Microsoft releases Xbox 360 Spring 2011 dashboard update

Today Microsoft has announced the rollout of the Xbox 360 Spring 2011 dashboard update, which will be making its way to all Xbox 360 consoles between May 19 and May 30. Microsoft is deploying the update in six waves throughout this period to ensure the best quality deployment, and as Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) points out, the update will be sent to your system just like any other console update.

The Spring 2011 dashboard update includes:

  • PayPal support – PayPal is now available as means for gamers to purchase Microsoft Points, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and Games on Demand. While this will be available in numerous regions, these countries are currently excluded: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan.
  • Auto-standby for power saving – The Xbox 360 will now be automatically turned to standby if it's left idle for more than one hour. This will reduce the power consumption of the console, and will be automatically enabled after the update is installed (you can disable it via the system settings)

Also added to this system update is support for the new and improved Xbox 360 disc format XGD3 which allows for an extra 1GB of disc space on standard Xbox 360 DVDs by removing the unnecessary video sector. According to WinRumors, it's unclear whether the update also brings improved anti-piracy measures such as wider “AP2.5” (Anti-Piracy v2.5) support; however this is highly likely as previous dashboard updates have all tried to thwart pirates.

Another major Xbox feature is set to launch on May 27, and that is Avatar Kinect. Announced at CES in January, Avatar Kinect will bring a unique way for Xbox 360 Kinect users to communicate between one another via the use of the Kinect’s facial tracking (including expressions) support. This new feature has been promoted by Microsoft as a social experience that brings your Avatar to life.

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Uh...Brazil has tons of smoking hot chicks wearing practically nothing...what are you doing inside playing on an Xbox?!?!?

ahhell said,
Uh...Brazil has tons of smoking hot chicks wearing practically nothing...what are you doing inside playing on an Xbox?!?!?
He must be one ugly fella to be playin xbox all day and not getting with the babes...

DJ Dark said,
He must be one ugly fella to be playin xbox all day and not getting with the babes...

To be honest, I will not care about defending my country, I know what ppl think about Brazil around the world, I have friends in other countries. And no, I don't have Xbox, I have a PS3. Brazillian gamers don't have an easy life. We know everyone works to pay for your games. But our government don't make things easy. Instead, they make things pretty harder than it should be. FYI, the official price for a 160GB PS3 here is around 970 dollars. Obviously, some stores import the console without paying the taxes they're supposed to do, and we can buy it for around 550 dollars, but with no official support from Sony and only 3~6 months warranty. And we have the same problems with the games. We can import the games ourselves, cuz it's easier to come free of taxes.
And Yes, paypal exists in Brazil, even with a localized version.
I think great companies don't use to care about Brazil because everything have heavy taxes to enter the country. It makes the country less interesting for everyone.
And no, theres not tons of "smoking hot chicks wearing practically nothing" here. That's what you can see in Carnival. A terrible waste of time, where everything stops for party for a whole week, some ppl think it's cool to get almost naked in the streets, guys think it's cool to dress like a girl... Man, I ****ing hate it so much!
Well, I told you I wouldn't deffend this country...

Aghares said,
Once again, Brazil is forgotten...
No, excluded. For a reason. I don't know what that reason is, but evidently it's enough to prevent them from being able to support Brazil at the moment. And it's not necessarily MS or PayPal's fault.

Wow, I'm looking forward to the Auto-Standby Feature.... Hope it doesn't interfere with Background Downloads, BTW.... But finally it can get my 360 down if I forget to turn it off or just turns on out of nowhere....

Jose_49 said,
Wow, I'm looking forward to the Auto-Standby Feature.... Hope it doesn't interfere with Background Downloads, BTW.... But finally it can get my 360 down if I forget to turn it off or just turns on out of nowhere....

Indeed... The 6h power off timer seems ridiculous to me, at least as only power saving option...
I bet it won't interfere... I really expect MS to do a proper job at keeping those basic functions intact.

GS:mac

Just to notify everyone, you cannot link Paypal accounts in the UK at the moment. Reports a issue with Paypal not being activated for Windows Live unified log ins.