YouTube, cable giants miss Xbox 360 dashboard update

HBO GO, Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, and more media partners conspicuously absent from new firmware update, now scheduled to arrive in early 2012.

The second complete overhaul of the Xbox 360's user interface is set to take place tomorrow with the Metro-inspired 2011 system update. A myriad of content provider partnerships were announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo as coming later this year, and a recent Microsoft-issued update clarifies that many of the bigger offerings will not launch until as late as early next year.

The new dashboard rolls out tomorrow, but some of the 360's more anticipated new features will have to wait until next year.

Microsoft announced that while currently available content providers will continue to be available with tomorrow's update, many of the recently announced new partners will be launching later in December or in early 2012. Offerings in place tomorrow will include EPIX, ESPN, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and MSNBC.

In the US, the big ones landing later this month include Sony Pictures' Crackle, iHeartRadio, TMZ, UFC, Verizon FiOS, VEVO, Vudu, and YouTube. CinemaNow, HBO GO, MLB.TV, and Xfinity on Demand have been pushed to early 2012.

In addition to new content providers, the 2011 dashboard update is set to bring the Xbox 360 user interface in line with the Metro design language used in Windows Phone 7 and the forthcoming Windows 8. The Kinect will also be more deeply integrated with the new firmware, allowing for motion-controlled and voice-powered menu navigation. Bing search will also be integrated for Xbox Live Marketplace searches, including support for select content partners.

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inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@Soothsayer42 4 and half years. I will be moving back to the USA with my wife in about 1 year. its not really a big deal about netflix and hulu and stuff. I get just about 100% of everything I want from torrents. eztv has all major TV shows uploaded about 2 to 12 hours after the USA. I order my games from amazon.com and get them shipped here. I have wait a bit for new releases, but not a big deal. the only thing problem is some games for download I can not get at all. like Dead Rising code zero or duke 3d.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I wonder when they'll add Skype direct off the Dashboard, because it will happen at some point.

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

Microsoft posted a message at 11am PT saying the update is still on the way and they'll post when it deploys.

DrKill09
DrKill09

They keep changing the dashboard, but they got it right the first time with the blades setup. It was simple, clean, and was not full of advertisements and obnoxious Mii knockoffs.

rarson
rarson

Already have ESPN. Netflix is cool, but I don't currently have an account. UFC, can't wait. The rest I couldn't care less about. No new dashboard for me yet. While the old layout certainly seemed cluttered, I'm not a fan of MS changing things up on a whim. I just hope the layout is a big improvement over the current one.

sexyweapons
sexyweapons

What,is this legal?We were promised YouTube,ESPN and UFC yet at the last minute Microsoft tell us they have been delayed till early 2012

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Oh, and they put Kane and Lynch on demand, but as always they are charging 20 bucks for a 7.99 game.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Hulu Plus, ESPN, and Netflix are already in place. So...that isn't exactly "new offering" In addition, I don't care about when they will put youtube, or comcast's uselessly annoying on demand service. It's the sixth of december, and the update isn't posting to live. Which is total CRAP. The only change I see is they are putting Lara Croft GOL on sale, but it takes you to last weeks deals.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@inaka_rob ooo i see.. how long u have live in Japan

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

They didn't say anything. It's like they just waited for the day to blow by and then said "Oh, yeah, ummm, next year... :) "

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

The only thing Im happy about is being able to just sign in your profile on any xbox without migrating it. So NOW if my buddy comes over and we wanna play co-op he can play with his profile without any hassles. Youtube wouldve been nice too.

thedigitals
thedigitals

So basically we just get epix? What's the freakin point! How did they blow this, how hard can it be to add youtube to xbox live??

GhostofWar75
GhostofWar75

just derp. man i was so ready for youtube

Vodoo
Vodoo

HBO Go is for portable devices if you subscribe to HBO at home. At home you have the cable boxes so why use HBO Go on the 360 that's rite next to it? On a cell phone when you're not home, on the train, ect... is the main purpose for it.

Vodoo
Vodoo

The new dashboard design is terrible imo. It's so much more difficult to find things because everything is buried like 3-4 menus deep. I like to watch the show SentUaMessage. Try to find it.... not as easy as it was before. The layout wastes sooo much space. It only takes up the center of the tv screen.. Looks like a Windows Phone 7 sideways on your tv.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

"Meh, does not really matter to me. I got tired of waiting for the PS3/360 to catch-up to dedicated Smart TV devices, and went with the Roku LT. " you could have just made your own with an old pc (or parts laying around)

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

I can not access ANY of it! cause I have a American account but live in japan! oh well! I still love xbox live and its STILL worth every penny. (i can only use chat, mp, and marketplace, but stuff like zune and netflix and hulu. no way. their disrabuttion rights dont extend past US borders.)

