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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Rolled Out

David Gilbert


Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Rolled Out

The latest software update for the Xbox 360 was rolled out around the globe this morning and will see support given for Microsoft’s Kinect, which goes on sale here in the UK next Wednesday, November 10.

While support for the Kinect, which will be in direct competition with the Playstation Move, is the main advantage of this latest update, the user interface will also receive a bit of a face-lift. In an email to their Xbox Live members, Microsoft said the mandatory update (which is the second for the Xbox Dashboard) will “enhance the interface, navigation, and responsiveness."

New features include the addition of Zune Music and ESPN, improved voice quality and revamped Avatars. The update should take between five and ten minutes to download via Xbox Live. The Kinect goes on sale in the US on Thursday prior to the UK release next week.

Along with allowing users to play games with the Kinect, the update will allow the use of the Kinect to navigate through menus without having to push those pesky buttons anymore.

In its continuing efforts to lure family and casual gamers to its platform, Microsoft has included updated family settings in the release. These will allow parents to choose the right viewing and play settings for their particular setup. Another improvement Microsoft has included in the update is the ability to now see and connect to any wireless networks within range.


November 1, 2010, 7:50 pm

Just packed up my (xbox 360)bags yesterday and headed to the PS3 camp. Unfortunately the grass will always look greener on the other side, no matter which side you started on..


November 1, 2010, 9:25 pm

@smckenna568, depends on why you jumped. If it was for Bluray then fair enough. For gaming reasons then that is tougher call. I have both and I would always buy a game for the Xbox over the PS3 - several reasons: 1) Xbox Live 2) Controller (I think the PS3 is trully awful - but that is a personal choice). 3) the PS3 winds me up more than the Xbox - the forced game installs, even for DL'd games being one of them.

As an example, I went to play the downloaded game "Pain" the other day (first time in several months). It took over 2 hours before I could play it - there were 3 500MB forced updates to it, all of which had to be downloaded (which is always painfully slow as PSN sucks) and then installed (which sucks) before it would let me play. And it wouldn't even do it in the background, so couldn't do anything else. The PS3 is really badly thought out in this respect. Does my head in.

XBox is not perfect by any means, but as a gaming platform I prefer it to PS3. Of course PS3 has some great exclusives, so I do use it for those, but there aren't too many of those.

Of course another reason for one vs the other is it depends what your mates play (assuming you are into online play).


November 1, 2010, 10:39 pm

Sorry but "the ability to now see and connect to any wireless networks within range" - I'm pretty sure I've always been able to do that assuming you mean via the wireless adapter or xbox slim.


November 1, 2010, 11:14 pm

@Steve32, depends on why you jumped? I don't even use my PS3 for watching games, i bought the PS3 for the good and better exclusive titles and free online.

in my opinion For gaming reasons then that is tougher call to choose a 360, because it lacks good exclusives, and MS has less and less First party developers. and seeing how MS are heading for casual people(none gamers) the only upcoming game that inters me for my xbox is Gears 3, the rest are useless casual kinect games.

If would buy a Ps3 again ill buy a PS3 over the xbox for several reasons:

1. Free online (no pay to play online)

2. Small and light comfortable controller, like you said "personal choice"

3. Move which actually works with core games.

4. The most important thing are the games, for example the PS3 has over 20 exclusive games this year and coming next year and im not counting the multi-platforms.

Anyways, on topic, i don't get this Kinect thing, all i see is dance and aerobic games, im not buying its tooo pricey for what it can offer.


November 2, 2010, 12:56 am


Yes a big plus Move has over Kinect is the built in calibration mini games, you can't say you don't get value.

Hey Socom Navy SEAL you must calibrate your pink ball tipped imaginary gun before the average AI jihadist, he may shoot you first.

All four points I have read numerous times before, thanks for the chuckle.

Xbox Dashboard article for the PS3 conscience converters lulz.


November 2, 2010, 1:28 am

@ steve32: how were you connected to the internet, I find that through the ps3s wifi when downloading updates it averages 1 megabyte every 7 seconds or so, but if I plug in through ethernet it jumps way up to no less than 3 megabytes a sec, perhaps that is food for thought.


