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Xbox 360 dashboard update rolling out today

Tuesday, 16th October 2012 06:01 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A major update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard will be gradually deployed across the globe beginning today. The update is planned to reach around 3 million users today, with the full process expected to take a couple of weeks to complete. The update is that which was featured in the recent public beta; grab all the details of the new features through the break.

Details below courtesy of Major Nelson’s blog; you’ll note one interesting exclusion, as expected SmartGlass features will not arrive until the launch of Windows 8.

  • Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination.
  • Internet Explorer for Xbox. With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos.
  • Recommendations and Ratings. Recommendations will allow you to discover new favorites, generated based on a number of variables including the content you previously viewed, what your friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community. You can now rate content yourself and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.
  • Pinning. Pinning lets you personalize the dashboard by saving your favorite movies, TV shows, games, music, videos and websites right to the home screen. It’s as easy as opening an app or a favorite movie and clicking “pin.”
  • Xbox Video. Formerly called Zune Video Marketplace, Xbox Video offers hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies for buying or renting in instant HD streaming.
  • Recent. Previously called Quick Play, the Recent view gives you a list of movies, games, apps or other types of content that you most recently accessed on the console.
  • Enhanced Search. The last Xbox LIVE update brought Bing voice search to Xbox so you could use voice to search for movies, TV shows, actors, directors and artists. This year we added genre search to the list, so now you can search for action, comedy, romance, drama or sci-fi. Bing voice search now includes results for video across the Web, including YouTube.
  • International Expansion of Voice Search. We’ve expanded our Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland.

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  1. Gadzooks!

    I’ve been on the beta. It’s a massive improvement over the last dash update. Much more logical menu layout and pins are very handy.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Deploying it gradually? Huh?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Petulant Radish

    Pin trials evolution. Job done.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mistermogul

    Never really did get on with the last ‘Metro’ dash update so hope this improves it, though from the images it looks pretty much the same eh…?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @4 The aesthetic is the same, but there’s a lot more buttons per page and the game stuff and marketplace is a lot easier to navigate. That image in the banner isn’t at all what the new dash looks like.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Da Man

    Will I be able to unpin the ads and pin something else in their place?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gadzooks!

    #6

    No. You have a ‘my pins’ tile which takes you to your favourites page.

    You can pin practically anything there: Games, apps, webpages, songs, etc.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Da Man

    So not as good as the Windows Phone then.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!

    #8

    Not quite as flexible, no.

    Damn site better than it was before though, plus the games section is miles clearer. Indies have a prominent tile+tab and better browsing/promotion areas, which is great.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    Finally after nearly a decade, porn cums to the 360!

    I’d like to know how effective their browser is in general tbh & how it compares to say the psn browser, or a smartphone browser.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Da Man

    Why can’t you still move the tiles around, defeats half of Metro interface purpose..

    #10 Your second account is funnier.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    ^ If you want the pony, you gotta guess the name ;-)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Da Man

    I ‘m still undecided whether it’s a chemical element or a misspelled ‘owned’..

    #13 2 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    Lol, your not far off the mark :-D

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Da Man

    Now, it’s all good but how to uninstall flash on Xbox360?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    Can’t be worse then the last one.

    #16 2 years ago