New Xbox 360 dashboard update returns indies to the limelight

By Brenna Hillier, Sunday, 19 February 2012 22:32 GMT

Microsoft has restored the Xbox Live Indie Games service to its front-and-centre dashboard position.

The change was made quietly with a minor update issued in the US late last week.

“As you’ve now noticed, the Xbox Live Marketplace was updated to change the way games are surfaced to customers. Microsoft is continually working to better organise our digital game content on the platform and your feedback played a part in that,” microsoft said in a statement given to Eurogamer.

“Part of this new organisation means that Xbox Live Indie Games now has a tile on the top level of the marketplace right next to Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox Games on Demand. Inside of the new Xbox Live Indie Games section, you’ll notice that there are New Release, Top Download, A-Z, and Genre options, as well as a rotating carousel that shows off Kotaku’s Picks, Contest Finalists, and can be used to house other content as desired.

“This update is something we are extremely excited about as it really brings Xbox Live Indie Games to a higher level of visibility in the dashboard. We believe these changes will help even more gamers find and experience the great offerings you’ve all developed for Xbox Live Indie Games.”

The Metro update, released late last year, had placed the Indie Games service inside the Game Type menu, reducing the discoverability of a service already much criticised for its failures in promoting quality content.

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