Next Xbox 360 dashboard called "Twist Control"

Back at E3 2011, Microsoft announced plans for yet another new dashboard user interface update for its Xbox 360 game console. At Gamescom this week, Microsoft revealed more features of the new dashboard, including what Microsoft is calling the redesign. It's titled Twist Control, perhaps because the new dashboard allows the Xbox 360 user to twist their hands via the Kinect motion controller camera to move the elements of the new dashboard.

The redesign has the major channel categories on top of the screen rather than on the left side as they are in the current interface.  Part of the reason for the redesign is that there are now a ton of items to download and use from the Xbox 360 Marketplace which makes the current interface harder to use. Robin Burrowes, Xbox Live product marketing manager for Europe, told Eurogamer, "Hopefully it's easy to browse. It's intuitive in terms of the way the surfing experience will actually work."

One of the new features in the dashboard redesign is called Beacons. Found under the Social channel, it will let Xbox 360 gamers let their buddies know what game they are playing on both Xbox Live and also on their Facebook page. Burrowes says, "People are still text messaging each other and sending messages on other platforms. This is an easier way to do it." People will also be able to "like" a game they are currently playing in Xbox 360 on Facebook.

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Oh no. This means they figured out how to put in more ads. Thought that wasn't possible. Probably now will take 10 motions to get to netflix or my friends list.

xbox users are the biggest freakin complainers when new ui's come out... If you want to play games only then why the hell are you so bothering, but the disc in and shut up. I love the new UI ideas they keep coming up with.

"Part of the reason for the redesign is that there are now a ton of items to download and use from the Xbox 360 Marketplace which makes the current interface harder to use."

Fourth times a charm then Microsoft! You use this excuse every time.

Just come out and say it, we want to push Kinect. It's all made for that device.

oceanmotion said,
"Part of the reason for the redesign is that there are now a ton of items to download and use from the Xbox 360 Marketplace which makes the current interface harder to use."

Fourth times a charm then Microsoft! You use this excuse every time.

Just come out and say it, we want to push Kinect. It's all made for that device.

So?

oceanmotion said,
"Part of the reason for the redesign is that there are now a ton of items to download and use from the Xbox 360 Marketplace which makes the current interface harder to use."

Fourth times a charm then Microsoft! You use this excuse every time.

Just come out and say it, we want to push Kinect. It's all made for that device.

To be fair though, browsing a menu containing more than 10+ items currently is a pain in the backside. Built in Kinect support with menu control is an obvious step in the right direction if Microsoft wants to continue the success their device. That's no excuse, and no surprise.

Current xbox dashboard has your eye focus on the far left side of a television will will cause eye strain because people sitting on their couch supposedly face directly to the center of the television. It's the little detail but Microsoft just doesn't get it.

sopharine said,
Current xbox dashboard has your eye focus on the far left side of a television will will cause eye strain because people sitting on their couch supposedly face directly to the center of the television. It's the little detail but Microsoft just doesn't get it.

Which is another reason why the forthcoming update will feature mostly centred content and menus.

.Markus said,

Which is another reason why the forthcoming update will feature mostly centred content and menus.

They change it not because of ergonomic reason but because of Kinect and matching Windows 8 style. Such horrible design exist in the first place indicate Microsoft really do not get it.

sopharine said,

They change it not because of ergonomic reason but because of Kinect and matching Windows 8 style. Such horrible design exist in the first place indicate Microsoft really do not get it.

The left focused menu bar has been the thing most people have been complaining about since Microsoft removed the previous 'Blades' UI. Whether they made this coming UI centre-aligned due to user feedback, ergonomics or easier hand-gesture control is debatable. End result however is that it's a lot more appealing both visually and ergonomically..

.Markus said,

The left focused menu bar has been the thing most people have been complaining about since Microsoft removed the previous 'Blades' UI. Whether they made this coming UI centre-aligned due to user feedback, ergonomics or easier hand-gesture control is debatable. End result however is that it's a lot more appealing both visually and ergonomically..

Funny how Apple always "gets it" right the first time when it comes to UX.

KingCrimson said,

Funny how Apple always "gets it" right the first time when it comes to UX.

I think you forgot the sarcasm /s

I want more easy access to videogame videos/trailers. (don't need Zune so much...)
Since the later iterations of the dashboard I find I don't download trailers for games anymore, not like I used to with the xbox360 launch dashboard (blades).

Tikimotel said,
I want more easy access to videogame videos/trailers. (don't need Zune so much...)
Since the later iterations of the dashboard I find I don't download trailers for games anymore, not like I used to with the xbox360 launch dashboard (blades).

Agreed. I love Zune on WP7 and my PC, but having to launch it just to watch game trailers on the 360 is a right pain in the posterior.

That is one thing I wouldn't want Facebook integration on. Hopefully you can easily Hide Posts from Xbox Live, cause I dont care what my friends on Facebook are playing! But holy crap, Microsoft makes so many new interfaces for the Xbox!!

andrewbares said,
But holy crap, Microsoft makes so many new interfaces for the Xbox!!

It's better than never upgrading it and then having the UI get stale. Don't forget the 360 has been out for almost 6yrs, and this is the 4th revision to the UI (the 2nd and 3rd only have slight differences between them though, so it's more like the 3rd). So a new UI every couple of years isn't a bad thing.

IceBreakerG said,

It's better than never upgrading it and then having the UI get stale. Don't forget the 360 has been out for almost 6yrs, and this is the 4th revision to the UI (the 2nd and 3rd only have slight differences between them though, so it's more like the 3rd). So a new UI every couple of years isn't a bad thing.

Agreed =] That's the one thing I really like about MS. Keep updating the dashboard so I don't get tired looking at the old UI all the time.. plus the update sort of reformats the 360 OS keeping my 360 feeling fresh and fast

PKP said,

Agreed =] That's the one thing I really like about MS. Keep updating the dashboard so I don't get tired looking at the old UI all the time.. plus the update sort of reformats the 360 OS keeping my 360 feeling fresh and fast

Plus it very closely resembles Windows 8 UI. So they are getting people familiar with their brand-new UI.

PKP said,

Agreed =] That's the one thing I really like about MS. Keep updating the dashboard so I don't get tired looking at the old UI all the time.. plus the update sort of reformats the 360 OS keeping my 360 feeling fresh and fast


Yeah. But I'll be missing the old UI. :'(

andrewbares said,
That is one thing I wouldn't want Facebook integration on. Hopefully you can easily Hide Posts from Xbox Live, cause I dont care what my friends on Facebook are playing! But holy crap, Microsoft makes so many new interfaces for the Xbox!!

How many times has Nintendo updated the Wii UI since it was released... In terms of major like this 0 times. How many times has Sony for the PS3. I'm not sure .. But at least Microsoft keeps it fresh.

Someone gave me an old 360 that still has the original blades style dashboard. I'll probably never update it. It's fun sometimes to go back to the days when this was just a game console and not an internet based multimedia appliance.

TechDudeGeorge said,

How many times has Nintendo updated the Wii UI since it was released... In terms of major like this 0 times. How many times has Sony for the PS3. I'm not sure .. But at least Microsoft keeps it fresh.

Don't forget about the update that added a clock to the Wii menu. A CLOCK! =D

Skyfrog said,
Someone gave me an old 360 that still has the original blades style dashboard. I'll probably never update it. It's fun sometimes to go back to the days when this was just a game console and not an internet based multimedia appliance.

JTAG it!