The New Xbox Software Is Here and It's Better

The Fall 2010 Xbox 360 dashboard update brings some sports, some Zune integration and a fairly sizable UI change. Here's how it works.


The video above gives you a good tour of what the updates bring. There's the changed UI to match the flatness of Windows Phone 7 and Zune HD, the ESPN and Zune video features, Netflix searching and Zune music.

Other than the UI tweaks, there aren't a lot of changes to the core functionality principles of the dashboard itself, other than perhaps the improved Xbox Live party chat and tweaked Avatars. The additions mostly focus on bringing other services to Xbox to beef it up, which is apparently where Microsoft thinks it needs to go to differentiate itself from Sony's offerings.

But overall, we like the change. Stuff is better and more visible! You can watch things! Everyone gets it. The public preview starts today for people who were chosen for the beta.


Les Mikesell

If they made one with a blu-ray player and dropped the requirement for a live gold subscript to stream netflix I might be interested. And then I might be interested in a zune or wp7 device to go with it. But as it stands it doesn't really make sense just as a media player.