good job microsoft

_MEDUSA_
_MEDUSA_

Im gonna get slapped for this lol, but hey. I LOVE IT!!! Silky Smooth! Stylish, the old dashboard looked like a childs playroom IMO, where the new one looks way more professional, The voice chat codec update ERVERYONE will agree is a good thing, much much clearer now, Unfortunately my ISP is not affiliated with ESPN so i will not be experiencing that, and worldwide to most live users the feature will be left untouched, so MS & ESPN need to work something out in that regard,

THIRTYSIXBLACK
THIRTYSIXBLACK

Actually, I think it looks much cleaner and more clear. My friends really like it too. The new audio codec is a big improvement. I am also looking forward to a subscription to the new Zune music service.

M3ran
M3ran

my goodness,if gamers in USA spend 1 billbion hours on xboxlive perday,imagine how much profit they made just in the US. i think microsoft isnt giving good deals on the XBL,it should be free for all.good luck xbox360 you need it

deathwish026
deathwish026

lol what was the point in the new xbox experience if they have just gone and changed it all 1 year later! i hate it. my friends hate it. and i have yet to meet or see anyone who likes it. bet this was suggested by the same guy who proposed game room lol.

platithumb
platithumb

I think the new dashboard is pretty lame, it was obviously designed for navigation with the kinect. The icons are larger on the screen to make it easier for kinect to track your Jedi hand waves. BTW, I have not experienced a speed upgrade, it seems much slower to me. I do like the inclusion of ESPN3, but I do think the interface could use some work.

XeonForce
XeonForce

Adding ESPN and audio codecs was fine, but... I dunno, the layout update seems unnecessary. I guess Microsoft is going with the "change is always good" approach. People like partoroto think so. My Braid theme still works fine, but I wish there was a way to customize the navigation menu.

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

Just another useless and needless update. All it does is make the Xbox360 dashboard look different and too bright. Does it actually change or improve or make any thing work better? Tell me if it does, and I will change my response.

ghoulschoolfool
ghoulschoolfool

ESPN can suck it. BUT, I do like being able to watch boxing and woman's college volleyball.

bigballedbaxter
bigballedbaxter

@DurdyRubberX At least you can rest well knowing that I can't watch the NFL...only your dirty version of CFL. I can watch all the European soccer I want...but sadly no real football. Stupid NFL w/ their stupid exclusive rights... But yea...having Netflix is awesome. You're missing out.

LoRdKooP
LoRdKooP

Shut up and take it. Your xbox just got raped and there's nothing you can do about it. Stop complaining nobody is listening.

DurdyRubberX
DurdyRubberX

Can someone tell me how Canadians should feel about this? Netflix, lastFM, now ESPN. So far the first two haven't been available for myself or other friends across Canada even though Netflix is apparently available for those on the PSN network as well as the Wii now, WTF. Not making these features available to people like myself makes me wonder why I pay so much a year for the same petty crap they offered when XBL started on the 360.. Nonsense!