Microsoft Releasing Faster Xbox 360 Dashboard This Year

Did anyone else notice? When NXE launched, it was pretty quick. But it's just gotten slower...and slower. (Thanks ads!) Luckily, Microsoft is admitting there's an issue and has a plan to fix it. » 6/23/09 8:24am 6/23/09 8:24am

Microsoft Explains that Every Xbox Avatar Has a 'Real'

Microsoft's latest clip offers a somewhat brilliant introduction to NXE, the Xbox 360's new interface. It's a commercial, yes, but the spot has a Pixaresque sensibility that makes the whole thing dreadfully charming. [Thanks Leo!] » 4/09/09 8:15am 4/09/09 8:15am

NXE Will Soon Be a Mandatory Update for All Xbox 360s

As of now, a few Xbox owners have been holed up in a cave, fending off The New Xbox Experience with a torch (and not connecting to LIVE). Those dark days must end. » 3/05/09 8:40am 3/05/09 8:40am

Xbox 360 HDMI Sound Issue Remains Unexplained, Unaddressed

I'd love to tell you that the New Xbox Experience HDMI-related sound issue from November has been addressed, but that'd be a lie. More than two months and 23 pages of complaints later, it persists. » 2/01/09 2:00pm 2/01/09 2:00pm

The New Xbox Experience That Almost Was

Design studio Gridplane was hired by Microsoft to come up with a new user interface for the Xbox 360 (what eventually became dubbed The New Xbox Experience). Here is their work. » 1/30/09 8:40am 1/30/09 8:40am

Sony Has No Plans to Put Netflix on PS3

Bad news, PS3ers. While most of us saw Netflix on the PS3 as inevitable, Sony is not only denying rumors of it's arrival to the PS3, they're explaining why they think it's a horrible idea. » 12/09/08 3:40pm 12/09/08 3:40pm

New Xbox 360 Motherboard Leaked, Has 256MB Flash Memory

Jasper, the next version of the Xbox 360 motherboard, has been leaked and apparently it comes with new unannounced goodies. Apart from the rumored 65nm graphics processing unit-the unit uses a 150W power supply, 25W less than before, which signals a lower consumption most probably caused by the reduced GPU… » 11/28/08 12:01am 11/28/08 12:01am

New Xbox Experience Causing HDMI Sound Loss Issues

According to a long thread at the AVForums, several Xbox 360 users are losing all sound after upgrading to the New Xbox Experience. Apparently, the problem only appears in HDMI-connected systems. but there has been one report of someone having the same problem using a SCART connector. Fortunately, there seems to be a… » 11/21/08 1:57pm 11/21/08 1:57pm

NXE Launches With Relative Smoothness

Reports from the front lines regarding the Xbox 360's 'New Xbox Experience' update are just coming in, and so far, so good. We've heard that updates are taking as little as five minutes (including download and installation), which isn't bad at all. The only technical glitch we've heard about is that Netflix device… » 11/19/08 8:47am 11/19/08 8:47am

Xbox 360 Netflix Streaming Drops Sony's Columbia Pictures

In what's a slightly suspicious coincidence, but Sony's suddenly pulled a bunch of its movies from the Xbox's Netflix Watch Instantly streaming service » 11/19/08 12:39am 11/19/08 12:39am just a few hours before Microsoft's . Previously available titles like and , which are owned by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment subsidiary Columbia Pictures, have…

10 Things You Should Know About The New Xbox Experience

The New Xbox Experience » 11/18/08 6:17pm 11/18/08 6:17pm, a.k.a. the new Xbox 360 Dashboard, hits tomorrow. If you've got an Xbox 360 that's connected to the internet, you're going to be prompted to update your console as soon as you turn it on. No exceptions; this is what your machine will look like until either it dies, you die, or Microsoft…

Netflix HD Impressions, On Xbox 360

While we've already reviewed » 10/30/08 3:30pm 10/30/08 3:30pm what it's like to stream Netflix movies on the New Xbox Experience, we missed that there were 300 pieces of right below our noses. Since then, we loaded up in HD and gave Netflix Instant Streaming HD our full once-over.How could we possibly miss the HD content, you ask? Well, it's not…

Netflix HD Streaming Debuts on Xbox 360

The New Xbox Experience—which we just gave a stellar review » 10/29/08 8:15am 10/29/08 8:15am—will not only stream Netflix movies. It will be streaming Netflix movies in . Whaaa? Nobody else does that!Well, maybe they don't. But Engadget confirmed that when NXE hits on November 19th, 300 HD movies will be available to stream from Netflix (as opposed…

New Xbox Experience (NXE) Review: It's Pure Improvement

This November, the Xbox 360 will turn three. So far, it's been a profitable and successful system for Microsoft, capturing the attention of developers, snatching exclusives away from the PlayStation 3 and gaining lots of street cred from hardcore gamers. But in spite of this success, Microsoft has chosen to make an… » 10/29/08 12:02am 10/29/08 12:02am

Sign Up Now to Get the New Xbox Experience Early

Major Nelson has just dropped the details on how to get into the New Xbox Experience early » 10/24/08 7:02pm 10/24/08 7:02pm. They're looking for a "few thousand" participants. All you've gotta do is sign up and answer a few questions () to be considered for the Preview Update. Gold and Silver Xbox Live members can apply, but Gold gets first priority.…

Play With the New Xbox Experience As Soon As Next Week

The New Xbox Experience » 10/20/08 12:30pm 10/20/08 12:30pm is, in a word, —I got to check it myself out last week, and was amazed by its totally smooth re-imagining of the Xbox UI. If you're jealous, you won't have to be for long. On his podcast, Major Nelson not-so-subtly hinted you'll be able play with it early, maybe as soon as next week: "In fact,…

Microsoft NXE Deal Upgrades Your Xbox 360 Memory For Less

Afraid your Xbox doesn't have enough memory » 10/13/08 10:00pm 10/13/08 10:00pm for the New Xbox Experience? So is Microsoft, and they're willing to sell you the storage space you need for a much reduced price. You can now log on to the company's to see if you're eligible for one of their special memory upgrade offers. Under their deal, a 20GB hard…

Movie Parties and Photo Sharing Might Be Coming to New Xbox Experience

Besides just looking a lot snazzier, the New Xbox Experience » 10/10/08 3:30pm 10/10/08 3:30pm uses a whole new foundation that's server-based rather than sitting on your hard drive, so it's easy for Microsoft to add on features and apps. One possibility is basically movie parties—you and your friends could all watch Indiana Jones on Netflix at the…

The New Xbox Experience Requires 256MB Storage Card, Minimum

It's no surprise that The New Xbox Experience will squeeze within a memory card—Microsoft wants to make the software upgrade fit on removable flash storage for Xbox 360 Arcade users who lack hard drives. But the company has made it clear that Arcade users looking to upgrade will need a 256MB » 10/09/08 12:45pm 10/09/08 12:45pm storage card, not the…