New Xbox 360 dashboard goes live today [Update: Rolling out]

Update 2: The dashboard update is now rolling out and should be with you soon. Major Nelson said via Twitter: “If you don’t have the #XboxUpdate yet, you will get it soon. It is in the process of rolling it out to all Xbox LIVE members.”

Update: Shortly before the release, Major Nelson announced via Twitter that the update has been delayed and to wait for further information coming soon. He said: “FYI: The timing for Xbox 360 dashboard update has been slightly delayed. I’ll have a status update later today.

“Thanks again for your patience. I won’t have additional details until later today. The moment I have new information, I’ll share it with you.”

Original article: Forcing its way onto your Xbox 360, a mandatory dashboard update will be released at 3pm this afternoon in the UK (or not, see above).

The drastic update will change many things you have become accustomed to, with a new dashboard design pressing itself into the corners of your screen when your console is updated.

The new interface is designed to be ultra Kinect friendly, with voice and gesture based navigation options allowing you to control your console as if you were in Minority Report (almost). Of course, you can still break the sci-fi fantasy immersion and still use the controller.

Cloud data storage is also introduced, allowing you to preserve up to 511 MBs of your precious game saves and profile data information online. It will be accessible under Settings or among the options when you are asked to select a storage device.

Also introduced are Beacons, a feature which sends a general game invite to people on your friends list and can even recruit players from Facebook should you set it up to do so.

TV related apps will also start to appear on your Dashboard over the next few months, with several on demand and catch up services due to launch soon. To start with, UK Xbox owners will get LOVEFiLM, with 4OD, Demand 5 and YouTube making an appearance later in December. BBC content will be on the service, but not until early 2012.

Assuming your console is online you should get prompted to update very soon, so keep an eye out for it and be prepared to face a slight delay before you can leap into a game.

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6 comments

  1. Hi
    I have not got the update on my xbox yet and wondered if there had be any hold up with the upadate release int he UK

  2. Anthony H /

    Hi Owen,

    Major Nelson announced on Twitter that there has been a slight delay. He said:

    “FYI: The timing for Xbox 360 dashboard update has been slightly delayed. I’ll have a status update later today”

    No additional details have been dropped but hopefully the delay won’t be too long.

    Source: https://twitter.com/#!/majornelson

  3. Oh that makes sense
    Thanks

  4. what time will it relese,
    at 7 december 3pm?

    • Anthony H /

      There is no current release estimate. All we know is that there is a delay and to wait for further information.

  5. steven /

    its up, its working. Go get it!

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