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

"as late as early next year. " wow 3 weeks away! yeah that sure is LATE!

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Sony Pictures' Crackle............. (takes a minute to Google.....) Always wanted to look into this service, this 360 update is as good a chance as any.

Blue_Shield
Blue_Shield

Meh, does not really matter to me. I got tired of waiting for the PS3/360 to catch-up to dedicated Smart TV devices, and went with the Roku LT. Probably best purchase I've made this year. It has most of those channels, with YouTube in the works (in meantime, it does have Daily Motion as a private channel), and much more. Plus, as added bonus, it is much lower in its power consumption.

GOON22
GOON22

who cares am on youtube right now i dont see what the big deal is half the stuff on XBL is already on phones pc etc etc...

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i do not care as long as i get to watch shows like the destructoid show on youtube on my xbox, and gamespot, you guys need to put shows like on the spot on youtube! everyone is going to have their own dedicated channel on youtube! DO THE SAME! GAMESPOT NEEDS YOUTUBE!

deathstream
deathstream

HBO Go needs to hit before Game of Thrones: Season 2. As long as that happens, it isn't THAT big of a deal.

deathstream
deathstream

@chingchow48 Actually, @aahov was right. "In the US, the big ones landing later this month include... and YouTube." Now apologize.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Well, I guess I'll have to wait and see if I like this update more or less than I liked the last one. The Bing marketplace search stuff could be useful.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

Hey you guys can wait for Youtube and use Daily motion for time, its add free

chingchow48
chingchow48

@aahov actually YouTube is one of the features pushed back to 2012, you could get that by reading the article OR JUST THE title, sometimes i wonder if people even read the articles OR titles

aahov
aahov

SAD!!!!! i was so excited to have youtube on my xbox. my computers audio driver is corrupt so i cant hear anything and its a pain, and youtube on the box was gunna make a big difference! luckily its not listed as one of the features waiting till 2012

rasterror
rasterror

And Sony will follow suit in 5...4...3...2...1....

JETS-JETS-JETS
JETS-JETS-JETS

screw kinect n screw this update. youtube n crackle is what i wanted.

RgvXavi
RgvXavi

I'm pretty stoked for this update the only downer being the Bing search integration. Not a fan of Bing but at least it provides a better option for Marketplace search. Right?

Merex760
Merex760

Youtube and HBO GO were the only things I was looking forward to from the list of partners. Lame.

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

I was looking forward to youtube but oh well, I guess I can wait.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Excellent, Mr. Downin. I was just about to search for information about HBOs involvement with the xbox. Now I don't have to, thanks. On top of that, no even mentioned dumbass Pachter- damnit! That was my fault.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Not EVERYTHING has been delayed, Ninjatrek... Just the last 4 or so. So you still get Crackle, iHeartRadio, TMZ, UFC, Verizon, VEVO, VUDU AND YouTube this month. So don't sweat it-- although whether they'll let NORMAL users to use them or not is beyond me. ~_~ But they ALREADY HAVE Hulu Plus, don't they?

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

What ever - cloud space for games saves is the best feature of the new update IMO - catching up with the PS3 finally!

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

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SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

Figures Cablevision's not on the list. Worst cable company ever.

Ninjatrek
Ninjatrek

Damn, the thing I was really looking forward to was the TV content...

Eternal_Phoenix
Eternal_Phoenix

YouTube on my 360 about damn time, there are some vids I have wanted to watch in HD!!

Paradosis
Paradosis

What? Is this being reality!? Is outrage! I demand compensation for my inconvenience! $217.34 in credit is the minimum amount I can abide!

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

Well this sucks... my PS3 can play Youtuble XL fortunately... Kinect app sounds cool

Danny_1993
Danny_1993

Oh no, now I'll have to watch Youtube on my laptop like I have done for the last 7 years! If anyone is seriously annoyed at this then they need to chill out

kerrman
kerrman

Anyone know if Rogers On Demand in Canada will be pushed back or is it coming tomorrow as well?

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

Wow, youtube was one of the only things i was excited about... MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR ME... 2012... for **** sakes.. .that means november/december!!they always lie and say "early 2012" when we know they are full of ****. Yeah then for another pointless dash update that willi probably end up making it worse. if they are adding it 2012, wtf is the point?? how much longer will xbox stay relevent?