November 2, 2010, 2:10 am

@Ahlan, I don't use my PS3 for watching games either ;-) (Chuckle)

I have both platforms and have a preference for the Xbox. Not a massive one as both are good.

No offence, but you come across as being blinded by Sony - I won't use the "F" word (Chuckle). Move for Core Games? - what, so people are going to be playing Modern Warfare and GT5 with it? Yeah right. (Chuckle) Sadly, I think Move will fail because unless Sony bundle it free with the console it will never get enough market penetration to justify developers producing top games for it - a vicious circle of not enough good games to make it sell and not enough customers to justify the development costs. Not sure Kinect will fair any better, but Microsoft will chuck the cheque book at it and they may generate enough hype and momentum to make it work. I am not convinced by it yet but at least it is something different from the Wii controller. Will be interesting to see the full reviews.

Exclusive doesn't mean good. I am glad though that you are not including the multi-platforms in the 20 exclusives!! (chuckle, think about it) If all 20 are better than every other title out there, fair enough, but I somehow doubt that. There are a couple I am looking forward to, sure. For every "new" exclusive coming out on the PS3 there are several Xbox exclusives already out there - so what? Nearly all the top games are multi-platform now anyway.

As Hank said, thanks for the chuckle!

P.S. My views on people blinded by the Xbox 360 are similar!


November 2, 2010, 2:21 am


You are aware PS3 Move is more expensive....

Kinetic £120, multiplayer ready..

Move... £50 1 camera, 1 motion controller, £30 for an extra motion controller... £50 for 2 navigation controllers, total price. £130, that's just for 2 players, if you want more you have to pay more.

Games are irrelivant, Move is cheaper for 1 player, but as this kind of thing will be played in groups, Kinect is far, far, far cheaper when it comes to move, especially if you want the kit for 3+ players.

Either way there both completely different to each other, your comparing apples and oranges.


November 2, 2010, 2:26 am

Sorry but the calibration you make when you start the game, not every time you play a match or a level. lol

I played MAG with the move and you only make calibration once (takes half a sec), and its pretty accurate.


November 2, 2010, 3:03 am

@Ahlan - The PS3 controller is great... if you have small girly hands.

Just the target market for glowing pink 'move' controllers... shaped, as they are, rather like something you might find in an Anne Summers shop!



November 2, 2010, 3:08 am

I like the idea behind Kinect. I like it even more when I imagine surfing through the dashboard Minority Report style. But I have my doubts...

When I look at people actually using this Kinect dashboard in videos it seems extremely cumbersome. I guess it will be funny for two minutes, but in the end it will be easier and more intuitive to use the joypad/remote.

I own a PS3. But when I look at Oprah getting all giddy about using your controller as a body, I almost want to get an Xbox.

But in the end I will not get an Xbox and Kinect to go with it. And it is unlikely that I will buy into Move either. If I valued active gameplay I would have bought a Wii to begin with.

I was really after a multi purpose machine that could serve my media and a bit of gaming. The PS3 just happened to fit my bill.

And if the Kinect dashboard and media interface is really as cumbersome as it looks on video, I guess I will not make the switch for this reason either.

However... If it turns out that I will be able to zoom through all my media at the flick of a finger (or fingers) I might reconsider.


November 2, 2010, 3:38 am

Now owning both 360 and PS3, I genuinely don't think either console is "better" for gaming, even online. XBL is generally held to be better, but I don't find the difference that great - all I know for sure is that both consoles can be bloody infuriating; randomly refusing to join any games and requiring endless router resets and settings changes for no apparent reason. But I digress...

One area where I do prefer the PS3 is in the dashboard; I prefer this interface to the 360's. However, the XBox Dashboard was quite alright - until today. What have they done with it? Perhaps MS think this new look is minimalist - I think it looks like I've accidentally booted into some kind of debug/safe mode. Where was the need?


