Metro-styled Xbox.com revamp goes live

As promised earlier this week, Microsoft has officially launched a new design for its Xbox.com website. The new user interface closely resembles what the new Xbox 360 Dashboard design looks like, which as we reported today, was made available to download for a select number of Xbox 360 owners a few hours ago.

The Xbox.com web site provides a little bit of a preview of what awaits the rest of the Xbox 360 owners when they get access to the Dashboard update (reportedly sometime in mid-November). It includes a new Social section where Microsoft has introduced the idea of Beacons. This feature allows Xbox.com users to mark specific Xbox 360 games with specific days and times when they will be played. The player's friends can then know when to join in for online matches; a feature that is also part of the Xbox 360 Dashboard update.

There's another feature, as discovered on the Joystiq.com web site, that might please Xbox Live users. You can now change your Xbox Live auto-renewal terms right on Xbox.com rather than having to call Microsoft directly. This will be a big time saver for people who might want to cancel their Xbox Live subscription for a little while but then renew it later.

All in all the Xbox.com re-design looks good and the new Beacon and social networking features are well overdue. We would still prefer that the PC Games section have its own web site devoted to it but you can't have everything. If you haven't seen the new changes we suggest you head over there now.

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The site is great.
The new dash is great
windows phone 7 is great
windows 8 developer preview is great

I guess I must be one of the few people who actually learned about Metro instead of accepting my gut reaction at the sight of it. As a result, I appreciate all of the hard work and research that went into the design of Metro.

Tried it on Windows 8 DP, it took me longer to perform some of the most menial tasks, like opening Calculator...

Windows 7:
Windows Key -> type "calc" -> hit enter. takes about 3 seconds.

Windows 8(DP):
Hack Registry to bring back classic start menu so I can do the above steps
Browse through huge list of programs to find the Calculator application I'm looking for.

From a "not an idiot" perspective, this poses a few issues for me. I really hope they have a version without all the Metro UI "touch-screen" friendly junk as I won't be updating my PC to touch screen anytime soon...

CrimsonBetrayal said,
Tried it on Windows 8 DP, it took me longer to perform some of the most menial tasks, like opening Calculator...

Windows 7:
Windows Key -> type "calc" -> hit enter. takes about 3 seconds.

Windows 8(DP):
Hack Registry to bring back classic start menu so I can do the above steps
Browse through huge list of programs to find the Calculator application I'm looking for.

From a "not an idiot" perspective, this poses a few issues for me. I really hope they have a version without all the Metro UI "touch-screen" friendly junk as I won't be updating my PC to touch screen anytime soon...

3 seconds is the fastest you can get dude if you dont have the shortcut icon on your desktop... why are you complaining dude? In windows 7... Click on start then search takes you 3 to 6 seconds or click on start then program then accessories this will even take you more... Their is no way to launch an app hiden in programs any faster when its not on shortcut.

benalvino said,

3 seconds is the fastest you can get dude if you dont have the shortcut icon on your desktop... why are you complaining dude? In windows 7... Click on start then search takes you 3 to 6 seconds or click on start then program then accessories this will even take you more... Their is no way to launch an app hiden in programs any faster when its not on shortcut.

I think you missed what I typed. I said in Windows 7 I use windows key (not mouse click) type "calc" and hit enter. total of 6 keys, and 3 seconds was being generous. My point is, I can't see a way to do it that fast in Windows 8(DP), other than hacking the registry...

I would like them to make new operating systems to be faster than the predecessor, not slower...

edit: But this is side-tracking from the actual story, so I'll let it go.

CrimsonBetrayal said,
Tried it on Windows 8 DP, it took me longer to perform some of the most menial tasks, like opening Calculator...

Windows 7:
Windows Key -> type "calc" -> hit enter. takes about 3 seconds.

Windows 8(DP):
Hack Registry to bring back classic start menu so I can do the above steps
Browse through huge list of programs to find the Calculator application I'm looking for.
It's really not that hard.
From a "not an idiot" perspective, this poses a few issues for me. I really hope they have a version without all the Metro UI "touch-screen" friendly junk as I won't be updating my PC to touch screen anytime soon...


It's really not that hard. Press the windows key, type calc and press enter. No different than windows 7 or even vista. I don't quite understand why people don't understand that the Start screen function practically the same as the windows 7 start menu does. It however just does it better.

CrimsonBetrayal said,
Tried it on Windows 8 DP, it took me longer to perform some of the most menial tasks, like opening Calculator...

Windows 7:
Windows Key -> type "calc" -> hit enter. takes about 3 seconds.

