Xbox 360 Dashboard update is here, Kinect ready to go

Starting today, all US Xbox 360 owners who connect to Xbox Live will be greeted with the biggest update since the introduction of the "Next Xbox Experience" in 2008. In addition to installing a brand new system interface and some twists and tweaks all around, this update will make your Xbox 360 fully equipped to handle Kinect when the motion camera goes on sale later this week.

Above: The Xbox 360 is going beyond just a "media hub" and becoming an "everything hub"

Kinect is the headlining feature of the update, but there are several others being added to the system as part of the installation. And they are:

  • Improved Xbox Live voice chat fidelity
  • New interface, including new fonts and graphics
  • Updated Avatars that look more human-like
  • "Search" feature improved in Netflix app
  • Improvements to the on-screen keyboard
  • Zune Music/Movie marketplace connectivity
  • New ESPN app for live streaming sports content

If you want to play Kinect games but don't have an Internet-connected Xbox 360, don't worry. The update will come installed with every packaged Kinect title, allowing the system to be upgraded on the spot.

Moreover, if you do connect to Xbox Live, even if you have absolutely no interest in Kinect, this is a mandatory update. You will not be able to connect to Xbox Live until you grab this latest dashboard download. It should take less than 10 minutes to download and install.

Kinect goes on sale on November 4th. Midnight launch parties are happening all around the US, including a big spectacle at Times Square in New York City (where I'll be). Get in line early if you wanna get your Kinect face on, because Microsoft is strumming up as much hype as possible to get those units off the shelves.

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  • cj12297 - November 4, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    they changed it again twice in like 2 months
  • eNdo602 - November 3, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    too bad time warner is fucking gay and i can't use espn360.
  • lovinmyps3 - November 2, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    I like it! But of course the internet will likely be up in arms about it, since that's what we do.
  • n00b - November 2, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    @PleaseSitDownICannotSee no i havent gotten the update and just based my comment on the screen shot that gr posted. And just judging by the screen shot, it really looks like the wii channels, complete with a hand cursor to navigate. so sorry for the nerd rage
  • Rockforever200 - November 2, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    get ready for new wave locked games , iXtreme need to work again for new firmware and new system update .... Microsoft banning policy will start again ... lol enjoy it online gamers
  • Crabhand - November 2, 2010 6:02 a.m.

    I absolutely abhor the new color scheme for the guide. It's like they took a blank square from the beta version and decided not to color it or round the edges. Every time I bring up the guide it feels like I'm being attacked by the pure white that hurts to look at. I don't know who decided sharp edges and bright white was the way to go, but I cannot stand it.
  • near01 - November 2, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    er.. i think it looks fine :/ dont kill me please im begging you!!
  • alexisdrojas - November 2, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    i dont have 2m of space to play with this D:
  • Cwf2008 - November 2, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    MY EYES! MY F**KING EYES! reCAPTCHA: Slavery icesty...WTF?
  • Crimmy - November 2, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    The update hit at 1:15 in the morning. I updated it then, and it screwed me over, not letting me log into Xbox Live. I gave up, and it was fixed in the morning when I logged on. Not very smart. But I do like the new intro when you turn it on. It feels like there is more going on, instead of a spinning zoom-out of the logo. The new dash isn't very good, and the little tweaks are very annoying.
  • ClusterShart - November 2, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    Reminds me of OS X with the sheer amount of Matte.
  • Shadowhatchi - November 2, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    The marketplace sucks now, I can't just see all new arrivals in one place now. I have to press arcade games look at the new stuff, go back, press game demos look at the new stuff, go back, repeat.
  • PleaseSitDownICannotSee - November 2, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    Pointing out that a person's criticisms are invalid because they clearly didn't experience the thing they are commenting on is common sense, not subversion.
  • ChiefLethal - November 2, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    @PleaseSit Then perhaps GR posted an inappropriate image? Obviously, noob had not yet seen the new update. I can totally understand why someone would mistake the above image for the new update if the last time they turned on their xbox was Sunday. And also, if this is an image of the Kinect dash, then how does it not look like the Wii channels? Stop being subversive just for the sake of argument.
  • PleaseSitDownICannotSee - November 1, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    @noob How does it look like Wii Channels at all? My dashboard looks very similar other than the changes to sizing/colors/font. If you're referring to the screenshot at the top of the article, that's when you're using Kinect. Which isn't out yet. Which you couldn't have used. Which means I don't think you've seen the new update, you just saw the above screenshot and thought that's the default new dashboard.
  • PleaseSitDownICannotSee - November 1, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    @abbott You really think Microsoft is going to tweak/change the current achievement noise? It's rather ubiquitous, I highly doubt they would change it.
  • Kaltoria - November 1, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    billy mays here and in 3 short steps and a lot of time i'm going to show you how you can turn your magnificent xbox in to an over-glorified craptastic Wii.
  • flare149 - November 1, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    If my themes get all messed up again I'm going to be pissed. All my original themes became crap after the NXE update and now that I have a few new ones I'm sure as heck not wasting my money on any again
  • tomthespesh - November 1, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    I'm not a fan of it. To square and white, I preferred the curves and the greeny blue. Just seems like a simple version of the old one to me. Also for some reason it changed the colour of my decepticon shirt from grey to white. I paid 80ms points for that! I want it the colour I paid for I reckon it doesn't look as good now :(.
  • bradmillow0 - November 1, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    I have mixed feelings on this. It may take some time to adjust to it because it is just so different. It is also kinda coolish.

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