In the next 48 hours, the Xbox 360 owners among you will see a refreshed dashboard appearing on your console which will have a new Windows Phone 7 look and bring a host of new features including LoveFilm.
The most immediate change that users will notice is that rather than a list of apps, you will now be faced with the Metro-style interface of Windows Phone 7 – whereby a grid of variously sized squares represent the different apps.
For example, within the Social menu you will find squares representing the Twitter and Facebook apps as well as an app to control the Kinect video calling functionality.
The headline new feature is access to a series of video-on-demand services including Lovefilm, YouTube, 4OD, Channel 5 On Demand, Crackle and blinkbox – with the latter giving users view films online that they have purchased in-store at Tesco.
One app which was highly anticipated is the BBC’s iPlayer but that won’t be coming to the Xbox dashboard until early 2012. New apps will be able to be downloaded from the Xbox Marketplace.
Also among the new features is integration of the Bing search engine as well as better integration between your Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7 and Kinect.
Of course one of the best new features will be the ability to use your Kinect to control the menu system using your voice and/or motion control. Searching your Xbox for particular content will be one of the features improved by this update.
Simply saying “Xbox, Bing, Star Wars” will immediately bring up all content related to the Lucas saga but only in relation to content on your own Xbox and elsewhere on the dashboard such as LoveFilm, Xbox Marketplace and so on.
Let us know in the comments if you have received the update and if you think the new system is better or worse.