November 2, 2010, 5:33 am

lets be brutaly honnest when you are physically in the game, gameplay is exactly the same on both consoles, multiplayer is totaly the same, the only real life difference worth caring about is the controler, hell even while in the lobby is the same you click find game and what do you know both the xbox and the ps3 find you a game it loads and you play.

the only proper way to select which console is best is the extra features if you want bluray, DLNA streaming, video playback, or a web browser which can be used for iplayer youtube ect. then you can only choose the ps3, if you want sky player or media center integration or if you cant afford a ps3 then xbox is the way to go.

I have all 3 consoles, if a game is available on more than one then I will only buy it on ps3 because I am not locked into paying for playing online or other 'premium' features (why pay when I have the option for free?), the others are only good for halo and mario, of which I use the trial cards you get with stuff for online play for halo the fact they only last a month or two doesnt matter because that is enough.

TBH if I hadnt bought the xbox before the ps3 came out I would have never bought it using both systems the ps3 is just much simpler you dont have to keep buying a gold account to get features and it is a proper useful product that fits under the TV like bluray, DLNA and divx off a usb key. for me an xbox is only good for a dedicated game room or a teenagers bedroom where you dont care or require the bluray or video playback.


November 2, 2010, 12:14 pm

@KultiVator i thought girls like to have something big in their hands.

Anne Summers shop? you been there?



November 2, 2010, 2:49 pm


The in shop Move demo I had to calibrate 8 times in a 7 min blast on the Wii resort rip off. It sold the the Wii for me, been having fun, Wii are back in love again.

Sony have improved on only the controller, HD I can skip, Sony exclusives like God Of War look pale to Ninty's homegrown.

The new Xbox dashboard is a horrible, laggy, Web 2.0/Facebook inspired mess.


November 2, 2010, 3:39 pm

Jay - Whilst you make some good points, I'm not sure I agree with all your comments... particularly regarding multi-player, match-making etc.

360 makes this easy and gamers can co-ordinate with friends *even* when they're all doing/playing different things... making that 10pm clan session on COD or Gears a success!

PS3's online features, in contrast, feel like a poorly implemented afterthought... just about ok if you're happy playing with random strangers most of the time - not so good if you want to spontaneously interact with real friends.


November 2, 2010, 3:44 pm

@Ahlan - I'll have to bow to your more intimate knowledge of what girly hands prefer... controller-wise.

Visit the Anne Summer's shop regularly with my wife - as it's the only place I know that stocks Lager-Flavoured Nipple Sauce!

Nuff said ;-)


November 3, 2010, 1:53 am

@ KultiVator

Gamesradar, Kinect: The day-one verdict


Some quotes from their impressions

"seems a lot like eyetoy from 2005"

"the interface is the worst bit overall"

"a lot of accidentally selecting stuff you dont want"


"when inputting punch motions kinect will overlap roundhouses at the same time"

"kinect joyride is a decent little kart game, this is very much like modnation racers, If it used a controller I would take it home"

"even with a controller that game is lacking"

"so far its nothing im intereted in playing"

Well, there you have it. Its just as everyone has been saying. The future of gaming?....no


November 3, 2010, 2:56 am

@Ahlan - not sure why those comments were directed at me.

Don't remember singing the praises of Kinect at all.

The only thing I've mentioned that I'd claim to be a fanboy of is... the Lager Flavoured Nipple Sauce!


November 3, 2010, 11:34 pm

hank: Having used the new dashboard for a couple of days, I've had time to get used to it and revise my opinion. It's not bad. It's appalling. I can only imagine it was designed for a ridiculously short and wide screen that no-one owns.

Luckily I only have to look at it for the few seconds before and after playing Halo, and can continue to use the PS3 for everything else. MS, please, please fix it...


November 4, 2010, 1:33 pm

@Hank err laggy?

I much prefer the new layout then the old and it feels much more responsive then the older version too.

I wonder if it depends on which xbox you have etc

Not too bothered about Kinect move etc

Funny the complaints about the xbox - personally cant be bothered quite yet with the ps3

(meaning do I really want/need/have time for a different console?) as xbox does ok in most department for me - esp like the interrogation with Windows media center(sic)

Not knocking the ps3 btw

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