Windows 8(DP):
Hack Registry to bring back classic start menu so I can do the above steps
Browse through huge list of programs to find the Calculator application I'm looking for.

From a "not an idiot" perspective, this poses a few issues for me. I really hope they have a version without all the Metro UI "touch-screen" friendly junk as I won't be updating my PC to touch screen anytime soon...


Wow, you fail at trolling. If you had actually tried it just like you would in Windows 7... Surprise, it works exactly the same.

floopydoodle said,

Wow, you fail at trolling. If you had actually tried it just like you would in Windows 7... Surprise, it works exactly the same.

I love the way how every time you speak your mind, someone has to call you a troll.

Seriously, did you not see me saying I was done on the subject. Read mate.

floopydoodle said,

Wow, you fail at trolling. If you had actually tried it just like you would in Windows 7... Surprise, it works exactly the same.

I had the same problem was well. It might work the same as win7/vista if you do it blind but the menu is not the same and without the inital visual que and feed back its hidden and not very easy to use as you don't really know its there.

sagum said,

I had the same problem was well. It might work the same as win7/vista if you do it blind but the menu is not the same and without the inital visual que and feed back its hidden and not very easy to use as you don't really know its there.

Balony, on 7 there is nothing indicating to you to click the windows button and type, samme on 8. In fact on 8 you dont need to click anything, you just start to type (whilst on the desktop) and as soon as you do a search box will appear, so its actually quicker.

Oh and its a very early beta, with the aim of getting devs upto speed on the new interface, with the old classic start menu LOCKED DOWN (to force the new interface and get the devs using it) - its not been fine tuned to the level that the comments you made could be considered fair, your picking at things that havent been addressed yet.

CrimsonBetrayal said,
Tried it on Windows 8 DP, it took me longer to perform some of the most menial tasks, like opening Calculator...

Windows 7:
Windows Key -> type "calc" -> hit enter. takes about 3 seconds.

Windows 8(DP):
Hack Registry to bring back classic start menu so I can do the above steps
Browse through huge list of programs to find the Calculator application I'm looking for.

From a "not an idiot" perspective, this poses a few issues for me. I really hope they have a version without all the Metro UI "touch-screen" friendly junk as I won't be updating my PC to touch screen anytime soon...

*facepalm*

Really? Not only is there a search option, with the mouse or the keyboard shortcut but simply typing while in the start screen or even the desktop does THE SAME DAMN THING AS WINDOWS 7!

gg, guess you didn't bother to try much and just wanted to quickly go back to what you think you know how to use.

duddit2 said,

Balony, on 7 there is nothing indicating to you to click the windows button and type, samme on 8. In fact on 8 you dont need to click anything, you just start to type (whilst on the desktop) and as soon as you do a search box will appear, so its actually quicker.

I click the Start button to access my programs like I've always done since Windows 95. Now, right there in Windows 7 it has a editbox thats focused for accepting typing with the cursor carrot that has a comment "Search programs and files" with a search icon next to it. Thats the exact same editbox used for search throughout Windows 7 and windows Vista.
I'm really not sure how you don't see that's a visual que that I'm able to search from there. Windows 8 has no visual que prompts that indicate that you can search directly from the start window or start menu. The only thing I found was a a menu link that just says 'Search'.

Its a broken UI as it is, certainly enough to confuse and or mislead a few users.

While I'm not sold on Metro, I'm sure it'll grow on me just like Windows XP did. Man, that was a fugly operating system if I'd ever seen one. Anyhow, it wont change how I play my games, it wont stop them from working, so I'm indifferent as to this. I guess one positive is that all of their platforms will finally look the same, rather than a different style for every site/program/device...

Skin said,
sigh... who honestly thought this thing looked good/

Thank you Microsoft now that you incorporate Metro in every products you make, I will not get Windows 8, Windows Phone 7 and the next Xbox successor.

sopharine said,

Thank you Microsoft now that you incorporate Metro in every products you make, I will not get Windows 8, Windows Phone 7 and the next Xbox successor.

Just jTag and change theme. Easy as spending 20 bucks and some soldering skills

sopharine said,

Thank you Microsoft now that you incorporate Metro in every products you make, I will not get Windows 8, Windows Phone 7 and the next Xbox successor.

We wont miss you

sexypepperoni said,
Ugh Metro.

We;re not in the 1980 where people only have greyscale monitor. Monochrome icons is simply ugly and lazy works on behalf of Microsoft designers.
Unlike Windows 8, everyone who own a Xbox 360 and hate Metro are forced to upgrade.