2012 Xbox 360 Dashboard Update

New Xbox 360 dashboard update starts rolling out today

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Major Nelson wrote:

In this update, you will see the following features.

-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.

What about Xbox SmartGlass? That’s coming too, but not until Windows 8 launches on October 26th. When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom.

Hmm, wonder if it'll do flash. It would be nice to have a reliable way to watch twitch.tv streams on a TV without running an HDMI cable from a PC.

I've already been using IE, and it is not bad. I was able to easily browse and read GWJ, including watching video within the browser. It's not going to be a preferred way to browse the web, but Smartglass may make it easier.

I don't think people are going to like the dashboard itself, as MS has doubled down on Metro and the number of tiles on each screen. I have my doubts that pinning is realy going to be that useful.

I've only had it running for 30 minutes or so. But overall it feels like it a decent upgrade with some new features.

I am going to check out the new Xbox Music next.

Yah, I have been a part of the Beta so I have seen some of these upgrades already. I like them - I think by the time the 720 gets here, the xbox will be the true media center in my household for everyone. Right now I play a lot of games (as you know) but also a lot of Barney gets streamed for my toddler. We watched the first two debates on live as well (with some hiccups, but still).

I like where Microsoft is going with this.

NSMike wrote:

Hmm, wonder if it'll do flash. It would be nice to have a reliable way to watch twitch.tv streams on a TV.

Twitch was supposedly working toward getting a dedicated app out for the 360 and the PS3 but I don't know if those plans disapeared or are still in the works or even if they were just a rumor to start with.

They have an android app that works pretty well except that there's no way to log in to your account for any premium event streams like MLG or others, which is a decision I still don't understand at all.

Looking forward to it. I'm still not a big fan of the Metro look, but pinning favourites will go a ways toward mitigating that. How much of your home screen can you rejigger? Every tile? Some tiles? Is there still an ad tile no matter what?

Doesn't hurt to have a browser, and I imagine it will play fine with the iOS Xbox app for entering text etc. We'll see how much use that gets.

I hope the new recommendations and ratings feature helps improve the ability to discover new stuff, at least a bit. Is XBLIG still a neglected, obfuscated back water?

Pinning sounds superb. Netflix and Amazon Video on the first screen that comes up, instead of having to drill down to find them? Yes please.

Jonman wrote:

Pinning sounds superb. Netflix and Amazon Video on the first screen that comes up, instead of having to drill down to find them? Yes please.

Agreed.

Should work great for XBLA titles that you're currently rotating.

EDIT:

Of course if I pin my go-to "I don't want to think, I just wanna shoot stuff." game, Doom II, then I'll likely never play anything else if it's sitting on my home screen whenever I fire up the console. :p

Aaron D. wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Pinning sounds superb. Netflix and Amazon Video on the first screen that comes up, instead of having to drill down to find them? Yes please.

Of course if I pin my go-to "I don't want to think, I just wanna shoot stuff." game, Doom II, then I'll likely never play anything else if it's sitting on my home screen whenever I fire up the console. :p

I have the same problem with Magic 2013.

Pinning is not as good as it should be. It does not pin to your home page, rather there is a tile for your pinned games on the home page. It's like the Recent tile, except you add the apps and games you want there, and in what order.

I wish they had given us the ability to arrange, and soon to alter the size of, the tiles that appear on the home screen, but that's not the case yet. There is an extra row in each of the other screens, like games or videos, that lists suggestions based on your past history, which is something folks seem to want.

But I don't think the dashboard itself is going to get many praises.

Well that's a buzzkill.

Somewhere out there today, thousands of web developers are crying. Internet Explorer on Xbox 360. Le sigh.

Aaron D. wrote:

Well that's a buzzkill.

Yup. Better than a kick in the teeth with a frozen boot, but still sort of missing the point of customizing a home screen.

Aaron D. wrote:

Well that's a buzzkill.

Jayhawker wrote:

I wish they had given us the ability to arrange, and soon to alter the size of, the tiles that appear on the home screen, but that's not the case yet.

And how else would they control the adverts you're bound to get spammed with?!

magnus wrote:

Somewhere out there today, thousands of web developers are crying. Internet Explorer on Xbox 360. Le sigh.

I wish I could break free from the chains of MS and use Chrome!

Seriously, I feel like the browser works far better than I would have expected. I may get my chat pad out and see if posting will be easy. The on screen keyboard is functional, but still too slow to really use for posting on forums.

But it could be the way to browse the Post a Video thread.

The real test will be when Smartglass is finally released. I think using an iPad or Surface to browse the web, but have it control IE on the 360 will be a cool feature. actually, I think even smartphones will support Smartglass.

Xbox Music was a disappointment. There is no free ad supported option for the 360. that will require a subscription. The only free service is on the PC. I'm not sold on subscription based music services yet. That may change when I finally get a WP8 phone.

NSMike wrote:

Hmm, wonder if it'll do flash. It would be nice to have a reliable way to watch twitch.tv streams on a TV without running an HDMI cable from a PC.

I don't think so. I tried watching some video from a site on IE earlier this month and it wouldn't run because I was not able to download the proper software. It was either Java or Flash, can't remember off the top of my head.

Either way, it's not a good way to browse for me, as I have a laptop that pretty much rests permanently in the living room.

nel e nel wrote:
NSMike wrote:

Hmm, wonder if it'll do flash. It would be nice to have a reliable way to watch twitch.tv streams on a TV without running an HDMI cable from a PC.

I don't think so. I tried watching some video from a site on IE earlier this month and it wouldn't run because I was not able to download the proper software. It was either Java or Flash, can't remember off the top of my head.

Either way, it's not a good way to browse for me, as I have a laptop that pretty much rests permanently in the living room.

A Twitch TV app for 360 is supposed to be launching any day now.

Haven't got the update yet, but the prospect of pinning of my own quick-play tile, and talk of Burnout in Veloxi's PS2 thread, just compelled me to buy Burnout 3 from XBO. Sure the disc is right on the shelf beside the TV, so it was quite a silly purchase (though a silly purchase I'd been waffling over for years). But to have that game always two button presses away for a quick race or three at any time was too compelling. Loads real fast now too!

Looking forward to that update...

Pinning's nice, but it doesn't make up for how hard it is to find things in the first place, and Bing is not a solution for that.
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See the little part of the screen for launching what's in the disc tray? It just gets worse.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

Pinning's nice, but it doesn't make up for how hard it is to find things in the first place, and Bing is not a solution for that.

Oh god, Bing is no solution at all. Here's how last night went on the Xbox:

Games Marketplace > All Games > B > Burnout Paradise, Burnout Revenge...

Hey, where's Burnout 3?

Bing > "burn" > Burnout Paradise, Burnout Revenge

What the what? I know it's still available because I have it right here on my iPad on marketplace.xbox.com. Well, I guess I'll just buy it here then.

Hm, I wonder...

Bing > "take" > Burnout 3: Takedown

Moronic.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

See the little part of the screen for launching what's in the disc tray? It just gets worse.

Yeah, my complaints about that last year are well-documented.

Right now I'm wondering what they're holding back on so that the nextbox looks awesome by comparison (for instance, I'm sure they could have done achievements on the xbox1 if they wanted), and also if the nextbox interface will still be metro or something 'only possible on next gen hardware'.