The Dashboard update will include new personal and social features, including Facebook Sharing, Cloud Storage saves and Live Profiles, along with enhanced Family Settings, integrated voice and gesture controls using Kinect, and Bing Voice Search, which is be made available this year in the US, Canada, and the UK.
Beacons have been added as well, which are also accessible through the new Xboxlive.com website which launched last week.
The new dashboard will provide YouTube and Bing support, as well as new content providers such as the BBC, Channel 4, LoveFilm, HBO and others along with new, customized applications for television, movies, internet videos, sports and music.
Each service will begin rolling out from various providers in more than 20 countries on a continuing basis throughout the holiday months.
The dashboard will also introduce a new UI, similar to that used on Windows Phone 7.