Rumor: Xbox Dashboard update coming Nov. 15?

Xbox 360 owners who are waiting to download the big Xbox Dashboard update for Microsoft's game console may only have to wait for another six weeks or so. Kotaku reports, via an alleged leaked memo from PayPal, that Microsoft is currently targeting a November 15 launch for the Dashboard revamp, which will be the third version of the Xbox 360 user interface.

PayPal support was added to the Xbox 360 as a payment option for the Xbox Live online service several months ago. But the report claims that, according to the internal email, PayPal employees are being asked to test the service ahead of the November 15 launch of the Dashboard revamp. Microsoft has already announced that it will conduct a beta test for the Dashboard update sometime in October.

The next version of the Xbox Dashboard will have a tile-themed UI similar to the look for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 and the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The new update will also use Microsoft's Kinect motion controller camera as an option. Kinect's voice recognition feature will allow users to navigate though the new user interface or you can simply move and wave your hand to interact with the new dashboard. It will also add a new Bing-based search feature that will enable users to look up anything available for the Xbox 360 via the controller or with Kinect via the voice feature.

Other new features planned for the Dashboard update include players highlighting Xbox 360 game achievements and then sharing them via your Facebook or Twitter account, and "beacons" that let players send an open and invite for friends to play games.

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Really depends on the product...

From previous articles that I was reading, the only reason why PS4 / Xbox Ver 3 not out sooner was the economy / recouping development cost of console's / game developers.

Xp is only supported a long time (patches until 2014) due to vistas crazy delay and business not adoting it eairly. Typically Microsoft only wants to support a version of windows / office for 2 years.

Don't forget Windows "Play for Sure" Music service / drm that was shut down:)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_PlaysForSure or how Microsoft would support the Zune (hardware) for a long time even though they new it would be a long fight against apple...

One thing you have to give MS is that they continue to support their products. Xbox 360 came out almost 6 years ago and MS have stated they expect Xbox 360 to be a player until around 2015. That's some serious support for a console.

Let's be honest, if PS3 is around after 10 years I'll be shocked (although delighted as I own one)

Wiggz said,
One thing you have to give MS is that they continue to support their products. Xbox 360 came out almost 6 years ago and MS have stated they expect Xbox 360 to be a player until around 2015. That's some serious support for a console.

Let's be honest, if PS3 is around after 10 years I'll be shocked (although delighted as I own one)

To be fair, Sony isn't too bad at support either. The PS2 is STILL selling in places and software is still getting released for it, albeit at a declining rate. The PSP is still receiving updates as well.

Wiggz said,
One thing you have to give MS is that they continue to support their products. Xbox 360 came out almost 6 years ago and MS have stated they expect Xbox 360 to be a player until around 2015. That's some serious support for a console.

Let's be honest, if PS3 is around after 10 years I'll be shocked (although delighted as I own one)

LOL

Windows Mobile 6.5

Released with HTC HD2

Already discontinued. Can't sync my data.

Yeah, they do support products IF that brings them cash.

Wiggz said,
One thing you have to give MS is that they continue to support their products. Xbox 360 came out almost 6 years ago and MS have stated they expect Xbox 360 to be a player until around 2015. That's some serious support for a console.

Let's be honest, if PS3 is around after 10 years I'll be shocked (although delighted as I own one)

Well you can get Fifa 12 for PS2... So yeah, the PS3 has a long way to go...


And for the comment above, I do agree with you entirely. Remember my father's win mo 6.0, it never got Office 2010 support...

'It will also add a new Bing-based search feature that will enable users to look up anything available for the Xbox 360'

"Xbox, show me everything I'll have to pay for about a certain thing before the stuff I already own" "sigh"

kravex said,
'It will also add a new Bing-based search feature that will enable users to look up anything available for the Xbox 360'

"Xbox, show me everything I'll have to pay for about a certain thing before the stuff I already own" "sigh"


Uh, OK, yeah, let's just look at everything in the most negative and absurd way possible. Because there's no way you'd want to look for information on a game you don't own, or look for the downloads available for free, or look for the streaming content available, or...

Ayepecks said,

Uh, OK, yeah, let's just look at everything in the most negative and absurd way possible. Because there's no way you'd want to look for information on a game you don't own, or look for the downloads available for free, or look for the streaming content available, or...

So if you say 'Batman' and watch the film you want it to appear every time you say it again, uh, OK.

I'm not being negative just pointing out this will be a MS marketing tool rather than a user benefit.