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More Details on the Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update

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Microsoft's official blog, On 10, just pumped out some more info on the Xbox 360 Spring Update, including a 25 minute video going through the ins and outs of the "hundreds" of new features and enhancements. There's the messenger/ninja DL stuff we already know about, but here's some of the other updates you can expect come May:

  • A richer Achievement notification pop-up will showcase the name of the unlocked Achievement and the gamerscore value without needing to leave the game to check the Achievements list.
  • Enhanced family settings features for Xbox Live communications enable different defaults for video chat and voice chat.
  • A new Xbox Live Marketplace blade lets Xbox Live members access the content they seek—whether it is game content or TV shows and movies (available in the United States)—from one place on Xbox Live.
  • Updates to Xbox Live Arcade allow owners to quickly see which Xbox Live Arcade games their friends are playing and join in the fun. Xbox Live members can also compare progress of leaderboard scores and Achievements directly with all friends on their friends list. Expanded "Tell a Friend" capabilities make it easier than ever to boast about Achievements and high scores.
  • Expanded "Tell a Friend" capabilities make it easier than ever to boast about Achievements and high scores.
  • A new option in Auto Downloads provides faster access to the entire collection of free, trial-version Xbox Live Arcade games.
  • New progressive download controls provide easy access to optimal viewing options by letting people fast-forward, rewind, pause and resume as their video is downloaded from Xbox Live Marketplace.
  • Extension of the background download functionality will allow owners to set their Xbox 360 console to turn off automatically after downloads are complete.
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Whee! Check the link below to watch the long, long video on the upcoming update.

Sprung: First (official) look at the Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update! [On 10]

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DISCUSSION

Considering the 360 is Hack proofed, and no one Except MS can program to IT. That Anyone that wishes to make a game for it, can distribute Without going thru MS.

You get to wiat for Any and All improvements to come, ONLY from MS.

I really think the Wii, being fully reprogrammable, moded, hacked and REALLY played with in the fullest extent.. Is more friendly then waiting for 1 corp, to make something look Pretty.