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The wait is over and the new Xbox 360 'Kinect' Dashboard should now be available to everyone when you next sign into Xbox Live. Please note that the update is Mandatory - meaning if you don't update, you won't be able to access LIVE until you do.

Read ahead to find out some of the new features.

Taken from majornelson.com...

ESPN on Xbox LIVE

3,500 Sporting Events A Year - Access more than 3,500 live and on-demand global sporting events from ESPN3.com a year, including college basketball, college football and college bowl games, MLB, NBA, international soccer and more.

Out of Market Games - Catch your favorite college team games. Check out the huge catalog of out of market games and enjoy them on the big screen.

The Best Ways to Watch - Enjoy HD programming, DVR controls, plus access to hundreds of clips from ESPN3.com, refreshed daily.

Games at a Glance - Keep up on real-time score information using ESPN.com's score feed without leaving the game you're watching. View scores for leagues and games currently in the ESPN.com feed and select 'Watch Live' or 'Watch Replay' to jump straight into that game.

Predict the Winner - Pick what team you think will win. While watching selected games in college football, college basketball, MLB, and NBA, you will be prompted to vote for your team of choice. You'll also see the percentage of votes among the Xbox LIVE viewing community.

Voice Chat - Voice chat with up to seven other friends while watching the big game.

My Sports - To customize your ESPN on Xbox LIVE experience, click on the 'Events, Highlights and More' slot on the homepage and browse by sport to pick a specific league that you want to follow for the season. The league that you select will now automatically display in your My Sports Channel.

Zune Music

Zune Pass - Zune Pass is a monthly subscription service that gives you unlimited, on demand streaming of millions of songs at launch from all the major music labels and thousands of independent labels.

Enhanced search - Search the broad library to find your favorite artists, albums, songs and playlists.

Social - Connect with like-minded fans on the Zune online community and get new music recommendations. Zune Social also lets you see friend's Avatars and listen to their recently played songs or check out their favorite artists.

Smart DJ - Instantly create customized playlists by selecting an artist and have Smart DJ find songs that complement your selection.

Netflix* Search - Experience a streamlined search function making it much easier to find the movies and TV shows you want to watch.



Improved voice chat quality - The audio codec is updated to improve Xbox LIVE Party audio quality. So grab your friends and jump into a multiplayer game or catch a big game with friends via ESPN3.


Improved Gamertag creation - Choosing a new Gamertag? If the Gamertag you're looking for is already taken, your Avatar will spin a wheel and we will provide five other Gamertag suggestions at a time for you to choose from.


Streamlined in-dashboard virtual keyboard - We've taken the existing QWERTY keyboard in-dash and made it easier to use for scenarios that involve repeated text entry, when signing up for LIVE within the dashboard for example.


Improved Xbox LIVE Marketplace UI and browse experience - The Game Marketplace has been re-organized to provide streamlined access to the gaming and video content you want, reducing the number of steps to get to a download.


Easier to get on a wireless network - Trying to connect to a wireless network? Now you can see a list of all the wireless networks within range when you go into network settings. From there, you can select a new network or further configure the network you're connected to.


Ability to sign-out other controllers in the sign-in UI - We're adding the ability to sign-out profiles on other controllers in the sign-in UI within the Guide. This is especially useful when playing games like Rock Band.


New browse experience for 100% completed games - You spent a lot of time and effort earning those Achievements, so we're giving you a new and better way to browse all of them.


Updated Family Settings - Xbox 360 continues to lead the industry in efforts to create tools that help parents and caregivers choose the right play and viewing settings for their families. We are enhancing the core Family Settings tools for all Xbox LIVE members:


Family Programming - When turned on, Family Programming disables display of all mature content on the dashboard and can be turned on or off with a protected password for individual members (per account). It also highlights all family-friendly entertainment.

Intelligent Default Settings - Your Xbox automatically customizes privacy and activity settings for each member, based on age (child, teen and adult). These settings can later be individually customized.

Title Exceptions - Allow your family members to play specific games above the console's designated ESRB/PEGI (etc.) rating as you deem appropriate.
 

Comments
GrumpyOlGamer
Member
8 years ago
Anyone else experiencing issues getting this update? I get about 85% download and then it just stops saying that it can't connect. Apparently a few of my mates have had similar issues and theyve just redone it a few times and it's worked... I'm on about the 50th attempt and no progress. :(
GrumpyOlGamer
Member
8 years ago
Quick update. Managed to get mine working by clearing the cache and unplugging any USB drives, etc. (And also trying a sh!tload of times.)
x2i
Administrator
8 years ago
I had a problem too but mine wouldn't even start to download at all but I just restarted my Router and it worked.
Darkwings18
Member
8 years ago
Odd, mine downloaded this morning without any problems. That was at about 10am. It might be worth adding that when you go to the Avatar area for the first time after the update, it will require you to have another update for the new avatar changes.
Z4M0
Member
8 years ago
This update really looks done by amateurs trying to be cool and pro just mimmicking apple/wii stuff...

I figure they wanted it sleek but now it just looks bland and generic: lacks of personality.

Too much white / panel movement combo. Don't need to be a rocket scientist here; it's proven than those are uncomfy for the eye and can cause motion sickness. Man, it doesn't have anything to do with games, just OPEN A BLOODY BOOK !! Pages are not PURE WHITE !!!1!

UI is lame. I'd rather lick skunk anus instead of spending a second navigating thru the new UI. No games marketplace What's new button anymore. You have to browse arcades, indie, demos, etc. separatedly. SO USEFUL. And you've got to love (twisted) avatar aditor UI... You see less stuff at the same time, so you spend more time looking back and forth. Then you select an avatar award and voil?, a dark translucent pannel with text on it appears over your avatar not letting you see clearly how does it llok so more back and forth.

At least they've mastered those audio codecs; now we all sound like robot versions of our former selves... inside a can!

If all those wasn't enough, stuff we already paid for like avatar gear / themes don't look the same they did back at the moment we purchased them; avatar gear is warped (shape only, textures look good) to fit our twisted enlongated avatars, and themes... oh my, it's just like I buy the Mona Lisa and then someday somebody comes to my house and replaced it for a more fitting with nowadays tastes one being the lower half all faded to white or something. WTF!?

MS should learn that there aren't only programming bugs to care about but unneficient designing values, nasty hardware, etc.

Let's hope they patch it letting us at least to configure color settings and/or disabling some UI animations.

Didn't come to rant like that but all my body is screaming this out loud. Even my farts and yawns sound like that, God you could see my spit or a teardrop thru a microscope and you'll read that formed out of bacteria!
Darkwings18
Member
8 years ago
Personally, I think it is alright. At first I wasn't too keen as I'm used to the old dashboard, but it quickly grew on me. It feels more simplistic and user friendly. As for the What's New point above, I think it is alot more tidier to have each section(Demo, Arcade Games, Add-ons etc) to have their own category of Newest. The whole dashboard feels fresh, clean and ready for Kinect.
Z4M0
Member
8 years ago
It's so well done design-wise that most players feel right at home with it. As comfortable as male genitalia in my rectum could be.

Forget personal tastes here; motion sickness, tired sight... those are serious issues ruining the experience not just eyesore decisions like overlap text pannels over avatard gear (awarded ones) or less streamlined marketplace navigation (most of current players already know every bit of stuff on there so being able to jump in to all content new arrivals makes sense).

When so many people yells out the same issues there's a point to it more than personal tastes. Go check forums/ Larry Hryb blog comments :/
Darkwings18
Member
8 years ago
Even if I check them it doesn't change my opinion, everyone is entitled to their own. I said personally to emphasis it is my view not a bunch of people.