New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Starts Rolling Out Today

By - Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

{image-1} Many of you have been involved in the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta and have been busy getting an early look at the latest Xbox LIVE features. Today Microsoft is starting to roll out the official release of the update to Xbox LIVE subscribers around the world. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across subscribers and regions over the course of the next week. In this update, you will see the following features: [i]Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard:[/i] Updated UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination. [i]Internet Explorer for Xbox:[/i] With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on your console. You only waited, you know, six years. [i]Recommendations and Ratings:[/i] 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. [i]Pinning:]/i] 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.” [i]Xbox Video:[/i] Formerly called Zune Video Marketplace, Xbox Video offers hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies for buying or renting in instant HD streaming. [i]Recent:[/i] 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. [i]Enhanced Search:[/i] 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 they 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. [i]International Expansion of Voice Search:[/i] Expanded 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.

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