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Xbox Dashboard Refresh Confirmed For November


Xbox Dashboard Refresh Confirmed For November

With adverts in Rock Band 2 already pinning the release of a new Xbox Experience in November, it's hardly a surprise to hear that Microsoft has gone ahead and confirmed that its new dashboard will go live on the 19th of that month. Better still, the release will be worldwide so, not as-per usual, we won't be left in the cold while the yanks get to play with the new toys!

In case you still aren't aware, the updates included include a complete (and much needed) overhaul of the dashboard interface, the addition of Avatars, basically the Xbox equivalent of Miis and hard drive installation of games, keeping that ever-so-noisy DVD drive under control.

With the Xbox 360 Arcade under £100 at Sainsbury's until the end of the week, there really never has been a better time to jump in and buy one. Especially with Gears of War 2 just around the corner!

Speaking of games, Bungie, clearly not ready to give up the Halo franchise after its split from Microsoft, has announced Halo 3: Recon. The stand alone expansion is set before the events of Halo 3 and it pitched as "a new chapter in the Halo saga that lets gamers experience events leading up to the epic story told in Halo 3 through the eyes of a new hero in the Halo universe".

Of course, all that really tells us is that we won't be playing as Master Chief. Still, Bungie hasn't let us down so far and thus I can only assume that Halo 3: Recon will be brilliant.


MS New Xbox Experience site.

Lance Uppercut

October 9, 2008, 5:13 pm

That's far too neutral and unbiased.

You'd better slip in a couple of compliments for the PS3 or the usual suspects won't be able to accuse you of being a Sony fanboy ;-D


October 9, 2008, 5:17 pm

The new Xbox story editorial style is *definitely* not influenced by my having just given in a bought an Xbox again (had one before I traded it for my PS3 on launch day). Hard drive installs will get rid of the reason I've held of until now. Plus I want, scratch that, *need* to play Gears of War 2.


October 9, 2008, 6:18 pm

I'm guessing this will be a free update and also not limited to Gold account members?


October 9, 2008, 7:39 pm

Exactly so.

Martin 5

October 10, 2008, 2:52 pm

All is not good in Xbox world at the moment. It transpires this "great" new upgrade that does not really add much functionality (except allowing me to install just 1 game on my Xbox 20GB 360), will only work on Premiums and Elites. It's not suitable for Arcades and Core 360s. You need at least 256MB of memory space, which those 360's don't have. (technically the Arcade does, but you won't have anything left to save your game progress).

Not very good, seems very dishonest of Microsoft to keep this info buried for so long...


October 10, 2008, 3:01 pm

One game on your hard drive is better than no games on your hard drive. and anyone who doesn't have enough storage for their Xbox 360 to get this update is almost definitely the kind of casual gamer than won't care. You're blowing the 'problem' out of proportion.

Matt G Baish

October 14, 2008, 3:22 pm

See here for free 512meg memory card (or discounted hard-drive) if you are an Arcade/Core system owner: http://www.xboxstorageupgra...

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